UNCW men’s basketball feeling the impact of COVID-19

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The UNCW Men’s Basketball team made it through the first month of the season playing all their games, but now the coronavirus is having a major impact on their schedule.

“Sitting on the court at Drexel and then we get the air taken out of our balloon at the last second,” says UNCW Men’s Basketball Head Coach Takayo Siddle. 

The Seahawks had one of their best non-conference finishes in the past few years. They were hoping to carry that momentum over into the CAA opener against Drexel, but a positive COVID-19 test inside the program on Saturday put that on hold.

“We were ready to play against Drexel, we were excited,” Siddle says. “I thought we were prepared, the guys were locked in, but then we got knocked back a little bit. But the spirit of our program and our team right now is where I like it to be. The guys are pretty optimistic and looking forward to getting back.”

UNCW was one of only a handful of teams across the nation to play all of their games up to that point, but Siddle says they always had to be prepared for something like this happen. Now, they have had four games on their schedule postponed included this weekends matchup against James Madison.

“I knew it was coming at some point, I just didn’t know when,” said Siddle. “I’m glad if this is the only time we have to deal with it, which I don’t know if that’s the case. I’m glad we’ve dealt with it on the front end.”

The Seahawks will now wait for additional testing to see when they can return to the court. They say just like they’ve done all year they will continue to preach health and safety to their players.

“I think for the most part you know we talk about that all the time till we’re blue in the face,” Siddle says. “We reiterate to our guys just to be safe go from the gym to their apartment and dorm.”

The next game on the Seahawks schedule is set for January 16 against Towson. UNCW officials say they hope to get the game in, but will have to wait on additional testing.

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