The third annual Clover Optimist Classic will be held Nov. 25-26, with most games at two Clover High School gyms.
Tournament coordinator Bailey Jackson, Clover High’s boys’ varsity head basketball coach, said he has been pleased with the response this season.
“We have 10 girls’ teams and eight boys’ teams participating in the tournament,” said Jackson. Each team will play one game Nov. 25 and two games Nov. 26, he said.
“We appreciate the Optimist Club allowing us to use their name,” Jackson said. “They will work the concession stand, with proceeds going to kids in the community.”
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As to the Clover Blue Eagles in particular, “We have a great group of kids,” Jackson said. “We’ll be successful regardless of the number of wins.
“If we do everything the right way, winning will take care of itself.”
Jackson said the Clover boys had an active off-season that included morning workouts.
Clover Optimist Classic boys’ play begins Nov. 25 with host Clover against Oakwood Prep at 4 p.m. in the new Clover High gym.
Westminister Catawba will battle Nation Ford at 5:30 p.m. in the old gym, with Lancaster and Lake Norman Christian to play at 7 p.m. in the new gym.
Closing out the slate for Nov. 25 will be Dutch Fork against McBee at 8:30 p.m. in the old gym.
The girls’ slate of games Nov. 25 will begin with Lancaster and Spartanburg at 5:30 p.m. in the old gym, followed by Nation Ford against Ninety-Six at 6 p.m. at the Fort Mill High School gym.
Camden and Northwestern will play at 7 p.m. in the Clover High old gym, with Clover and Newberry closing out the schedule at 8:30 p.m. in the new gym.
The girls’ action Nov. 26 begins with Fort Mill against Camden at 11 a.m., followed by Clover against Hammond at 12:30 p.m. in the Clover new gym.
The Oakridge Middle School gym will be the site of three games Nov. 26: Northwestern-Newberry at 11 a.m.; Nation Ford-Spartanburg at 12:30 p.m.; and Ninety-Six against Lancaster at 2 p.m.
Admission to Clover Optimist Classic games is $5 for Nov. 25 and $10 for a Nov. 26 one-day ticket. Tournament passes are $12.