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Fan Attacks Rival High School Basketball Coach’s Wife During Game

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STOCKTON (CBS13) — A fight on the basketball court between a fan and the wife of a rival basketball coach ended the night for both schools.

The melee stopped the freshman girls game between McNair and St. Mary’s High Schools and canceled the rest of the night’s games.

St. Mary’s girl’s basketball coach Tom Gonzalves is still in shock after what he describes as a brutal attack on his wife.

“I’ve been coaching for a long time, and it’s one of the worst things I’ve ever seen,” he said. “She was covering herself up, and the lady was like, bam bam, and I saw two hits.”

During a heated rivalry game, Gonzalves says a woman rooting for McNair started throwing punches.

“Her face was just red, and it was crazy,” he said. “My gut feeling was that, hey, we’ve got to get out of here.”

He was concerned there may not have been enough security for the game.

Stockton Police said they’re investigating the incident, but no arrests have been made.

McNair students say what happened in their gym is an embarrassment.

“It’s pretty immature for parents to be fighting over such a little kiddish thing,” said one student.

After being told there would be no comment from McNair’s principal, the Lodi school district did issues a brief statement saying: “The incident in question is part of an ongoing investigation. School safety is a priority of the district during the school day and at all school activities.”

Gonzalves insists that charges need to be filed in the case.

“It was just sad,” he said.

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