Northwestern High School Athletic Director Dan Armstrong announced the Tigers have forfeited its Mid-Indiana Conference boys basketball game that was played on Dec. 14, 2012. Northwestern originally defeated Maconaquah on the road, 56-54.
In a press release, Armstrong stated: “I am notifying you that Northwestern will be forfeiting our varsity boys basketball game victory to Maconaquah due to one of our athletes entering a sixth quarter during that JV/Varsity session.”
Northwestern boys head basketball coach Jim Gish and his staff apparently entered a reserve player into a sixth quarter for seven seconds, and attempted to remove him as a coach realized the mistake. But because he was entered into the game, rules would not allow him to immediately come out. High school players may play a maximum of five quarters between a basketball junior varsity and varsity week.
Because this was a coaching issue and not the players fault, the Sports Journal has decided not to divulge the player’s name.
The forfeit drops the Purple Tigers to 4-4 on the season and 1-2 in MIC play. Maconaquah’s record is adjusted to 6-3 and 1-0 in the MIC. Northwestern is back in action on Jan. 8 when they host Frankfort at 7:30 p.m. Maconaquah hosts Eastern at 7:40 p.m. Friday night in MIC action.