LELAND, NC (WWAY) -- It was a close Waccamaw Conference game between North Brunswick and Whiteville, when a hard foul changed the atmosphere of the crowd. After the foul by Whiteville's Rhasheem McMillan, a North Brunswick fan threw a plastic bottle from the stands, nearly hitting McMillan.
Both benches emptied, and fans ran onto the court, as coaches and administrators tried keep the situation from escalating. Brunswick County Sheriff's deputies quickly controlled the crowd.
After a 15-minute break in play, all fans were ejected, and the game ended without a single person in the stands.
"It was the best idea just to keep the hostility away from the kids," North Brunswick head coach Bryan Hayes said. "Our biggest concern was the safety of the kids, and just ensuring their health and well being was first and foremost. We just felt like it was a little too hostile at that time to continue with the fans in the game, because it's about the kids. It's not about the fans."
North Brunswick would win the game 67-58.