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Four state basketball games postponed over COVID-19 concerns

Four state basketball games postponed over COVID-19 concerns

SUNY New Paltz, Mount Saint Mary College were scheduled to host doubleheaders
Four state basketball games postponed over COVID-19 concerns

Four regional basketball games that were scheduled to be played Tuesday evening as part of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association boys’ and girls’ tournaments were postponed out of concern over the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Games involving Section II teams were held as planned at Saratoga High School and SUNY Potsdam.

Two games slated to be played at SUNY New Paltz in Ulster County and two at Mount Saint Mary College in Orange County were postponed.

“The leadership of those colleges has instituted protocol that prohibits our schools from participating as originally planned,” NYSPHSAA Executive Director Robert Zayas said Tuesday afternoon. “Everything else is still a go.”

Postponed was a Class AA doubleheader at SUNY New Paltz between the Horace Greeley and Newburgh Free Academy boys’ teams, and the Ursuline and Monroe-Woodbury girls’ teams.

Also postponed was a Class C doubleheader at Mount Saint Mary College (located in Newburgh) between the Pine Plains and Hamilton boys’ teams, and the Millbrook and Haldane girls’ teams.

No makeup dates or new locations for the games had been announced as of Tuesday afternoon.

“As a result of not allowing the games to be played, we are seeking other venues,” Zayas said. “We are addressing the issue as it changes.”

Six other regional basketball games were held as scheduled Tuesday evening. The Schalmont boys and Mechanicville girls played Class B regional games at Saratoga High School, and the Averill Park girls played a Class A game at SUNY Potsdam. Other games took place at Centereach and Windsor high schools.

Also Tuesday, the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, which governs high school sports in Connecticut, canceled the state’s remaining high school winter sports championship tournaments.

On Sunday, RPI announced that its ECAC Hockey Tournament quarterfinal series against Harvard this weekend would be played without fans in attendance because of concerns related to coronavirus.

Reach Jim Schiltz at 518-395-3143, [email protected] or @jim_schiltz on Twitter.

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