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Gene Wang of the Washington Post is traveling with the Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team on their trip to China, which means he had a front row seat to the huge fracas that took place a day ago between the Chinese professional team the Bayi Rockets and the Hoyas. By now photos and video of the incident have popped up everywhere on the internet, and fans and media alike have been quick to pass down judgement on both John Thompson III's club and Bayi. But until Wang joined Mike Wise on 106.7 the Fan DC Wednesday, I had not heard a first-hand account of the incident. In the reporter's own words:
By roughly the second quarter there were some hard fouls, it started escalating to get harder and harder. At one point Nate Lubik, a Georgetown player, and another Chinese player had words along the baseline.
In the thrid quarter was when it was really started getting out of hand. Third quarter itself took one hour. This is a 12 minute quarter they play with no TV timeouts. Took one hour because of all the stoppages, all the technical fouls, flagrant fouls, talking to both coaches and players from both teams.
And then with about 9 minutes left, nine and half minutes left in the game, Jason Clark, this is how I saw it, I was on the other side of the court, Jason Clark, Georgetown senior guard and team leader, was fouled hard by a Chinese player.
Mike Wise jumped in here to ask Wang to clarify the "hard foul":
From what I can see, it was a push. He got pushed to the ground trying to dribble the balls across half court. And Jason got up, Clark got up, and had some words for the Chinese player, they both started pushing and shoving, and then the benches emptied for the second time. The benches had emptied early before on another foul, earlier in the third quarter, so this was the second time the benches had cleared.
And this time, before I knew it, there were chairs flying, I'm not kidding you, Henry Sims had a chair thrown at him, and there were skirmishes all over the court, I mean in each section of the court, players from the Chinese team and Georgetown players were wrestling each other. I saw punches being thrown, I can't say specifically by whom, there were just arms waving all over the place.
Sounds like a pretty ridiculous scene, even wilder than still images and amateur video have been able to describe. I am curious to see what, if anything, comes of this incident in the days and weeks to come.
Thursday's brawl between the Georgetown Hoyas and Bayi Rockets definitely led to sides being taken. As Casual Hoya points out, "is one of outrage towards the hosting Bayi Rockets and and relief that no one was seriously injured." The other side, however, "is full of clowns either mocking the Hoyas or deriding the young team for not fighting back further." To each his own, but former Hoyas definitely stood by their team and did so loudly and proudly on Twitter.
all these ppl got a lot to say about what happened ova there but i would love to see what they would do if somebody threw a chair at them...less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet ReplyGreg Monroe
we dont advocate violence but we definetey dont tolerate the nonsense. We represent alot more then most college teams. #factless than a minute ago via Echofon Favorite Retweet ReplyChris Wright
Given the state of media in China, it's not a huge surprise that there might be some shenanigans in the way the Georgetown basketball brawl against Chinese pro team Bayi was covered. Still, the stuff dug up by Gene Wang and Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post was pretty jarring.
In Wang's story, he reported that the country's official news service didn't even cover the event and that the government took down stories on independent websites.
Xinhua News Agency, China's official news service, did not have an immediate account of the game, and although other prominent Chinese Web sites such as 163.com and sina.com posted stories, government censors shortly thereafter took them down.
Steinberg, meanwhile, provided the images of several other English-speaking Chinese news outlets, many of which are showing off their women's tennis coverage. That's, um, rather unfortunate.
For more on the Georgetown men's basketball brawl, visit SB Nation's Hoyas blog Casual Hoya.
Quite arguably the biggest story in the sports world Thursday was the fight that took place between the Georgetown Hoyas and Bayi Rockets during Thursday's exhibition game. Tempers flared as both teams scuffled before Hoyas head coach John Thompson III pulled his team off of the court before the game was over in the fourth quarter.
Friday morning, both teams decided to meet once again, but in a more professional manner. Thompson III, accompanied by senior Jason Clark and junior Hollis Thompson, met with Bayi head coach Adejiang and two of his players, Chen Yu and Lehei De, to smooth things over.
A press release from Georgetown's athletic department says that the meeting was "very cordial and friendly." Handshakes were exchanged and both teams exchanged autographed basketballs.
It seems that the bad blood is behind the Hoyas and Rockets and the former will continue to travel China with the Nike Sports Festival beginning this weekend in Shangai.
