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Game canceled after digital taunting

by on January 15, 2014 7:46 PM

A highly-anticipated high school boys’ basketball game Wednesday night between Indiana and the Kiski School was cancelled due to an apparent “Twitter war.”

Posts on the social media site indicate students, including players, from both schools had competitive, back-and-forth dialogue in the days leading up to the game. On Wednesday, several players indicated the online spat was the reason for the cancellation, a fact later confirmed by Indiana coach Greg Lezanic.

Indiana athletic director Patrick Snyder said Kiski School decided to forfeit the game. Kiski officials could not be reached for comment.

With a 12-1 record, Indiana is having its best season in many years. The non-conference game with the private school in Saltsburg was a big one for the Indians. The Cougars’ powerhouse program routinely sends players to Division I college basketball, and Indiana natives Dante Lombardi and Ryan Hoff are on the Kiski team.

“The reason I tried to schedule the game was, first of all, the competition,” Lezanic said.

“We just wanted to play the game. … We were all looking forward to it. It was just a shame the game couldn’t be played.”

The game will not be rescheduled. Indiana has the option to accept or decline the forfeit. If it were to accept, the game would count toward a full 22-game schedule. Instead, Indiana is looking to add a separate non-conference game to its schedule before the regular season ends Feb. 10.



Eli Nellis is a sports writer for The Indiana Gazette.
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