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High school basketball coach arrested in Logan County, WV following fight on the court

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LOGAN COUNTY, WV -

A fight on a high school basketball court Saturday night led to a coach getting arrested and facing several criminal charges.

Logan High School's basketball coach Mark Hatcher was arrested after coaching the school to a victory over Scott High School during the Nationwide Insurance Basketball Classic.

According to police, a fight between two opposing players broke out after they struggled for a rebound of a missed shot with only 4:33 on the clock. Punches were thrown during the fight and the two players were eventually ejected from the game.

Police say during the fight, an officer was attempting to remove Hatcher from the court. Hatcher, they say, pushed the officer and started using foul language. Police allowed him to finish coaching the game but put him in handcuffs and escorted him out of the building when the game ended.

Allan Hatcher is Mark's father and also the coach of Chapmanville Regional High School, where the tournament was taking place. During the fight, Allen said he was inside the locker room with his team preparing for their upcoming game.

"I just happened to come out and the three policemen that had evidently gone out on the floor, they were talking ‘we're going to arrest the coach with the glasses on after the game. And I said what coach are you talking about, the coach with the glasses on, that's my son,'" said Allen, in a phone interview.

Hatcher is facing battery on an officer and assault on an officer.

"You got a coach that's in an emotional situation, trying to get his kids off the floor and not continue to have a [fight]," said Allen. He also said he is concerned police officers rushed the field. He said when a fight occurs it's the responsibility of the referees to handle the situation and not the police.

"Police don't go out on the floor when something like that happens on the court," Allen said. "Unless fans are coming on the floor or it's chaotic in the stands. These referees have complete control of the game. When we got the referees for the classic we got the best referees, some of the best officials you could have."

No students were injured during the altercation.