Sunday’s NBL clash between the Perth Wildcats and NZ Breakers at RAC Arena has been postponed after a number of Breakers players fell ill.
The Breakers were unable to travel from Adelaide to Perth after a number of their travelling party reported being unwell.
They have since undergone precautionary COVID-19 testing and will remain in Adelaide until they receive their results and are cleared to travel.
NZ were last in action on Wednesday, when they suffered a 88-78 loss to the 36ers in Adelaide.
“We are following the NBL’s strict protocols,” NBL commissioner Jeremy Loeliger said of the postponement.
“The team is unable to travel because it can’t meet pre-boarding health requirements and so its travel has been deferred. They will remain in isolation in Adelaide until they can meet their travel requirements.”
A new date for the game has yet to be determined.
The news comes at a bad time for the Wildcats, who were desperate to play on Sunday to make amends for Friday night’s heartbreaking one-point loss to South East Melbourne Phoenix.
The Wildcats led by four points with 50 seconds to go in the match, but a Kyle Adnam long bomb followed by a Keifer Sykes jump-shot gave the Phoenix a one-point lead with 4.8 seconds remaining.
Perth had one final chance to win the game, but captain Jesse Wagstaff missed a wide-open lay-up on the buzzer.