CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Mountain State Athletic Conference Commissioner Fred Aldridge faces a quandary regarding the fast-approaching MSAC Night of Champions.
South Charleston's boys basketball team already has clinched the MSAC West division championship with an in-division record of 7-0. The East champion is still undetermined, and might be as such by as late as Friday.
The MSAC Night of Champions takes place Saturday at the South Charleston Community Center.
"Positions one through six is in a mess right now on the East side," Aldridge said Sunday night. "Greenbrier East plays Princeton on Monday and then they've got a game with Beckley, I think, on Wednesday. GW is trying to make up their game with them on Thursday.
"I'll make a decision on Friday, if I have to use percentage points to do it."
Here's the problem: Greenbrier East - which will exit the MSAC at the end of the 2011-12 school year - was scheduled to play George Washington, Princeton and Beckley last week but postponed all three games.
GW, which is out of contention for the East Division title with a 4-2 division record, was scheduled to play at Greenbrier East last Wednesday. The Patriots had chartered a bus for the trip when Greenbrier East personnel informed GW that the game would be cancelled because of poor weather.
The trouble with that claim is that Greenbrier West played a home game that night against visiting Richwood. Greenbrier East's leading scorer - junior guard Richard Romeo - is currently out with a leg injury.
"Some of this probably could have been avoided if better decision making had been used ahead of time," Aldridge said of the situation. "I think someone (at East) said that the (Greenbrier County) Superintendent of Schools said they couldn't play, but Greenbrier West played that night, and it's not even as good of a road as it is to get to East."
Beckley is 4-0 in the division and would sew up its date in the championship game if the Flying Eagles defeat Ripley on the road tonight. However, the third-place game still needs a participant and Princeton (4-1 in the division) and Parkersburg (5-2) still are vying for that spot.
"About 50 percent of it would clear up if Princeton wins (tonight against Greenbrier East)," said Aldridge, in reference to the fact the Tigers own the tie-breaker against Parkersburg by virtue of a 54-50 win over the Big Reds on Jan. 7.