Basketball opens with Hall of Champion games
By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
With the football playoffs in full swing, basketball opens this week with the annual Hall of Champion games, giving teams a couple of extra games. However, the games will not count against the teams’ total and will also benefit the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association’s State Hall of Fame.
The headliner for Tuesday night sees Franklin traveling across Mack Hatcher Parkway to take on BGA. It will be the first official look at new head coach Jamie Wilson on the boys’ side, though Franklin will be short handed. Gracia Katera, Joe Critchlow, Ben Hagaman and Booth Page, along with injured Garrison Matthews are still on the football field.
The Wildcats face much the same challenge with their first football playoff game three days later, keeping Ronald Cleveland, Cole Grosvenor and Noah Mayberry among others off the court.
Tuesday is also the opening bow for the pre-season district favorite on both the boys and girls sides as Brentwood welcomes Shelbyville.
“There is incredible excitement and energy to start the year,” said boys coach Dennis King. “Players are chomping at the bit…they are tired of pre-season conditioning and want to prepare for the tip-off.”
King knows the bullseye is on the back of his Bruins, a team that returns four starters from last year’s state semi-finalist squad.
“It’s nice to be the hunted every once in a while,” he smiled.
Ravenwood will open with a tough test, too, hosting Hunters Lane from Nashville. The Raptors, thought, will be without the full team due to football playoffs. Matt Robinson will also debut as the new Raptors girls head coach.
Other games Tuesday night include Brentwood Academy hosting both Nashville Christian’s girls and Aaron Academy boys and Coffee County at Summit.
Thursday night, the Gabriel Christian boys go to Brentwood Academy; Cane Ridge travels to Brentwood; Ravenwood hosts Upperman; BGA goes to CPA; and Franklin takes the long road trip to Clarksville.
Posted on: 11/7/2013