A full week of winter weather in the Upstate has turned half of the South Carolina High School League postseason basketball brackets upside down.
While the Lower State competitions will go on as planned, three Upper State final games were moved from their original scheduled dates this weekend to Monday, March 2, at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville.
With Greenville operating under a winter weather advisory and many Upstate roads covered in slush or patched with ice, games were postponed for safety, commissioner Jerome Singleton said.
“These changes are an effort to work in concert with school district administrative decisions regarding school closings and safety issues involved with travel,” Singleton said. “It is imperative for all teams, as well as fans, to arrive and depart the Bon Secours Center in good spirits and on safe roadways.”
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The Class 4A girls Upper State final, between Spring Valley and Dutch Fork, will be played at 5:30 p.m. on Monday in Greenville. The Class 4A boys game will follow at 7 p.m. and the 3A boys game is slated for 8:30 p.m.
The other Upper State finals – including the girls Class 3A game featuring defending champion Dreher vs. Lancaster – will be played as scheduled on Saturday.
Meanwhile, opponents for four semifinal games are still up in air, as some third-round games have been postponed until Friday night.
Spring Valley’s boys are scheduled to take on Hillcrest on the road at 7 p.m. for a spot in Monday’s Class 4A semifinal.
A.C. Flora plans to tip off its third-round home game against Southside, initially scheduled for Tuesday, Friday night at 6 p.m. The winner will take on Lower Richland for the Class 3A Upper State title.
“We had to try our best to make it a plus. It created more practice time to prepare and we’ve just tried to use that time to make ourselves better and be ready,” Flora coach Josh Staley said on Thursday. “Lower Richland won their game and they are waiting for a winner, but all we can do is prepare for Southside and plan to take care of business tomorrow night.”
Also Friday night, Keenan is scheduled to host Chesnee at 6 p.m. in a third-round game postponed from Wednesday to determine which team will face Strom Thurmond in the Class 2A semifinal.
Two days later than planned, Keenan’s girls were set to play their third-round game at Pendleton on Thursday. The winner will challenge Newberry in the semifinal.
But those games are weather-permitting, and could be postponed until Saturday. The forecast for Greenville is clear on both Saturday and Monday.