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Dunbar ruled out of OHSAA tournament, Thurgood Marshall back in

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DAYTON (WKEF/WRGT) - The Dunbar boys basketball team has been ruled out of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division II tournament.

OHSAA confirmed Thursday morning that Dunbar has been bounced from the postseason for use of an ineligible player during a tournament game. This means Thurgood Marshall is now credited with a forfeit on the OHSAA's official website bracket.

OSHAA says on January 10, during a regular season game between Dunbar and Thurgood Marshall, seven players from Dunbar left the bench during a fight. However, two of the players who left the bench were not suspended by the school for two games, which is a national rule. OSHAA says it tried to communicate with the school on seven different times about the mandated suspensions, but the suspensions were not served.

Thurgood Marshall players also left the bench, but OSHAA says the school suspended those players. “We never want to remove a team from the tournament, but the school’s inability to follow proper procedure and communicate is disturbing,” said Dr. Dan Ross, OHSAA Executive Director. “Sitting out two games for fighting, or leaving the bench during a fight, is a rule that all our coaches and schools know. It’s a rule that we communicate many times each season. We are disappointed that the school could not follow through with our repeated attempts to bring a resolution to this matter in the last seven weeks.”

OSHAA says it will be meeting with Dayton Public Schools since the district is already serving penalties for a previous incident in October of 2016.

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