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Tigers head to Holiday Classic in Atlanta
Coach David Jones (second left) and other members of the Tigers squad watch a game. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon
As many people prepare for the New Year and write out their resolutions, the Tigers resolve to attain victory at this year’s Peach State Holiday Classic in Atlanta.
This is the tournament’s 15th year and the Holiday Classic has grown into a nationally renowned basketball event pitting 16 girls and 16 boys teams against each other. The event attracts thousands of holiday tournament fans throughout the metro-Atlanta area as well as college recruiters from across the country.
The Bradwell Tigers were scheduled to tip-off the Classic against the East Georgia Tri-cities basketball team Dec. 27. The Tri-cities Bulldogs started out the season very sluggish and according to have only one victory to date.
The Tigers are 6-2 overall entering the tournament. Getting past the first opponent with a victory is a must, according to Tiger head coach David Jones.
“You lose two and you’re out,” he said. “Getting that first win and staying in it makes the whole trip more worthwhile.”
Jones noted the tournament provides the players with a good opportunity to see teams from across the nation play. The tournament also provides exposure for the athletes. Many college recruiters attend the annual event.
The Lady Tigers, on the other hand, were scheduled to face a yet undefeated Westlake Lady Lion squad. Lady Tiger head coach Faye Baker said facing the unknown is a challenge she is looking forward to.
Baker acknowledged the Lady Tigers have some difficulty in making adjustments during a game, and said the tournament will give her an opportunity to work out those kinks and also work on improving her team’s over all offense.
After the tournament, the Tigers start a grueling series with two back-to-back games on Jan 4-5 against Windsor Forest and Glynn. The following week they have a three-game schedule against Savannah High on Jan. 8, Johnson High on Jan. 11 and Tattnall on Jan. 12.
The Coastal Courier will attempt to contact the coaches for tournament results. Those that are made available will be in Sunday’s Coastal Courier.
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