FAIRFIELD —Wednesday night was not a night for basketball.
About an hour before Prep and Guilford were scheduled to meet in an SCC boys’ basketball game at Alumni Hall, Indians coach Jeff DeMaio went to Fairfield Prep coach Leo Redgate and told him of the tragic shooting that had taken place in the town earlier in the day. Immediately, Redgate decided to postpone the game.
“Anything they wanted to do, we were OK with,” Redgate said. “They would do the same for us. That’s just the way we roll. There are a thousand things more important than basketball.”
The game was expected to be a thriller. Guilford was undefeated at 14-0 and Prep had been playing better of late, winning two straight to stand at 5-10 overall. The first time the two teams met, on January 10 in Guilford, the Indians won in overtime 66-65.
But in the wake of the shooting of a 15-year old boy, this game was quickly put on the back burner.
“Basketball pales in comparison to someone losing a life,” Redgate said. “We all just have to realize that it can happen to any of us and love our families and friends as much as we can and appreciate every second we have with them.”
Redgate said that DeMaio wasn’t sure what to do in the wake of the news but Redgate told him not to worry and get his team together and head back to Guilfiord.
“This is nothing … they’re weren’t going to be in any condition to play,” Redgate said. “No one wants to play under circumstances like this.”