SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ -- The NJSIAA Group 4 boys basketball state semifinal game between South Brunswick and Atlantic City that was scheduled for Thursday night is not being played on Thursday.
The contest was originally scheduled for neutral site Egg Harbor High School Thursday evening, but Egg Harbor backed out of hosting it after the news that two township residents of South Brunswick may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus while attending a party in Princeton last week.
Whether the game has been canceled or merely postponed right now is a matter of conjecture. This memo appeared Thursday afternoon on the South Brunswick boys basketball #sbvikingsbball Twitter account:
"To start I'd like to say that South Brunswick has NOT withdrawn from the boys' basketball state tournament. We are in conversations with both Atlantic City HS and the NJSIAA about holding off this event until the health and safety information is provided. We want to make sure our student-athletes and fans are safe. At this time NJSIAA has said they will not postpone the game. We are in disagreement and hoping safer minds prevail and the decision be overturned. However, as of now, we will not be playing tonight."
Other boys and girls basketball semifinal games that are being played Thursday afternoon or evening are being conducted in gyms without anybody present other than essential personnel.
South Brunswick won the Central Jersey, Group 4 championship on the road against Marlboro Tuesday night in a full gym. The Vikings' scheduled game against Atlantic City was to decide which team would go to the state Group 4 championship game--which, as of now, also does not have a designated site.