Nash irked by view of Douglass

March 05, 1995|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Staff Writer

Retiring Douglass boys basketball coach John Nash said he is "perturbed that we are being to made to look like the culprits" in the fight that occurred at Friday night's 3A East regional final at Broadneck.

The incident required 15 Anne Arundel County police officers to restore order.

After a 15-minute delay, Broadneck won, 92-53, to advance to College Park for the state semifinals.

Douglass received four technicals, two intentional fouls and one flagrant foul, with three Ducks ejected.

Broadneck assistant athletic director Tim McMullen, a Mount St. Joseph grad, said it "was the worst I've seen in 25 years. The last time I saw anything as bad was in 1964 at Morgan State when St. Joe played Dunbar in the MSA finals."

It started when Douglass' Lamar Prilliman punched Broadneck's Eric Elston in the right eye with 1:50 left in the third period after elbowing him there and knocking him to the floor just moments before.

Elston's father, Ernest, charged the floor, and then students rushed onto the court and players from both teams, Nash and Elston had to be restrained.

"My boy just had six stitches over his right eye last week and when Prilliman punched him there again, I had enough," said Ernest Elston. "I went over to Nash to inform him that I would protect my son."

Nash said: "He was wrong as two left feet for coming onto the floor and can't possibly justify his actions. He took a swing at Prilliman. How's he going to protect his son? All hell broke loose when he came out on the floor."

Elston denied he tried to hit Prilliman.

Nash said he and his players were "mistreated by everybody down there, including the police who grabbed me when I was trying to keep my kids out of the melee. Their coach [Ken Kazmarek] said he was concerned about his team's safety, but what about ours? We only had 25 fans there and they had a whole community there."

Nash apologized to Kazmarek and one of the Bruins he thought had been unjustly roughed up by one of his players.

"If I was coaching again, I wouldn't have that kid on my team," said Nash.

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