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Moeller, Taft Friday basketball game postponed after CPD warnings

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A basketball game that was supposed to be played at Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School Friday was postponed after concerns that were expressed by the Cincinnati Police Department. 

Moeller High School was supposed to play Taft, however Cincinnati police warned school officials of a possible large external crowd that could be gathering that night, according to Moeller High School. 

The local Black Lives Matter group rallied in front of the Cincinnati Police Department's District One Headquarters in response to nationwide shootings, which happens to be near Taft High School. There is no confirmation that the group was the cause of concern. 

"We did not postpone the basketball game due to Black Lives Matter," said spokesperson for Moeller. "After we conferred with the Cincinnati Police Department and were told that a potentially large gathering could take place at District 1 headquarters, both basketball teams mutually agreed to postpone the game at a later date."

Athletic Director Don Newberry told FOX19 NOW that he spent several hours with his family on Thanksgiving getting the gym facility at the school ready for the matchup with Moeller before he got the call that the game was going to be postponed.

“We wanted to play,” Newberry said, calling the cancellation an “unfortunate” situation. 

At this point, Newberry said he isn’t sure if the game is going to happen because of scheduling obligations and challenges.  He said Moeller officials have reached out and are interested in still playing the game.  Newberry said he is also open to exploring options as it pertains to rescheduling the game.

“I respect those guys,” Newberry said of Moeller.

Newberry called the potential matchup between the schools a big game with huge implications that would have likely been the biggest game of the year for them, financially speaking.

Newberry says that he “respects” Moeller’s position saying, “I wish it would have turned out differently.”

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