Fans Trouble Surfaces Again

By: Francis Pelenah

The Inquirer
Monrovia, Liberia

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The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

Posted January 19, 2004

The usual fans disturbance that goes along the quarter finals and semi-finals stages of the Inter-Schools Sports Association Annual Basketball League, is once again raising its ugly head at the open air Sports Commission on Broad Street.

In a tension-packed match yesterday at the sports commission, students of the College of West Africa and the Monrovia College went wild and began throwing missiles including water bags at each other as well as on the pitch.

Immediately following their action, which punctuated the game with spectators running helter skelter on the court, authorities of ISSA then ruled that the game be cancelled to allow an investigation into the matter.

The ISSA decision further aggravated students of the CWA who then began throwing additional waterbags on the court in a bid to disrupt the other match even at the time they were forced out of the court by their instructors.

Their latest action prompted ISSA to award the game to the Len Miller High School, thus qualifying her for a quarterfinal birth today. Prior to the disruption of the match, the score was at 18 points each.

Earlier in the female category, SDA forfeited to Len Miller. In the day’s last encounter, St. Edward came from 0-7deficit to edge out Monrovia College 37-25 points.

On Wednesday, ISSA’s female basketball power-house, St. Teresa’s Convent outclassed St. Kizito 24-4 points in a match she dominated from start to finish. In game two, J. J. Roberts bowed down to Cathedral 27-36 points while Star Studded First Assembly of God Mission School whipped her sister Sinkor A. G. M. 46-30points.

The Racoons of J. J. Ross for their part dumped Worldwide Mission 32-18 points to close Wednesday’s activities at the Sports Commission.

Already, three schools have qualified for the male semi-finals which come up next Wednesday. They include A.G.M., J.J. Ross and St. Edward. They are expected to be joined later today by the winner of Len Miller and Cathedral’s encounter.

The games are in continuation of the 2002/2003 ISSA League Season which was abruptly halted due to the recent Monrovia fighting.

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