Juanita Adams, grandmother of Portland Pilots freshman guard Chase Adams, died Friday morning in Chicago due to complications from the coronavirus. She was 82.
The freshman guard for the University of Portland’s basketball team and his family currently are in self-quarantine like millions of other Americans to stop the spread of the coronavirus. As they stay inside their home in Chicago, the five family members unable to go outside, Chase is trying to do his part to keep his family close and hold on to their faith during tumultuous times.
Portland Pilots freshman guard Chase Adams announced on Friday that he is self-quarantining in his home in Chicago after his grandmother tested positive for COVID-19.
March Madness is one of the biggest draws of the sports world every year, and the Pilots were about to partake in it for the first time in 23 years. But even with that opportunity being taken away from them due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the Pilots find themselves not reminiscing about what could’ve been, but instead reflecting on how great it was.
The University of Portland Athletics announced Thursday evening that all athletics activities for the spring semester are canceled. The decision — which was made in consultation with local health authorities, the West Coast Conference and the NCAA — comes amid concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The NCAA canceled the upcoming 2020 men’s and women’s basketball tournament as well as all remaining winter and spring championships Thursday afternoon over concerns of the spreading of the novel coronavirus. It will be the first time since the tournament’s inception in 1939 that it has been canceled.
After Governor Kate Brown announced a ban on gatherings of 250 or more people Wednesday night due to growing concern about the new coronavirus, the OSAA announced that their basketball state championships — including the 6A tournament being held at the University of Portland — will continue without spectators.
Despite growing concerns surrounding the spread of the novel coronavirus, the University of Portland will still host the 2020 OSAA 6A Basketball State Championships from Wednesday, March 11 through Saturday, March 14 at the Chiles Center. The event draws thousands of people every year, with attendance in 2017’s event being 25,668 people.
In a gritty, overtime thriller, the Portland Pilots defeated the San Diego Toreros 64-63 in the West Coast Conference championship to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. It’s their first trip to the NCAA tournament since 1997 and their first WCC title since 1994.