BHS hoops tourney to tip off play

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Action opens Saturday

By The Staff


The Lancaster County high school basketball season opens with plenty of hoopla Saturday at Buford High School.

The fourth annual Jackets Preseason Invitational, which feaures all four county schools at the BHS, tips off Saturday afternoon.

Andrew Jackson meets Chester in the first of four games at 4 p.m. The 5:30 game has York facing Lewisville.

The 7 p.m. game features county foes Lancaster and Indian Land tangling.

The 8:30 game has Buford battling North Central.

The winner of the AJ vs. Chester game will meet the victor of the Buford vs. North Central game, with the two losers to play.

The victor in the Lancaster vs. Indian Land contest advances to meet the Lewisville vs. York winner.

“No matter what happens, we’re going to have a new champion this year,” said BHS coach Neil Couch, the tournament director.

Clover won the first tournament, with Fort Mill taking the title in the next two tournaments.

“I think we have some good storylines starting with the first game as AJ’s new coach Danny Wright going for his first win in his debut,” Couch said.

“York and Chester are in the tournament for the first time.

“Fans also get a chance to see all four county schools at one time,” he said. “Lancaster and Indian Land, who were in the playoffs last year with solid postseason runs, don’t play in the regular season, so that’s a good match-up.”

The Bruins are rated No. 5 in the S.C. Basketball Coaches Association Class AAAA boys preseason poll.

“Lancaster has a strong cast back from last season, including Sindarius Thornwell regarded as the state’s top junior player.”

Thornwell has been named among the SCBCA elite five boys players for the 2011-12 season.

“We also have Larry Davis making his coaching debut at Lewisville,” Couch noted. “Coach Davis was a member of the 1993 North Carolina national championship team and later transferred to South Carolina where he had a fine basketball career with the Gamecocks. 

“Fans who attend will see some good basketball and have an idea about what to expect this season,” he said.

Couch said the Buford Booster Club will have full concession stand for the fans.

“This is our major fundraiser and we have enjoyed success as the season opens,” Couch said. “We look for another fine event.”

AJ girls play in Rock Hill

The Andrew Jackson High girls will play in the Hoops for Soup tipoff tournament Monday and Tuesday at Northwestern High School.

AJ, rated third in the S.C. Basketball Coaches Association Class AA girls preseason state poll, play Northwestern at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

In the 6 p.m. game, Rock Hill will face Westminster Catawba.

The consolation game is Tuesday at 6 p.m., with the title game at 7:30.                                                                                                                                   Tournament proceeds will benefit poverty in the Rock Hill area.