The Rice Bulldogs won again Tuesday night, defeating Scurry-Rosser 58-42 to set up a first-place showdown against Malakoff on Friday night.
The game is scheduled to be played in Malakoff, and hopefully the two teams can play without incident.
When Malakoff played at Rice on Jan. 21 the visiting Tigers won the game 68-67 with a furious comeback and a basket at the buzzer.
But what followed was unreal.
The Malakoff fans stormed the Rice court and quickly took their celebration to the north side of the court, where the Malakoff players were confronting the Rice fans in the north bleachers.
A wild and ugly brawl broke out and when Rice administrators raced into the crowd and attempted to break up the fight even they were on the wrong end of punches being thrown by Malakoff fans and players.
Rice officials and police finally gained control and had all the Malakoff fans leave the gym while telling the Rice fans to remain in the gym.
Before it was over, seven law enforcement vehicles from surrounding communities were called to the Rice parking lot to make sure the Malakoff fans and players left the area to avoid any more fighting.
None of the Malakoff players were suspended by the UIL, and there was no change in the site of the second game, which will take place Friday night in Malakoff.
There was speculation that the game might be moved to a neutral site and that fans would not be allowed to attend, but the game is scheduled for Malakoff, where a large crowd is expected to be in attendance for the first-place showdown.
Malakoff is in first-place in the District 18-3A race at 12-0 and Rice is at 11-1 with one game remaining after Friday.
Both schools are hoping Friday’s game can be played without another incident.
Rice won Tuesday with another dominating performance and controlled the boards all night.
Three Bulldogs finished with double-digit rebounds.
Elizhah Nezar led the way with 22 points and 10 rebounds and Tanner Carlisle scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as both seniors posted impressive double-doubles.
Jakobe Jessie dominated the paint with seven blocks and 14 rebounds.
Michael McMillon scored eight points for the Bulldogs, who are now 25-5 for the season.