The Washington Congressionals, whose past two home games were postponed because they had nowhere to play, have signed an agreement to play their remaining nine home games at The Heights School in Potomac, United States Basketball League spokesman Sean Fisher said yesterday.
Congressionals owner Larry Arnold recently had tried to reach an agreement to play at the University of the District of Columbia but Arnold eventually struck a deal with The Heights, a small private school that has a gym with a capacity of about 500, according to Congressionals interim coach Jacob Jonas.
Arnold could not be reached to comment yesterday.
"We're just happy they have a place to play at this point in time," Fisher said. "We would have wished they could have stayed in the heart of D.C., but we're happy they have an arena."
Fisher said league officials are disappointed with the operation of the Congressionals, who have changed coaches and had been playing in borrowed uniforms recently this season and that changes may be made following the season. The team only had five players available for their 98-77 loss to the New Jersey Shorecats last Friday in Asbury Park, N.J., because a car in which four players were riding had a flat tire on the way.
"We're going to take a serious look at the situation and proceed from there," Fisher said. "It may mean moving the franchise [or] bringing in other owners, but obviously at this point and time the franchise is not up to USBL standards."
Fisher said The Heights's gym is the smallest venue in the league. The Congressionals' first game there will be Friday against the Atlantic City Seagulls.
"We have other arenas that are 1,500 to 2,000, but nothing quite that small," Fisher said. ". . . Obviously it is not the best arena for us to be playing in, but at this point our concern is for the games to be played."