Monday Feb 09 2009
Updated: Brawl breaks out at basketball tournament
By: Lauren Weber, The Placer Herald
A fight broke out following an Amateur Athletic Union basketball tournament at Hardwood Palace Sunday. The altercation resulted in a 14-year-old boy transported to the hospital where he was treated and released, said Dena Erwin, spokesperson for the Placer County Sheriff’s Department. Hardwood Palace General Manager Scott Sorgea said that the fight has been “blown out of proportion.” Media has reported approximately 50 people may have been involved in the dispute, but Sorgea disagrees. “There were really four people involved,” he said Monday afternoon, but there were 50 people around and hundreds in the building. Following the basketball tournament, words were exchanged that possibly provoked the fight, Sorgea said. “We rented the facility, our people responded in a professional manner,” he said. Hardwood Palace employees contacted the police. Erwin said several calls were made to 911 at approximately 3:30 p.m. Sunday. No arrests or charges have been made, Erwin said. “There were only a couple of people throwing punches,” Erwin said. Currently a detective is interviewing dozens of witnesses to determine how the fight began, Erwin said. The basketball tournament was a championship game between 8th-grade boys on Rocklin Youth Basketball Academy and Folsom Force teams. Hardwood Palace is located at 1091 Tinker Road. While the establishment has a Rocklin mailing address the facility is technically located in the Sunset Industrial area of Placer County, in the jurisdiction of the Placer County Sheriff’s Department.