Monday, January 14, 2013
The unveiling of the brackets in the annual Piggly Wiggly Roundball Classic has been known to make local basketball coaches queasy.
Such was the case for Stratford’s Troy Johnson on Monday at the press conference for the 20th annual tournament. The Knights drew Mount Saint Joseph of Baltimore, Md., whose backcourt talent is among the best in the country collectively.
“They’ve got three major Division I players,” Johnson said. “Two seniors are high major Division I, and one of those is already committed to Ohio State (guard Kam Williams). They’ve got a junior (Phil Booth) that’s probably better than him. He’s getting looks from Duke, Georgetown and schools like that. They’ve got a great point guard too (Jaylen Adams), who also holds some Division I scholarship offers.”
The tournament, held at North Charleston High School, runs from Dec. 26-29. It features 10 local teams and six out-of-state teams.
Stratford’s test right out of the gate figures to be the toughest of all.
“Hopefully we can shock the world,” Johnson said.
Goose Creek is also in the tournament and will take on Thomas Jefferson High School out of Brooklyn, N.Y., which is led by Florida International signee Jaquan Lynch.
“It’s a tough draw,” Goose Creek Coach Blake Hall said. “We got a defending city champion out of New York. It’s a challenge but it’s something to prepare the kids for later on in the region … it could be an eye-opening experience.”
The other local teams are James Island, Wando, North Charleston, Porter-Gaud, Pinewood Prep, Charleston Collegiate, West Ashley and Summerville.
The other four teams from outside the state are Charlotte Christian (Charlotte, N.C.), Roswell High School (Roswell, Ga.), Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) and Northwood Temple Academy (Fayetteville, N.C.)
“It’s an opportunity to play some teams from out of state that may have some different styles of play,” said Summerville coach Greg Elliott, whose team opens with Roswell. “They’ve always had a strong field and we’re really looking forward to it.”
The games draw some large crowds and that creates more energy in the building.
“Obviously a smaller venue with a good crowd makes for a more energetic environment than a big one with a smaller crowd,” Elliott said.
Pinewood Prep draws Charlotte Christian in the opening round. The Panthers will encounter one of the better players in the tournament, too. Charlotte Christian is led by senior guard Patrick Rooks, a Clemson commitment.
“We’re proud to be in the tournament and appreciate the invitation,” Pinewood Prep coach Pat Eidson said. “We’re 5-1 so far this season and we’ve won two tournaments we’ve played in. Hopefully we’ll be able to compete and give it a good shot.”
Roundball Classic Schedule
(All games played at North Charleston High School)
Game 1 - Porter-Gaud vs. West Ashley, 5:30 p.m.
Game 3 - Northwood Temple, N.C. vs. Charleston Collegiate, 8:30 p.m.
Game 5 – Charlotte Christian, N.C. vs. Pinewood Prep, 4 p.m.
Game 7 – Mount Saint Joseph, Md. vs. Stratford, 7 p.m.
Game 9 – Game 5 loser vs. Game 3 loser, 10 a.m.
Game 11 – Game 1 loser vs. Game 7 loser, 1 p.m.
Game 13 – Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 4 p.m.
Game 15 – Game 1 winner vs. Game 7 winner, 7 p.m.
Game 17 – Game 9 loser vs. Game 11 loser, 10 a.m., (Seventh place)
Game 19 – Game 9 winner vs. Game 11 winner, 1 p.m. (Fifth place)
Game 21 – Game 13 loser vs. Game 15 loser, 4 p.m. (Third place)
Game 23 – Game 13 winner vs. Game 15 winner, 7 p.m. (Championship game)
Communities in Schools Bracket
Game 2 – Wando vs. North Charleston, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Roswell, Ga. vs. Summerville, 2:30 p.m.
Game 6 – Our Lady of Goose Counsel, Md. vs. James Island, 5:30 p.m.
Game 8 – Thomas Jefferson. N.Y. vs. Goose Creek, 8:30 p.m.
Game 10 – Game 6 loser vs. Game 4 loser, 11:30 a.m.
Game 12 – Game 2 loser vs. Game 8 loser, 2:30 p.m.
Game 14 – Game 4 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 5:30 p.m.
Game 16 – Game 2 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 8:30 p.m.
Game 18 – Game 10 loser vs. Game 12 loser, 11:30 a.m. (Seventh place)
Game 20 – Game 10 winner vs. Game 12 winner, 2:30 p.m. (Fifth place)
Game 22 – Game 14 loser vs. Game 16 loser, 5:30 p.m. (Third place)
Game 24 – Game 14 winner vs. Game 16 winner, 8:30 p.m. (Championship)