EVERETT — Usually a power outage spells disaster for a basketball team.
In the case of Friday’s boys’ basketball matchup between Everett and Tussey Mountain, a power outage in the Everett area forced Everett Area School District officials to suspend the game until Saturday at 2 p.m.
Everett held a 7-6 lead at the time of the loss of power.
Tussey Mountain’s Matt Leonard scored the first four points of the game, while Everett’s Jared Colledge answered with a three. Elijah Treece followed with a lay-up to give Everett a 5-4 lead.
Tussey’s Chad Morningstar put Tussey ahead with a field goal, but Everett’s Bryson Clingerman got an offensive rebound and putback for the 7-6 lead as the lights and power went out with approximately three minutes left on the clock in the first quarter.
The lights and scoreboard both lost power in the gym, but the emergency lighting in the hallways came on allowing for the fans to step out of the gym safely.
“We decided to suspend the game until tomorrow because we were told that the power would not be restored until 11 p.m.,” said Everett athletic director Brian Koontz. “We can’t wait that long. We will start tomorrow at 2 p.m.”