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Winter weather wreaks havoc on Morton basketball schedule

BERWYN – It was an ugly week for the Morton boys and girls basketball teams.

Nothing went wrong on the court, of course, because nothing actually happened on the court.

In addition to the cold weather canceling games early in the week last week, two for the girls and one for the boys, the Mustangs’ “Pack the Place” night on Saturday was canceled due to snow early in the day.

Willowbrook was scheduled to visit and take on the Mustangs’ boys and girls teams at all levels on Saturday, but now both of Morton’s varsity teams are left to deal with a new schedule that will cram the month of February.

Starting with Wednesday’s new date against Willowbrook, the boys will play 10 games from Feb. 5 to Feb. 26 to close out the regular season.

“The kids were disappointed because now we’re not going to do the ‘Pack the Place,’ ” Morton boys coach Tony Martinucci said. “Hopefully we can get through these next few [games] and see what happens. It’s like an NBA schedule now, I told the kids.”

The boys already had a game scheduled for Feb. 22 at Waukesha West in Wisconsin, which was a makeup from a Jan. 4 postponement. Last week’s weather pushed games against Hinsdale South, originally scheduled for Jan. 28, and Willowbrook deeper into February, as well. The Hinsdale South game is set to be played in Darien on Feb. 11.

The girls lost three games last week. Nonconference games against Reavis on Monday and Richards on Tuesday were cancelled along with Saturday’s tilt against West Suburban Gold leader Willowbrook.

The Morton girls will host Willowbrook on Feb. 10. The Reavis game has been rescheduled for Feb. 13 and will be the regular season finale.

Martinucci said he has never endured this many cancellations during a basketball season, and it’s not just games being effected. When schools close because of the weather, teams are not allowed to practice, placing more emphasis and importance on games.

“It’s tough and it was a shame, too, because that was ‘Pack the Place’ and they had a big night planned,” Martinucci said. “Less practicing, you got less time to prepare.”

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