NEW JERSEY - Vikings fans can rest assured that the NJSIAA basketball tournaments will continue as scheduled despite the school closures and concerns over the growing number of coronavirus cases in New Jersey. The NJSIAA released a statement on Wednesday that the non-public sectional semi-finals and the public state semi-finals set to be played today and tomorrow in predetermined locations will go on.
The South Brunswick High School boys varsity basketball team clinched the Central Jersey Group Four championship in dramatic fashion last night with a 72-71 victory over Marlboro High School on a buzzer-beater by Yathin Vemula. Vemula nailed a layup with less than one second remaining on the clock. South Brunswick now faces South Jersey Group Four champs Atlantic City High School on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in Egg Harbor Township.
According to a press release by the NJSIAA, all boys group finals will now by moved to Phillipsburg High School because of the closure of Rutgers University due to coronavirus concerns. Non-public group finals will be on Saturday, March 14 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Public group finals will be on Sunday, March 15. The first session will have games played at noon and 2 p.m. while the second session will have games at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets for the games will be $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors for each session. There will not be any change to the all girls group finals, which will go on as planned at RWJ Barnabas Arena in Toms River. Games will be live streamed as well.
The NJSIAA thanked Rutgers in its statement for its "continued hospitality." All single game tickets purchases and third party ticketed events will be refunded by the Rutgers Athletics Ticket Office according to the statement.
The NJSIAA went on to say that it "continues to rely on directives from state, county, and local public health officials as well as the New Jersey Department of Education. All NJSIAA events will continue to follow guidelines established by the CDC as they relate to mass gatherings and large community events."
The NJSIAA also asked fans to "follow the prevention guidelines distributed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Individuals with symptoms that include fever, cough, and shortness of breath should stay home, while travelers returning from affected international locations should follow CDC guidance related to travel."
Any updates to the remaining tournament games will be posted on the NJSIAA websire and its social media platforms.