Power outages throw Memorial tourney into disarray

Brendan McCarthy
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Adam Keating has 60 custom-made medals, a couple of championship banners and 20 all-star jerseys at his house, just waiting to be handed out.
He isn't exactly sure when that will happen, but vows it will.
The 19-year-old Memorial University engineering student is the chief organizer of the first annual Keith Keating Memorial boys high school basketball tournament, held in honour of his father, a longtime basketball coach and manager who died of cancer in June at the age of 57.

All that stuff is no good to me, so it's going to go to the people it was meant for, said Keating, who was forced to postpone the tournament after rolling power outages Saturday and Sunday meant no games could be played.

The 16-team tournament got off to a good start Thursday and, despite inclement weather Friday, all scheduled games for Day 2 were played.

Day 3 was a different story.

Anticipating problems, Keating and the other organizers moved the schedule to a 1 p.m. start time Saturday, but that still was impossible to maintain because two of the three gyms being used for the tourney were closed because of power outages.

But we had thought we still had one (O'Donel) beginning around suppertime, but as soon as we walked in the door, the power went out, said Keating.

He said he thought they might be able to get in some sort of modified playoff Sunday at the gym at Gonzaga High School, but even that alternate plan went awry.

Right before the first scheduled game, I was talking to one of the parents (of a player) and he said to me, It hasn't been a very good weekend for you, has it?' But then we talked about how it looked like things might be working out. A minute later, as we were still talking, we were in the dark. No power again.

The plan now is since the participating teams are all from the metro St. John's area to finish the tourney over time, when courts becomes available and schedules permit, at the O'Donel and Max Fitness gyms.

Keating also says there will be, as planned, a posttourney all-star game and a formal presentation of a donation to the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre.

We are going to do everything we intended to do, just not in the way we originally planned, he said.

Organizations: Gonzaga High School

Geographic location: St. John's

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