Yale head coach Euan Roberts with referee Todd Prodanuk.
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B.C. boys high school hoops committee reduces suspension of Yale coach Roberts

LANGLEY — Abbotsford’s Yale Lions will be able to close out their season Saturday with their head coach at their side.

Euan Roberts, who on Wednesday evening was suspended for Yale’s three remaining games at the Telus 2017 B.C. Quad-A boys basketball championships, appealed that suspension Thursday.

“The discipline committee met today and they decided to reduce coach Roberts’ suspension by one game,” said B.C. boys high school basketball president Paul Eberhardt. “So the suspension will last through Friday and he will be able to coach Saturday.”

As reported Wednesday by VarsityLetters.ca: Roberts became upset at the state of officiating towards the latter half of his team’s loss to Vancouver College, a game which Yale led by as many as 19 points late in the first half.

Roberts’ displeasure with the officials was lengthy by anyone’s standards and both a member of his coaching staff, a Yale player and others attempted to get him to leave the court in a timely manner.

He was assessed two technical fouls, ejected from the game and later suspended.

Eberhardt felt the decision of the committee was fair and allowed those playing their final game in Yale jersies to complete their high school playing careers on a good note.

“The committee wanted to make sure that those Grade 12s had the opportunity to have him there for their last game, and I think that is a good decision,” Eberhardt said.

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