TNA Heat to host basketball tournament

Published 10:18 pm Thursday, June 23, 2016

The players on the seven local teams of the TNA Heat basketball club rarely get to play at home in front of their parents. That’s why this weekend is one the players will be looking forward to.

The TNA Heat will host over 30 teams on Saturday and Sunday for the fourth annual Selma Invitational. There will be so many games occurring that four Selma venues will be used. Wallace Community College Selma, School of Discovery, R.B. Hudson Middle School and the YMCA of Selma-Dallas County will all host basketball games Saturday from 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

“That’s one of the main reasons why we try to host the tournament in Selma every year is so the parents get a chance to see their kids,” said TNA Heat vice president and assistant athletic director Lett Hasberry.

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Three TNA Heat teams will play at Wallace at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. At the School of Discovery, the TNA Heat will be in action at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

At R.B. Hudson, there will be a game each hour from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and a TNA Heat will be playing in every game. Finally, the YMCA will host TNA Heat teams at 10 a.m., noon, 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The age groups of the teams range from fourth grade to high school boys and girls. Hasberry said with plenty of teams in attendance, it should give the older kids a taste of what it’s like at the next level.

“They can get a sense of what it would be like to play beyond high school basketball,” Hasberry said.

For the younger players, Hasberry said the TNA Heat gives them the opportunity to compete against plenty of good competition from around the state.

“It exposes them to a lot of different experiences because we do a lot of traveling, so they get to see different skill levels at different places,” Hasberry said.

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