COVID-19 has proven problematic for the SC High School League winter sports.
The league has reported almost 43 percent of its nearly 400 high school basketball games have been either rescheduled or cancelled. Even before the start of regular-season play, mainstay tournaments such as the Chick-Fil-A Classic had already announced plans not to take place this year.
Now add the Cayce Roundball Classic to the list of cancelled tournaments. Classic organizer and Brookland-Cayce head coach Robert Wells made the announcement Tuesday, citing "the abundance of caution amid COVID-19" as the main factor.
"Some things are bigger than basketball,” Wells said in the statement. "This is a global situation and we need to make sure we follow the guidance and direction of the experts and health officials. While we are disappointed with not being able to host the Cayce Roundball Classic, we would like everyone to stay safe and take precautions to protect yourselves and loved ones. “We look forward to the return of this event in December 2021."
The announcement comes two days after the tournament’s initial 16-team field was reduced to eight teams as several school districts have suspended their sporting activities. The three-day event was previously moved up a week after the SCHSL mandated no post-Christmas basketball tournaments.
Among the participating teams were current SC Basketball Coaches Association top-ranked teams AC Flora, Gray Collegiate and WJ Keenan. The host school had to exit the tournament after it was placed in quarantine following a Dec. 8 contest against Chapin, which reported a COVID-19 case.