The tournament includes some of the top teams in the state: Dadeville, Carroll of Ozark, Sylacauga, Francis Marion, and Central Coosa.
“We are looking forward to it because we will have three teams in that we normally don’t see up here,” Childersburg head coach Al Barnett said. “Dadeville is very close, but none of us play Dadeville in the regular season except Central. Dadeville is a quality 4A team; Carroll of Ozark is a very good 5A team. They are 10-5 right now. Francis Marion is a traditional 2A power. Then we will have three with local flavor with us, Sylacauga and Central Coosa.”
The tournament will also features the leading scorer in the state in Central’s Xavier Moon. Moon averages 35 points a game. In his last outing he scored 42 points against Thorsby in a win.
“Central will be bringing one of the leading scorers in the state,” Barnett said. “I think some college coaches are going to be in town this weekend to watch a couple of kids play. Xavier Moon averages around 35 a game. It is going to be three fun nights of basketball.”
Barnett and the seventh ranked Tigers (9-5) enter the tournament with momentum.
Childersburg is on a four game winning streak, which includes wins over B.B.Comer, Sylacauga, Tallassee and Elmore County.
“We have won four in a row now, Barnett said. We started out 4-1, then, we loss four out of our next five games. Then we won four straight. The basketball season is a lot different then football season. The basketball season is long and you are going to have a lot of ups and downs through the course of a season. You try to teach your kids not to get too high when things are good and to low when things are down. We play three games a week since this it has started. After a loss we really haven’t had time to think on it. We had to get ready for the next game.”
The Sylacauga Aggies (7-4) enter the tournament looking to find consistency. The Aggies started out the season with impressive wins over Ben Russell, Thompson and Ben Russell. But there have also been times where they have not shown up ready to play at a high level.
“Right now, we have to learn how to win big games,” Sylacauga head coach Josh Golden said. “That is the biggest thing for this group. We go to Benjamin Russell with a packed house. I feel like Benjamin Russell has a pretty competitive basketball team. I watched them beat Childersburg. We are up 42-16 at halftime. We couldn’t possible play any better. The first game of the season, we beat Thompson at home. They are 12-1 right now in Class 6A basketball. There are glimpses of this basketball team being really good. Then at times that team is nowhere to be found. We have struggled to score and I feel like we don’t play hard enough. I think we have shown glimpses how good we can be, but we have to be more consistent. We have to play hard every night and we have to do the little things right every night. Right now, we are not doing that. I feel like we are not playing as well as we are capable of right now. I am excited about the opportunity to play over the break. School gets out tomorrow (today), so there should not be any distracts. We should have three days of playing good competition and we can focus on us getting better.”
The tournament opens up today with Sylacauga vs. Dadeville at 5 p.m.