Taft basketball team barred from City Section playoffs

first_imgThe Taft of Woodland Hills boys’ basketball team was expected to compete for a City Section Championship this year, but the Toreadors won’t have the opportunity to do so after the City office declared them ineligible for the playoffs for using two ineligible players over the course of the season. Bernard Kamwa, a transfer from Ribet Academy of Los Angeles, and Dominick Brumfield, a transfer from Virginia, were ruled ineligible. As a result, the City Section invoked Rule 234B, which essentially means that if an ineligible player is discovered before the playoffs the team must forfeit all the games the player participated in. Taft entered Friday’s final league game against Birmingham of Lake Balboa with a 19-4 overall record, 9-0 in league but saw its record drop to 4-19 overall and 3-6 in league after the ruling. “Taft is restricted by rule from advancing to the playoffs at this point,” said Barbara Fiege, director with City Section office. “Taft will have an opportunity to appeal, but as of now, the decisions stands.” Questions regarding Kamwa’s legal guardian paperwork surfaced, forcing the Toreadors to forfeit the six West Valley League games and all but two nonleague games. Brumfield was declared ineligible over concerns about whether he lived within Taft’s attendance boundaries. “This whole thing is a mess, and apparently, were out of the playoffs,” Taft coach Derrick Taylor said. “There’s a possibility they can overturn the decision if we require evidence to support our case.” “This is equivalent to a man sitting on death row, trying to get a stay of execution. We want them to pick up the red phone and say don’t do it. That’s what it’s like. We’re waiting for some good news.” According to Taylor, Kamwa’s legal guardian, Jason Martin, has been the primary caretaker of the junior from Cameroon since 2005, though there’s a discrepancy over the claim. If Taft can provide the correct documentation, there’s a possibility the Toreadors could be reinstated. “We’re still hopeful that something can be done,” Taylor said. “If not, it’s going to be tough to tell the kids that they’re not going to get to chase their dream of playing for a City title.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more