OKLAHOMA CITY — Amid winter weather concerns, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activity Association has delayed start times of high school basketball tournament play Thursday.
“The OSSAA has been in contact with the National Weather Service and at this time the predictions indicate travel will be possible in our state tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 22,” the OSSAA posted on its website Wednesday, Feb. 21.
As a result, the OSSAA has decided to delay the start time tomorrow of the Class A and B and area tournaments, and the Class 2A, 3A and 4A regionals “to allow for more travel time to assigned sites,” OSSAA representatives said.
The revised times for afternoon games at all tournament sites now will be 3:30 p.m. for girls and 5 p.m. for boys.
There will be no change for the evening sessions, girls at 6:30 p.m. and boys at 8 p.m.
“We will continue to monitor the weather and post any additional changes to the ossaa.com website,” the association said.
Travel advisories continue for much of the state.
The revised afternoon schedule includes:
Wyandotte vs. Nowata girls, 2 p.m., Class A Area II Consolation Bracket D, at Nowata;
Miami boys vs. Claremore Sequoyah, 3:30 p.m., Class 4A Area II Consolation Bracket D, at Claremore Sequoyah
Commerce boys vs. Porter, 3:30 p.m., Class 2A Area II, at Ketchum.
Evening session pairings include:
Welch vs. Dewar girls, 6:30 p.m., Class A Area II tournament, at Cleveland
Miami girls vs. Fort Gibson girls, 6:30 p.m., Class 4A Winners Bracket C, at Fort Gibson
Wyandotte vs. Nowata boys, 8 p.m., Class 2A Area II Winners Bracket C, at Nowata.
Friday’s games will remain as scheduled on the original bracket.
There will be no change in Classes 5A and 6A, which begin regional play Thursday.
Despite Oklahoma State University closing at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday due to the weather, the Cowboys’ 6 p.m. basketball game against Texas Tech will proceed as scheduled in Gallagher-Iba Arena.
The game will be televised by ESPNU.
Start times for Thursday afternoon playoff games pushed back
Also, the University of Tulsa issued a statement Wednesday afternoon that it’s basketball game against Central Florida would be played as scheduled.
“We understand there are some weather concerns, but the game will still be played. Game time is 8 p.m.,” the TU sports information department said in a release.