College basketball: FGCU males suffer 2nd COVID-19-related shutdown
The FGCU males’s basketball completed a sweep of North Alabama behind Jalen Warren’s career-high 28 points in a 69-60 win on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021.
The FGCU males’s basketball team finally went 2-0 on a weekend, and coach Michael Fly said the Eagles were appearing like they were before a COVID-19-related time out at the beginning of 2021.
Then the announcement came Tuesday that the Eagles were going into a second COVID-19-related pause due to a favorable test result and contact tracing “within the program’s Tier 1 group,” according to a school release Tuesday night.
The Eagles (9-6, 4-4 ASUN) will have video games at Kennesaw State, which is 0-10 in the ASUN this season, this weekend, and house video games with North Florida canceled.
” We are very disappointed to miss out on games the next 2 weeks, especially because we were gaining back the confidence and rhythm we played with previous to our last shutdown,” Fly said in the release. “However, we are going to focus on the important things that we can control and a global pandemic is not one of those. We will be doing all that we can to prepare for our return so that we can put ourselves in the best position possible for the postseason. As constantly, we appreciate all that our Sports Medicine unit, the University medical staff, and the Florida Department of Health have actually done, and continue to do, in their work to keep our student-athletes safe.”
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The roadway series at Jacksonville on Feb. 26-27 is the last weekend of the regular season. The ASUN Competition will run March 3-7 in Jacksonville under the formerly launched single-site model.
The Tier 1 group is defined as student-athletes, coaching employee, athletic training staff, and communications personnel associated with the males’s basketball program.
The males formerly went into a time out due to a favorable COVID-19 test on Dec. 30, delaying games against North Alabama and Liberty, but were simply able to comprise the games against the Lions this past weekend.
The video games against Liberty likewise will not be made up, indicating the Eagles will play simply 10 conference video games if they’re able to return for the games at Jacksonville.
The FGCU ladies likewise had a COVID-19 pause beginning Dec. 31, and also played its rescheduled games versus North Alabama last weekend. Up until now, its games with Liberty have not been rescheduled.
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