Holiday tourneys bring out the best in teams. Playing away from home or in your own backyard makes for exciting and interesting hoops.
Heres a look at some of the holiday events that concluded this week. Keep in mind we could not get all of them but here are the ones who's information we were able to ascertain.
Beech Holiday Tournament
John Taylor (Beech) dropped 17 pooints and led Beech to a championship in their own event by besting Memphis upstart Germantown.
Briarcrest Christian 61
Nathan Parker (Bearden) scored 16 and Air Force commitment Dustin Craig (Bearden) added 14 as the Bulldogs overcame 32 big points from North Carolina signee Leslie McDonald (Briarcrest Christian) to capture 3rd place at the Arbys Classic.
Father Ryan Christmas Tourney
Father Ryan 42
Princeton signee Brendan Connolly (Father Ryan) garnered MVP honors while scoring 14 points to lead Father Ryan to the title in their own tourney. Gerald Saltkill (Father Ryan) added 13 for the victors. Jamal Hughes (Oakland) scored 13 for Oakland.
Overton Christmas Tourney
Dezmond Johnson (Overton) led a balanced scoring attack with 12 points helping Overton to the 'ship of their own holiday classic. Blake Bell (Lipscomb) led all scorers with 13.
Hickman County Christmas Tourney
Station Camp 58
Harding Academy 47
John "Silk" Jenkins (Station Camp) put on another scoring show after coming off a slight injury. The Vanderbilt signee dropped 35 in the semi-fiinal and added 34 in the title game.
White County Shootout
White County 55
Carrin Nash (Upperman) knocked down a foul shot to give the Bees the title in Sparta. Dustin Baxter (Upperman) led the scoring with 23. Cory Johnson (White County) led the Sparta Warriors with 19.
Nera White Tourney
Macon County 51
Brandon Tuttle (Macon County) scored 24 points leading Macon County to the title of the annual Nera White event. E.J. Perry (Westmoreland) and Caleb Smith (Westmoreland) both scored 13 for Westmoreland.
Friendship Christian 48
Nathan Boyd (Friendship) scored 15 and helped lead Friednship to the crown at the MTCS Tourney. Parker Teeter (Friendship) added 12 for the winners. Chase Kilgore (Sycamore) scored 11 for Sycamore.
Cape Coral (Fl.) 52
Gary Pope (Ensworth) showed the Sunshine state he could play scoring 32 points and leading Ensworth to this drubbing in Florida.
Williamson County Classic
Tony Payne (Bolton) and Melvin Morgan (Bolton) scored 17 and 16 points respectively and helped lead Bolton to the title over a tough Harpeth squad. Carson Newman signee Trey Carruthers (Harpeth) was game high scorer with 21.
Bay City (Fl.) 36
A dominant performance in the Sunshine State defines the efforts of Franklin this past week. The Rebels showed they were for real witha 50-47 win against a powerful Lousiville Fairdale squad behind 19 from Michael Young (Franklin) and 17 from James Haddix (Franklin).
In the title game Haddix managed a double/double with 15 points and 10 errant shot grabs, ok rebounds. Daniel Miller McLemore (Franklin) added 14 for the Rebs.
Martin Lions Club Christmas Classic
Dyer County 88
The Chocktaws are for real. This was their second holiday crown in the past two weeks and they are looking for more. C.J. Crittendon (Dyer County) captured MVP honors while dropping 15 points in the title game victory. Rex Pierce (Dyer County) added 17 and freshman phenom Fred Yarbrough (Dyer County) added 16. The win brings the Chochtaws to 15-0 on the young season.
Sophomore Jacob Lloyd (Westview) led all scorers with 26.
Joining Crittendon, Pierce, Yarbrough and Lloyd on the all-tournmanet squad were:
Davell Lloyd (Westview)
Shonte Sims (Henry County)
Marcus Etheridge (Henry County)
Javonte Moody (Middleton)
Derrick Hudson (Middleton)
E.J. Miller (USJ)