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Consequences loom for Warren JFK team

Published: Fri, February 8, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

By Steve ruman



A wild and premature ending to Tuesday’s game between the Windham and Warren John F. Kennedy boys basketball teams will have lingering effects for the Eagles’ basketball program.

At best, Warren JFK will be without the services of head coach Shawn Pompelia for its next two games.

Pomelia was ejected after picking up his second technical foul during the early stages of the fourth quarter.

Under Ohio High School Athletic Association bylaws, he must serve a two-game suspension and pay a $100 fine. He also must complete a teaching and modeling behavior course through the National Federation of State High School Associations Learning Center.

Whether or not the Warren JFK coaching staff or players will face additional disciplinary action will be determined by the OHSAA.

The game ended with 3:51 remaining in the fourth quarter when the Warren JFK coaches and players walked off the court. The decision to head into the locker room was made by assistant coach Marlon McGaughy, who assumed coaching duties in Pompelia’s absence.

At the time, Windham led 88-49. Just prior to the exit, a brief scuffle on the court resulted in technical fouls on each team. For JFK, it was their fifth technical of the game, and 25th overall foul.

McGaughy said his decision to leave the court was based on safety concerns, according to a story in Wednesday’s edition of The Record-Courier.

“I don’t want my team to get disrespected and I felt like we were getting harassed and threatened by some of the fans. I was doing what I did for safety reasons,” McGaughy said.

On Thursday, OHSAA Director of Information Services Tim Stried said the matter was still under investigation.

“We haven’t spoken yet to individuals from either school, which is something we want to do,” Stried said. “Also, we’ll review a game report which will be submitted by the officials who worked the contest.”

Game reports noted that the JFK players eventually returned to the court to complete the game, but that the three-man officiating crew had already left the building.


1wayicit(1 comment)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

JFK was in the locker room for about 60 seconds. They left the court area during a timeout and returned to the court within 30 seconds after the end of the timeout. The officials left the court less than 30 seconds of JFK going to the locker room. The officials were still in the buiding. I walked out with them when I left at nearly 10 pm. They refused to return to the court and never made an official decision to scorers table to end the game. The referees need to be held accountable for the events of this game. You can watch a video of the incident on record pub.com. The video begins within 10 seconds of JFK going to locker room and it ends about 15 seconds before JFK returned to the court.

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2YtownSports(306 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Didn't see the game, so I don't know the details of the general quality of the officiating, but this account makes it seem like the crew never got control of the game. 25 fouls and 5 technicals against one team is extraordinary. The officials definitely did not fulfill their responsibility to communicate with the JFK coaches to determine whether or not the game could or would be completed.

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