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Holiday tournament play tips off for county teams

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Hardwood play features five squads

By The Staff

The school calendar says holidays, but a host of Lancaster County high school basketball teams will be busy over the next few days.

Andrew Jackson and Buford will have both their varsity teams in action in holiday basketball play.

AJ hosts the annual Comporium Christmas Classic at Andrew Jackson where play tips off Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. when the first of four games each day begins.

Buford has its teams headed in opposite directions in holiday tournament play.

The Lancaster High School boys return to the hardwood as they will compete in the Sweet 16 field at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School.

The Jackets play in the annual Farm Bureau Classic at Chesterfield High School starting Monday when the BHS boys face Darlington. Play at Chesterfield continues through Wednesday.

The Lady Jackets open play Tuesday when they compete in a two-day tournament at York. BHS faces Chapman at 5:30 p.m. The field includes host York and Lewisville.

Action in the Comporium Christmas Classic opens Tuesday with four games starting at 4:30 p.m.

The two-day tournament concludes play Wednesday in the AJ gym.

The opening round has four games, with the host Vols playing in the evening sessions.

Tuesday action opens at 4:30 p.m. when Chesterfield faces the Great Falls High School girls.

The second game is at 6 p.m. when Marion battles Great Falls.

The AJ Lady Vols swing into play at 7:30 when they meet North Central.

The final game of the day has the Vols battling North Central at 9.

Play Wednesday opens at 4:30 as the girls’ consolation game is played between the two opening day girls’ losers. The game at 6 follows when the boys’ consolation game is held.

The girls championship game is set for a 7:30 tipoff. The boys championship contest is set to being at 9.

Following play Wednesday night, the five-team all-tournament teams will be announced along with the tournament MVPs. Admission is $5 per person each day of the tournament.

The Lancaster High School boys team of coach Ricardo Priester, which has been idle since Dec. 11, opens three days of play in the “Sweet 16” field at the O-W gym.

Lancaster launches play in the three-day, round-robin field as the Bruins meet Orangeburg Prep at 6:30 p.m. on Monday.

The game at 8 has the host Orangeburg-Wilkinson Bruins meeting First Presbyterian Christian (Ga.).

The host O-W Bruins, 0-8, will look to repeat as “Sweet 16” champions.

The tournament format calls for each team to play each other in a field where the team’s best record after three games is deemed the champion.