Keith’s Rodney Ellis drives through the lane against Selma. Keith will host its Thanksgiving basketball tournament in Orrville starting on Friday and ending Saturday. -- Robert Hudson

Keith boys, girls hosting Black Belt teams for Thanksgiving tourney

Published 10:20pm Monday, November 19, 2012

The Keith High School Bears boys and girls basketball teams are looking to put on a show and raise money for a cause.

The Keith Bears will host a Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament starting Friday at 4 p.m. in Orrville and continuing on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Teams attending the Bears’ tournament will be the girls and boys teams from Francis Marion, Sumter Central, and Central-Hayneville.

Tommy Tisdale, head boys basketball coach of Keith High School, said the Bears are raising money and awareness to fight cancer.

“The theme for the tournament is ‘Hooping For a Cause’ because we’re helping raise money for Relay For Life, so kids will also be asked to wear pink socks, pink wrist bands and things if possible,” Tisdale said. “We’re just trying to do our part to help out Selma-Dallas County Relay For Life and the event they have for late April, so we’re trying to get an early start on it.”

Along with raising money for a good cause, Tisdale said the tournament will give the Bears a chance to face some good competition early in the season that could help them improve later.

“Early on it’s not really about wins or losses, certainly not before area play. You kind of want to get the best competition as possible. We’re allowed three tournaments, so we try to play them in three different places, so we’re playing at our gym, the county tournament in Selma and we’re also going to Wetumpka,” Tisdale said. “It gives us a chance to play back to back. It might not prepare you for February, but it gives you a chance to see what you’ve got in terms of players and having to play back to back against good competition.”

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