Joplin, Mo. – The Missouri Southern men’s and women’s basketball programs have announced its scheduled trips to Puerto Rico to compete in the 2017 Puerto Rico Classic over Thanksgiving week has been cancelled due to the devastation that the island has suffered after Hurricane Maria. 

The teams were slated to be in Puerto Rico from November 20-25 and play three games each. Those games will not be played this year, but both teams intend to make the trip in 2018.

All money that was donated to the programs to help fund the trip will be retained and utilized for the trip to Puerto Rico in 2018.

The MSSU women have scheduled two games to replace the three they are losing. The Lions will take on Ottawa on November 25 at 3 pm and will play Avilla at 3 pm on November 26. Both games will be played at home inside the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.

The Southern men are working with some of the teams that were also slated to go on the Puerto Rico trip to try and arrange a tournament to be played in Sioux Falls, SD over the same weekend (Nov. 25 & 26). Arrangements for that will be finalized and announced pending a waiver being filed with the NCAA to let the teams involved play more than the maximum games allowed by NCAA rules.

Stay tuned to for any further information.