The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, July 21, 2021 1:00 am

Player punched on court in local basketball event

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

A basketball tournament in Fort Wayne turned into a police investigation as an opposing player punched a player from Grand Haven, Michigan, rendering him unconscious. 

Detective Cpl. Adam Griffith of the Allen County Sheriff's Department said no arrests have been made in the incident that occurred about 10:15 a.m. Sunday at Turnstone, 3320 N. Clinton St. The investigation is ongoing, he added. 

The victim, Harrison Sorrelle, playing for the 16-and-under MBA Lakeshore team competing in the Brawl for the Ball tournament in the city, received a severe concussion after he was punched and knocked out on the court, according to the Grand Haven Tribune. 

The Tribune said Harrison's mother, Amanda Sorrelle, reported that doctors took her son off sedation Monday morning and he was doing well. His family and the team had worried he might have a traumatic brain injury.

Referee Drew Zuidema told the Tribune that Sorrelle scored a basket to give him 26 points in the game. As he ran back up the court, he bumped into an opposing player, who turned and pursued Sorrelle down the court and punched him, knocking him to the floor, Zuidema told the Tribune.

“The ball got inbounded, and as I was trailing as the trail official, all I saw was a left hook,” Zuidema said. 

When he was punched, Sorrelle fell back onto his head, Zuidema told the Tribune. The suspect reportedly fled the scene.

The incident was captured on video.

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