We've seen some pictures of the fracas that broke out between the Georgetown basketball team and the Chinese team Bayi, but until now we haven't been able to seen any video. Well, here it is, via Sports Grid who allegedly got it from a Chinese source.
Form that video, it looks like thebrawl started because a Georgetown player was not happy with a foul on the Chinese team. But even before that, it looked like the game was getting very chippy. But s the camera pans back to the action, you can definitely see a Georgetown player attempt to dive for a Bayi player's legs. Then all hell breaks loose.
There are little fights going on all over the court, and there doesn't seem to be anyone who is trying to stop it. It goes on for way to long before the players all pulled off of each other. Then, as the Georgetown team is leaving through the tunnel, you can see water bottles raining down on them. Truly scary stuff.
The Georgetown Basketball team was involved in a pretty nasty fight during an exhibition game against a professional team in China this morning, but because it was oversees and took place so early, there aren't a lot of accounts of exactly what happened. Well Gene Wang of the Washington Post was in attendance, and he has some new details about exactly what happened.
Georgetown Coach John Thompson III pulled his players off the court with 9 minutes 32 seconds left in the game and the scored tied at 64 after a chaotic scene in which members of both teams began throwing punches and tackling one another.
That much we knew. But the new information is about what caused the Georgetown team to be so upset. Apparently it was an extremely physical game that the refs failed to officiate. And when they did, they were calling fouls on Georgetown in nearly a 3-1 ratio. That got under their skin. It got so chippy that both benches had actually emptied once before in this game.
Immediately before the fighting began, Bayi forward-center Hu Ke was called for a foul against Georgetown’s Jason Clark. The senior guard clearly took exception to the hard foul and said so to Hu, triggers an exchange of shoves. That’s when players from the Georgetown and Bayi benches ran onto the court, and bedlam ensued.
One of the scariest wrinkles is that sometime during the brawl, chairs started coming onto the court from the fans and others. One reportedly hit senior center Henry Sims.
As Thompson and his staff summoned players together and began escorting them off the court, the group had to dodge plastic water bottles being hurled from the stands. Once they reached the safety of the locker room, the team immediately gathered all its equipment and headed for the buses outside.
The whole story is pretty crazy, especially considering this was supposed to be a diplomatic game. A friendly of sorts. Certainly didn't play out that way. But no one was seriously hurt, so we can all be thankful for that. It will be interesting to see what comes of this though.
All of the details are still coming in from China after the Georgetown University Men’s Basketball team’s alleged melee with the Bayi Rockets. One of the most detailed accounts available right now comes from a Hoya fan’s posting on the Hoya Talk message board.
The fan, while admittedly biased toward the Hoyas’ perspective, said that the brawl was largely a result of “comically” uneven officiating that whistled Georgetown for fouls on nearly every Bayi possession while calling nearly nothing on the host club.
After a couple of small shoving matches early in the game, things apparently got out of control in the final period:
“Two minutes into the fourth, [the Rockets] were pressing full court, trapped one of our guards (I forget who it was), and then must have pushed or punched him on the ground after he made the outlet pass, because then there was a shoving match and then a bit of a fight, and then the whole thing set off. He tried to get away as quickly as possible as the Chinese players sort of converged on him, and then benches cleared, and then people on the Chinese bench started picking up chairs. Everyone on the other side of the court started fighting as well. Brawl spread all over the court, and then off the court. After it kicked off it immediately became possible for the crowd to get involved, and then they did. As we tried to get the team off the court, bottles (plastic ones, thankfully) came out of the crowd at the team and everyone left.”
The fan also had this to say in Georgetown’s defense:
“This was really not our fault. The refs completely failed to control the game, and these things happen when they can continue to maul us underneath with no consequences. The coaching staff called the whole team over at several times during the game and calmed everyone down. We didn’t throw any punches and players and coaches were generally just laughing at the absurdity of the officiating at times.”
A very diplomatic Georgetown head coach John Thompson III had this to say after the brawl:
“Tonight, two great teams played a very competitive game that unfortunately ended after heated exchanges with both teams. We sincerely regret that this situation occurred. We remain grateful for the opportunity our student-athletes are having to engage in a sport they love here in China, while strengthening their understanding of a nation we respect and admire at G’town University.”
If all that’s too much information, this picture pretty much sums it up.
Bedlam broke out in an exhibition game between the Hoyas and Chinese professional team Baiyi, and the Hoyas had to leave the court as bottles were being thrown at them from the stands.