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McClatchy High School Girls’ Basketball Team Loses Home Court Advantage on Fan Behavior

McClatchy High School Girls' Basketball Team Loses Home Court Advantage on Fan Behavior

The CK McClatchy High School girls’ basketball team is scheduled to play the remainder of their NorCal playoff games on the road due to fans rushing to the court prematurely during a game last week at the school in Sacramento. CIF Assistant Commissioner Will DeBoard told KCRA 3 the action stemmed from what happened in the quarter-finals of the Lions game against Stockton’s Lincoln. The match ended with McClatchy fans rushing onto the court with about seven seconds left and the referees calling a win for CKM. This robbed Lincoln of a scoring chance with the tightly contested game at 68-66. (Previous coverage in the video above.) “You can’t have fans and students on the court like that,” DeBoard said. He said the fans’ arrival on the field was not an isolated incident and “we felt that for the safety of the student-athletes in this game, they participated on the road for the remainder of the playoffs.” Oak Ridge High School defeated McClatchy later in the week to earn an Open Division berth for the CIF State Basketball Tournament. McClatchy is the No. 2 seed in Division 2 and will face No. 10 Antelope on Thursday. Normally, CKM should have the home court advantage in the NorCal Quarterfinals. If they won again, they would advance to the semifinals on Saturday, then the NorCal Regional Finals on Tuesday. A win there would have them play in the state championships at the Golden 1 Center against the winner of the SoCal Division 2 Finals. In a twist, the NorCal Finals matchup could end up being against Stockton’s Lincoln. Following the disputed result of last week’s match, Lincoln was admitted to the NorCals and won their first round match. The teams could meet again if the two win on Thursday and Saturday.

The CK McClatchy High School girls’ basketball team is scheduled to play the remainder of their NorCal playoff games on the road due to fans rushing to the court prematurely during a game last week at the school in Sacramento.

CIF Assistant Commissioner Will DeBoard told KCRA 3 the action stemmed from what happened in the quarter-finals section of the Lions game against Stockton’s Lincoln.

The match ended with McClatchy fans rushing onto the court with about seven seconds left and the referees calling for victory for CKM. This robbed Lincoln of a scoring chance with the tightly contested game at 68-66. (Previous coverage in the video above.)

“You can’t have fans and students on the field like that,” DeBoard said.

He said the fans’ arrival on the field was not an isolated incident and “we felt that for the safety of the student-athletes for this game, they participated on the road for the remainder of the playoffs.”

Oak Ridge High School defeated McClatchy later in the week to earn a spot in the Open Division for the CAF National Basketball Tournament.

McClatchy is the No. 2 seed in Division 2 and will face No. 10 Antelope on Thursday. Normally, CKM should have the home court advantage in the NorCal Quarterfinals.

If they won again, they would advance to the semifinals on Saturday, then the NorCal Regional Finals on Tuesday. A win there would have them play in the state championships at the Golden 1 Center against the winner of the SoCal Division 2 Finals.

In a twist, the NorCal Finals matchup could end up being against Stockton’s Lincoln.

Following the disputed result of last week’s match, Lincoln was admitted to the NorCals and won their first round match.

The teams could meet again if the two win on Thursday and Saturday.