IHSA basketball ruling

The IHSA announced on March 12 that it has canceled the remaining boys basketball state playoff games due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. Junior guard Brandon Weston (above) and his Morgan Park teammates were scheduled to play in the Class 3A Thornridge Sectional championship on Friday. Weston scored 29 points in the sectional semifinal. (Review photo)

The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) announced on March 12 that it has canceled the rest of the boys basketball state playoffs over concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Marian Catholic, Morgan Park and St. Ignatius were all scheduled to play in sectional championship games on March 13.

"We appreciate the patience and understanding that we have received from everyone involved in this process over the past 72 hours," said Craig Anderson, IHSA Executive Director. "We have stressed the fluidity of this situation and have been transparent about the possibility that a suspension or cancellation could occur."

The IHSA has not made any decisions related to spring sports tournaments at this time.

Earlier in the day on March 12, the IHSA announced a limitation on spectators allowed at the remaining state playoff games, including the Class 1A and 2A state semifinals and championship games scheduled to take place March 13-14 in Peoria.

Teams would have been allowed 60 spectators each.

Marian Catholic defeated rival and top-seeded Bloom Township on March 10 in a Class 4A sectional semifinal game. The Spartans would have played Thornton in the championship game.

Playing at the Class 3A Thornridge Sectional, Morgan Park beat Hillcrest on March in a physical 73-69 victory. The Mustangs were set to square off against Kankakee in the sectional title game.

Rebounding from a 30-point loss just two weeks ago to DePaul Prep late in the regular season, St. Ignatius regrouped to win a thrilling 56-54 showdown with the Rams on March 11. Senior guard Daniel Florey connected on the game-winning 3-pointer from the corner with 2 seconds left to lift the Wolfpack to the win.

The Beverly Review will have the updated story in next week's paper, available online and on newsstands on March 17.