Two boys in post-game fight face possible charges

Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Juneau police are recommending that prosecutors charge two teenagers with disorderly conduct after an alleged Friday night attack on a Ketchikan High School basketball player.

The fight near Juneau-Douglas High School was reported to police shortly before midnight Friday, after Ketchikan defeated Juneau-Douglas in a dramatic overtime game to claim the regional title.

Capt. Tom Porter said he could not release the names of the boys, ages 16 and 17, because they are minors. Their cases were referred to Johnson Youth Center.

Porter only described the victim as an 18-year-old Ketchikan basketball player who he said refused medical treatment. Ketchikan residents identified the victim as senior Casey Bass.

"I was a little disappointed it happened," Bass said Tuesday from his team's practice for the upcoming state tournament. "I understand the rivalry, but going up there and getting jumped isn't what I expected from Juneau."

On the question of whether the fight was related to the basketball game, Porter said, "My sense is that it was not coincidental."

Friday night's Southeast-Class 4A boys region final basketball game at the high school gym pitted Juneau-Douglas against Ketchikan. Ketchikan earned the trip to the state tournament and ended Juneau's season.

Bass told the Ketchikan Daily News that after the game outside the high school he was walking behind others on the team when he was attacked by people he did not know. He said he turned and grabbed someone who struck him, and went to the ground fighting.

A teammate helped break up the fight and his attackers fled, he said.

Porter said the leads police followed while investigating the incident did not indicate that any other people should be charged or that there were any other victims.

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