Dallas County Classic Tournament set to begin

Published 10:51pm Wednesday, December 18, 2013

There’s a lot of basketball talent in the Dallas County-Selma area, but it usually isn’t all in one place.

This weekend most of the area’s schools will be at Wallace Community College Selma, where the Dallas County Classic basketball tournament will crown the county’s best boys and girls teams right before Christmas break.

The high schools participating include Dallas County, Keith, Southside, Wilcox Central and Central Hayneville. Selma’s boys varsity team is also playing in the tournament but the girls varsity is not.

“It is a great opportunity for our fans to get a chance to see all the teams play on the same night in the same location to reminisce about games present and past,” Dallas County head coach and tournament organizer Willie Moore said. “It is really going to be a fun time for the community.”

The tournament will allow fans an opportunity to see most of Dallas County’s teams play one another on a neutral floor.

“All in all it is going to be a great event for the county of Dallas County and the city of Selma, so it is going to be a fun time and we should have three straight good days of basketball,” Moore said.

Moore’s Hornets are the top-ranked team in Class 4A in the Alabama Sports Writers Association poll but will likely face stiff competition from area rivals in the tournament.

Dallas County and Keith, ranked No. 2 in class 1A, receive byes in the tournament.

Although no team has an easy path to the title, Southside may have the hardest road to win the tournament. The Panthers would have to defeat Wilcox Central and Keith before a potential matchup with Dallas County in the championship game.

“We definitely ended up with the toughest draw but there’s nothing better than a challenge,” Southside head coach Cedric Brown said of his team’s tournament draw.

The tournament will run Thursday through Saturday. The championship game is scheduled for Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. Games start at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

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