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AHS Invitational Tournament begins today

The 37th annual Andalusia High School Invitational Basketball Tournament tips off at 4 p.m. today. The tournament, which will be held at Andalusia High School, begins with the Opp Bobcats facing off against the Brantley Bulldogs.

Opp is currently 2-2 on the season and boasts a starting line-up of four juniors and one senior, who have been in the starting five since they were freshmen. All five are capable of hitting double digits in scoring in every game, Opp Head Coach Michael Cassady said.

Opp's starting five are juniors Daniel Coleman, Emmanuel Lane, Tyrell Hunter, Mariel Mount and senior Alphonso Harris.

Brantley is 3-1 on the season under the direction of Head Coach Tony Stallworth. Devin Person is the leading man for the Bulldogs averaging a little under 20 points per game. Joshua Daniels, a 6-4 post player, is another key contributor for the Bulldogs averaging about 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks a game.

The second game of the tournament is slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. and pits the Straughn Tigers against the Enterprise Wildcats.

Straughn

is off to a good start, but enters the tournament coming off a loss to Red Level. Garrett Windham is a force inside for the Tigers with Sterling Driver adding extra punch on offense. Jared Armstrong pushes the ball up the court for the Tigers' offense.

Enterprise is 3-3 on the season under the direction of Head Coach Gary Harrison. Chris Crouch and Dehonis Williams make the halfcourt offense go. Crouch is the leading scorer for the Wildcats averaging about 15 points per contest.

Pleasant Home's Eagles face the Elba Tigers at 7 p.m. in another first-round game.

The Eagles are 1-5 under the direction of new Head Coach Shane Varnadoe.

The Eagles record, however, is not a good indicator of the team's talent level, according to Varnadoe.

"Our record does not say who we are. We have played some tough teams," Varnadoe said.

Senior guard Devin Spivey and Chris Little help make the Eagles go on offense.

Elba enters the game with a

4-3 record. The Tigers' leading scorers are Quinton Gavin and Marchelle Reed.

The host Andalusia Bulldogs are 1-6 on the season and face the New Brockton Gamecocks in the first round of the tournament.

Andalusia Head Coach Richard Robertson said the Bulldogs must improve.

"We have to cut down on our mistakes and we have to play better defense," Robertson said. "We have to find a true point guard and that’s for everyone in the gym from (grades) 9 to 12.

"Our program is under reconstruction," he added. "We all come each day and work hard."

The tournament continues on Friday with games at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The championship game is slated for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday following the 6 p.m. consolation game.

Admission to the tournament is $4 each day. Concessions will be available.