St. Paul's coach pulls team from floor

January 27, 1993

Yesterday's boys basketball game between St. Paul's School and host Towson Catholic was stopped midway through the first quarter after St. Paul's coach Rick Collins pulled his team off the floor and left the gymnasium after he received three technical fouls.

St. Paul's trailed 7-1 with 3:36 left in the first quarter when Collins was given three technical fouls by official William Vaughan, according to Towson Catholic coach Mike Daniels.

"When I turned around to talk to my kids on the sidelines, he [Collins] pulled his team off the court and left," Daniels said. Collins did not tell Daniels why he took his team off the floor.

According to Collins, he was given his first technical foul after questioning a traveling violation.

While Towson Catholic was at the foul line shooting the free throws, Collins told his players "to get into the game," and the official assessed him his second technical.

Collins twice attempted to call a timeout, which wasn't acknowledged by the officials.

The Owls hit the free throws awarded from the technical on the bench and were shooting another pair of technical free throws when Collins called his players to the side. He was hit with a third technical, which is an automatic ejection.

He then took his players off the court.

"I knew at that point [third technical] that the officials had deemed themselves more important than the game," Collins said last night. "Thisis the first time that something like this has happened, and it was uncalled for. I could've had my assistants coached the game, but it was my decision not to do that."

Tom McCann, commissioner of IAABO Board No. 290, which handles Maryland Scholastic Association games, said that the game is an official game and that he will meet with the officials, Collins and Daniels, concerning Collins' actions.

* Lake Clifton 107, City 50: Terrance Payne scored 22 points and had nine rebounds, leading No. 1 Lake Clifton (11-3, 6-0) over visiting City (1-11, 0-8) in a Gamper Conference 4A-1A Division game. Shawnta Rogers added 19 points, and teammate Kevin Norris had 17 points and 10 assists.

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