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Georgetown now fighting teams in China

Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:14 am
Edited on: August 18, 2011 10:42 am
By Matt Norlander

We can now presume when the Hoyas met with Joe Biden in Beijing yesterday, they didn't talk about peace and diplomacy.

And I'm guessing, unlike the Biden photo-op, we won't be receiving a press release about this dust-up.

UPDATE: Statement from Georgetown is as follows, "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."

Georgetown's team got pulled off the court in the fourth quarter of a game Friday (it's Friday over there) against Baiyi, when the score was 64-64, after players began fighting and "chairs were being thrown. Players and coaches had to dodge water bottles hurled from stands."

I can't quite make out the photo to the right, but it could very well be Hollis Thompson swinging limbs with a Baiyi player.

It never even gets this bad against Syracuse. Did someone say "your Mom's a Hoya!" in Mandarin? Is that what led to what looks like complete chaos in an overseas exhibition?

Well, via Ballin' is a Habit, this messageboard claims to have the rundown on what happened, as the poster was in attendance at the game. It is a messageboard, so we always tread carefully, but here's a lengthy, supposedly informed excerpt:

The whole thing came undone in the third. About two minutes in, the ridiculously lopsided foul calls continued and the first real shoving match kicked off over a loose ball. The players on the court separated each other pretty quickly, but then the craziest thing I've ever seen happened- one of the Bayi big men got in JT3's face and almost took a swing. He was so shocked he didn't know what to do. So that upped the ante a bit.

Then the foul calls truly took on a comical dimension. ... There were four or five intentional fouls called, giving them four shots each time down the court. JT3 was called for a technical for stepping over the line onto the court. ... A few exchanges got testy and at one point players had to restrain themselves again.

Two minutes into the fourth, they 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. Security was there (sort of), but it was more equivalent to mall cop-quality security rather than actual security. The Georgetown staff wanted the security to get on the floor, but honestly these guys didn't have a clue what to do. They escorted the whole alumni contingent out fairly quickly after that.
To me, just looks like another example of some real team bonding on an overseas trip. Mission accomplished, really.

Photos via here
Category: NCAAB

Since: Jul 12, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 4:04 pm

Georgetown now fighting teams in China

China is a joke if they were tied against a college team.

Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2011 3:55 pm

Georgetown now fighting teams in China

KCB, I did watch the video.  The Georgetown player at the left of the video throws a punch after making the outlet pass, then it looks like he tried to tackle the Chinese player and got trippd to the floor.  The ensuing melee was made worse by both teams.  Again, rough play under the boards, in the lane, and on the court is no excuse to participate in a brawl.  And blaming it on homecourt officiating is pathetic.  Th officials are bad, so we get to act like dumba$$es.  That's intelligent.

Since: Oct 28, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2011 3:53 pm

Georgetown now fighting teams in China


Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: August 18, 2011 3:41 pm

Georgetown now fighting teams in China

To me it looked like the Hoya on the left shoved the Chinese player after getting fouled on the outlet, which the sent about 6 guys after the Hoya who tripped and fell to the ground as he was either trying to run away or for some reason running toward the rest of the chinese team. I hate to say it but it seemed like many of the Hoyas were trying to get away, especially at the end when the one hoya runs into the separator fence and gets swarmed. Either way, lose the racial component cuz it has nothing to do with it. it's horrible for both teams and basketball in general. 

Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 3:34 pm

Georgetown now fighting teams in China

I have read some of the comments and they are just as bad as the fight. But this is really not a black,white, chinese issue. Its a fight at a game that was supposed to promote basketball to both countries. If that game had been in the US. the NCAA would have already suspended players for the upcoming season and the parties involved that were not bb players would be facing criminal charges. Indiana-Detroit wasnt that long ago. So why arent the people responsible for organizing this game and referees and for that matter the police that stood by doing nothig being held accountable for what happened. If they want to learn bb they can come here, I wouldnt allow another CBB team to travel overseas. to dangerous... Dont forget folks there are alot of people in this world that just dont like us. period

Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2011 3:32 pm

Georgetown now fighting teams in China

Wow talk about embarassing... Clearly this was a pathetic display of sportsmanship by both teams, but from watching the video, it's pretty evident that #21 [Jason Clark] threw the first punch, then tried to tackle another guy and got thrown to the ground like a rag doll. Then after that it was just an all out melee. Can't really favor either side in the fight: doesn't look like the Hoyas were trying to stop the brawl, as some people are saying: it just looks like they were getting their sh*t handed to them.

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2011 3:27 pm

Georgetown now fighting teams in China

Nice digging kcb, the video seems to show two Chinese players fouling (intentionally) a Hoya attempting an outlook pass.  The Hoya looks like he shoved one of them back (out of frsutration at not getting two obvious foul calls) and then the two Chinese players go after him.  At one point there were 5-6 Chinese players on that one guy.  This of course followed some of the most hometown officiating ever.  The Chinese are trash - never play them overseas again, let them come here and face a packed NBA stadium with no security... my guess is they don't have the balls (to go along with their really tiny...).

Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: August 18, 2011 3:27 pm

Georgetown now fighting teams in China

I see that some people are still following George W. Bush diplomacy methods.

Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2011 3:27 pm

Georgetown now fighting teams in China

The Chinese guys are probably still mad (and wanting some revenge) over Will Smith's son winning that karate tournament in "Karate Kid".

I think Duke has another game over there, so coach K may want to postpone it.

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: August 18, 2011 3:18 pm

Georgetown now fighting teams in China

I dunno who threw the first punch but man...there was some viscous beating going on by the Chinese players(and probly the hoya players too, but the video i saw shows more of the other). Toward the end you can see a Hoya on the ground wiht 3 guys from the Beijing team kicking and punching him, followed by more people running over, some with chairs...pretty sad that it comes to this...but at least we know its not just us in the colonies that are insane.

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