Wilcox County’s boys basketball team forfeited its first-round state playoff game tonight against Randolph-Clay for an undisclosed incident involving its players on Thursday.
It is the first pre-game forfeit in a state tournament since 1941, according to the Georgia Basketball Project.
“All I’ll say is that we had nine players involved Thursday afternoon in an off-campus situation when their actions led to their suspensions for disciplinary reasons,” head coach George Kennedy told the Cordele Dispatch. “With just three players left, we had no choice but to forfeit tonight’s game.”
The school let the Georgia High School Association know through an e-mail.
‘’Due to an unfortunate situation last night involving the majority of the boys basketball game, we will be forced to forfeit the boys basketball game tonight,” Wilcox County principal Chad Davis wrote.
Schools officials had no further comment.
The Georgia High School Association said it would not act further because it was a school decision that did not involve GHSA rules.
Wilcox County (20-5 after the forfeit) is ranked No. 6 in Class A. The school’s boys teams reached the state semifinals in 2009 and 2010 and the quarterfinals in 2011.