BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Deanthony Bowie hit a 14 footer at the buzzer, giving West Harrison a 48-46 overtime victory over Gulfport.
A series of fights in the stands brought Hoopsfest game number six to a sudden halt. Coliseum security and Biloxi police rushed into the swarm of people, at one point tripping down the stairs when punches were flying. People were handcuffed and removed from the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.
When tempers calmed down and the game resumed, Gulfport and West Harrison put on quite a show, battling, the right way, into overtime.
The Admirals led 20-19 at the half. They built on that lead in the third quarter, using a suffocating defense to keep the Hurricanes away from the basket. Gulfport was up 33-26 after three.
West Harrison made a furious comeback in the first two minutes of the fourth, tying the game at 35 with 6:00 still on the clock.
The Canes took the lead 40-39 with 2:26 left when Harvey Smart banked in a layup off the Deanthony Bowie feed, and completed the three point play by nailing a free throw.
Gulfport's Jonathan "Biscuit" Floyd hit a three from the corner with :51 left. That tied the game at 42.
With 7.8 seconds on the clock, the game came to a sudden halt. Fans started throwing punches in the stands. That one fight quickly spread. Several other wrestling matches started. Both teams left the court. The game was delayed for almost 20 minutes.
Officials at the scene tell us at least four juveniles were arrested as a result of the brawl. Mobile users can watch footage of the fight here:
When both teams returned to the court, West Harrison had the ball, and a chance to win. But, a desperation shot fell short. And like the previous game at Hoopsfest, Gulfport and West Harrison went to overtime. In that OT session, Bowie had the ball in his hands with the clock ticking toward zero. His shot swished through the net just as the horn sounded, giving the Hurricanes a two point win over Gulfport.