May 25, 2024

OC Sports Zone: Community First

PCL boys basketball showdown for first place between Beckman and Woodbridge cancelled

Friday night’s Pacific Coast League boys basketball game for first place between Beckman and Woodbridge was cancelled due to COVID protocol and it’s not known whether the game can be made up with only a week left in the regular season.

“We had a COVID positive on our team and have been quarantined all week,” said Beckman Coach John Goins Friday night. “We did not play our Tuesday game against Northwood either. We will be back in action next week against University on Tuesday.”

Beckman and Woodbridge both have 7-1 league records. Woodbridge won the first round game 44-41 on Tuesday, April 20 at Beckman. Friday’s game was scheduled to be played at Woodbridge.

All the Pacific Coast League games have to be completed by next Friday and both teams have make-up games scheduled next week.

“Beckman had an ill player and we needed to postpone that game, we’re looking into possibly making it up next week,” said Woodbridge Athletic Director Rick Gibson. “We already play a game on Tuesday and Thursday and making up a Friday game as well. I don’t know if we will be able to make up the Beckman game which is kind of sad in itself. The two top teams in basketball, both have one loss. We beat them and we lost to Portola earlier. it would have been for first place.

“The good news is if we end up in a tie and both end up with one loss, we will both go (to the CIF playoffs) as first place finishers because we are in different (playoff) divisions.”

Goins, the Beckman coach, added he was not sure if the game would be rescheduled either.

Gibson added a decision will be made early next week on the Woodbridge-Beckman game.

–Tim Burt, OC Sports Zone; timburt@ocsportszone.com