IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox statement

(3-15-17) Why was East Chicago (Indiana) Head Coach Pete Trgovich upset after the Cardinals 61-59 double overtime loss to Warsaw in the first game of Saturday’s (March 11th) IHSAA Class 4A Michigan City Regional semifinals?

Deontay Bonaparte getting called for a foul on Kyle Mangas with 2.1 seconds left. Warsaw had thrown a pass the length of the floor and there was a scramble for the ball.


After the game comments from East Chicago Central Head Coach Pete Trgovich

“Let the kids determine the outcome of the game. What is the consequences for the officials? Nothing. They should be embarrassed. The IHSAA should be embarrassed. For two years, I’ve come here and they haven’t had one (black) official. That is wrong.”

“Officals were cheating us , I feel the IHSAA should know what is going on with these officials.”

“The call at the end of the game, that is what is wrong with the IHSAA. No one evaluates those officials, and they come out and give us that kind of a referee.”

“I can’t evaluate a game like that. Our kids couldn’t do anything. It was so blatant who the officials wanted to win. The IHSAA doesn’t have any checks or balances on these guys. They just move on to the next game.”

Trgovich resigned on Tuesday (March 14th).

Trgovich  was a star on East Chicago Washington  1971 state championship team. He played for John Wooden at UCLA and won two NCAA national championships. While coaching at East Chicago Central he went 75-24, winning four sectional championships and the 2007 state championship. He resigned after winning the state title and accepted the head coach position at Indiana University Northwest, where he coached from 2007 to 2010. He came back to Central in 2015. Trgovich was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011.