Updated: CCCAA Cancels Basketball Championship Tournaments Due to Coronavirus

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Brandon Breeland

UPDATE 03/12/2020 12:35 P.M.: The CCCAA have now cancelled the basketball state championship tournaments due to COVID-19 concerns, this coming after Tulare County’s first confirmed case was revealed Thursday. The original article is still listed below.

Those wanting to see college playoff basketball in person this week are out of luck. The upcoming basketball championship tournaments at West Hills College, Lemoore will be played without the public present over COVID-19, the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) announced Tuesday.

“Men’s and women’s basketball state championship tournaments at West Hills College, Lemoore will be played with only teams and essential staff in attendance,” said the CCCAA in a press release Tuesday.

This comes as the Coronavirus reaches 647 total cases in the United States and 135 reported cases in California according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Kings County currently has no known cases of COVID-19.

The statement from the CCCAA extends to the media as well, eliminating all outside presence not associated with the functioning of the game from being there.

“The only individuals permitted in the arena at Golden Eagle Arena at West Hills College Lemoore will be the participating teams and necessary game personnel,” the press release says.

COS (24-6) is still planned to take on Santiago Canyon (28-2) Friday in the Quarterfinals of the CCCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament.

Those looking to watch the game and any of the other 14 tournament games this week can still do so from home, as all tournament games will be streamed for free at www.cccaasports.org and www.socalcollegesports.com online. Other miscellaneous information including live stats can be found at the CCCAA’s regular website, www.cccaasports.org.