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Power Outage Forces Bonnies to Cancel Basketball Game

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A power outage postponed the Maryland-Eastern Shore at St. Bonaventure game on Wednesday. Credits: Richard Lee
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ST. BONAVENTURE, NY – A power forward can lead a basketball team to victory, but as Wednesday’s crowd at the Reilly Center discovered, it takes a different type of power to make sure the game gets played.

The Reilly Center lost power at about 6:15 p.m. while players from St. Bonaventure and Maryland Eastern Shore were preparing for a 7 p.m. tipoff.

For about two hours, emergency lights remained on, powered by backup generators. Players from both team’s continued to warm up on the court until all lights were turned off in order to to reset a fuse and restore power.

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Power was restored at 8:15 p.m., and the Bonnies returned to floor to the cheers of the crowd. However, the excitement was short-lived. After just five minutes, lights went out again and the team left the floor. At 8:45 p.m., the crowd was informed the game had been cancelled.

"The problem was in the university’s equipment on its side of the service," said Steve Brady, a spokesperson for National Grid. Reports that the blackout at the Reilly Center was National Grid’s outage were incorrect, he said.

During the outage, several announcements were made indicating that National Grid was working on resolving the problem. But in an email to the St. Bonaventure community Thursday, Dr. Dennis DePerro, the school's president, said it was "facilities personnel' who attempted to get the power back. 

"National Grid officials were on standby to assist if needed, but the outage was not related to their service to the university," DePerro said.

According to a tweet from @BonniesMBB, the official Twitter account of the St. Bonaventure men's basketball team, officials from the two schools have begun talks about a makeup date, but no decisions will be finalized until Thursday.

In an earlier tweet, @BonniesMBB said a makeup game is unlikely.

St. Bonaventure's next game is slated for 4 p.m. Saturday at home against Jackson State. The Bonnies are 0-1, having lost to Niagara in the team’s home opener Friday.

 

 

 

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