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SHS annual Christmas tourney begins tonight

Straughn’s Avery Driver drives the ball during the Tigers’ first game against Pleasant Home. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Straughn’s annual Christmas Shootout Tournament will tip off tonight at SHS, and head boys basketball coach Rusty Andrews said he’s looking forward to a big turnout.

The Tigers’ tournament will get started today with Pleasant Home versus New Brockton at 4:30. Red Level plays Georgiana at 6 p.m., and SHS will play Kinston at 7:30 tonight to round out the first day of the tournament.

Tomorrow’s first game will be at 4:30 p.m. between the loser of game one and the loser of game two. The loser of the Straughn-Kinston game will play the winner of game one at 6 p.m. The winners of games two and three will play at 7:30 p.m.

Games will start at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, the final day of the tournament, between the winner of game four and the loser of game five or six, which will be determined tomorrow. The loser of game four will play at 1 p.m. on Saturday against the loser of game five or six.

“One of the winners out of this bracket is going to win this thing,” Andrews said.

The championship game will be played at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

On Tuesday night, the Tigers fell to Georgiana 49-37, but a bright spot from the game was the fact that junior guard Hobie Hughes was on the court.

“You felt like you could do something inside because I had no inside presence at all,” Andrews said about Hughes. “You could tell a difference.”

Andrews said the big key to the tournament is sticking to the basics.

“We just want to play well,” he said. “We’d like to see Georgiana again. We like to play them because they set the tone for how we need to play basketball.

“It’s going to be good, hard competition,” he said. “We look forward for everybody coming out.”

Admission is $5 per person per day, which includes three games per day.