Clover High’s varsity basketball programs will host the school’s first annual Clover Optimist Classic December 20-22. The 16-team field features high schools from North and South Carolina and Australia.
"I am excited that we are hosting two great fields in the first year of our tournament. We want this to be a first class event and look forward to seeing how our guys and girls teams respond to the challenge of competing against some quality basketball programs,” said first-year Clover boys coach Bailey Jackson.
“We are also extremely grateful to the Clover Optimist Club and their willingness to take on the role of title sponsor," Jackson added in a statement from the Clover school district.
In addition to Clover, boys teams from York, Indian Land, Charlotte Christian (N.C.), Providence Day (N.C.), Blacksburg, Broome and Chesterfield will compete for the championship. The girl’s bracket includes Clover, Indian Land, Spartanburg Christian, Blacksburg, