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Second North Carolina Basketball Death

January 4, 1996

SELMA, N.C. (AP) _ A Smithfield teen-ager collapsed during a high school basketball game Wednesday night and later died _ the second North Carolina student to die after collapsing on a basketball court this week.

Quinton Brown of Selma Senior High School was running down the court and collapsed. Rescue crews were unable to revive him and he was pronounced dead at Johnston Memorial Hospital.

On Tuesday, a 15-year-old freshman in Winston-Salem collapsed on a basketball court and died later that day. A medical examiner Wednesday ruled the cause of death a brain contusion.

James Rumph, a ninth-grader at Parkland High School, died at Forsyth Memorial Hospital. The medical examiner announced the cause of death as a severe bruise to the brain. Doctors did not know how the bruise occurred.

Jim Byerly, the coach of Parkland’s ninth-grade team, said the squad was running layup drills when a player told him something was wrong with James. The practice was held at nearby Independence High School.

``He was holding his knees, and I looked at his knee, then I looked at his face, and his eyes were rolled back in his head, and I saw that it wasn’t his knee,″ Byerly said.

James had taken a mandatory physical before the season and doctors said he was healthy enough to play.

James was an all-county selection this season on Parkland’s junior varsity football team as a defensive tackle.

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