Crews work to clear the court of condensation Friday. (Courtesy: Brian Thomas)
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- Condensation on the basketball court aboard the U.S.S. Yorktown has canceled the men's game of the Carrier Classic.
As of 7:25 p.m. Friday, officials aboard the ship were questioning whether to stop the game between Ohio State and Marquette University.
"They said it was a possibility but, we thought it would be a delay if anything else," said Chris Palen from Washington, D.C. "We're disappointed but, there's nothing you can do about it. You don't want the players injured.
"I was hoping they'd actually go to the Citadel. The gym is still open," said Dave Bornhorst, an Army veteran. "We'd still see them play but, unfortunately we missed them."
A 20 minute delay was put into effect. Officials hoped a further drop in temperature would eliminate the condensation. But, the game was called just before 8 p.m. Friday.
"This is the most complicated project we've ever undertaken," said Mac Burdette, executive director for Patriots Point. "We thought big, we dreamed big. It was a big project and we kind of feel like your dog died today. It was going so well with the girls game."
None-the-less, fans and officials say the Carrier Classic atop of the U-S-S Yorktown was an event for the books.
"It was just a great experience to be on this ship," said Jerry Niegelsen. "NNow, its a donation and what a great cause to donate to?"
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