Columbia basketball player taken off court on stretcher

A scary scene occurred during Monday night’s Converse Holiday Invitational at Columbia High School, as Eagles forward Jarmal Reid was carted off the court after an apparent asthma attack in the first half of the team’s 71-39 win over Butler.

The Oregon State recruit complained about difficulties breathing throughout the half and alerted the coaching staff, who had also taken notice of his uncharacteristic play.

“He said he was weak and some of his shots were falling extremely short,” assistant coach Clint McCrary said. “It never got better. He didn’t make it into the locker with us for halftime.”

Paramedics attended to Reid on the court and eventually took him off the floor on a stretcher as the rest of the shocked squad began third-quarter action.

According to McCrary, Reid was taken to a local hospital for observation. He was alert and communicating with coaches and paramedics as he left the gym.

“We saw him on the stretcher and figured he was going to be all right,” senior forward Jhaustin Thomas said. “We wanted to play our hardest for him the rest of the game.”

With the win, Columbia advances to play Crisp County on Wednesday night.

Update: Reid remained hospitalized overnight at DeKalb Medical with low oxygen levels. Reached via Twitter Tuesday morning by ESPNHS, Reid said he would likely remain in the hospital for a couple of days.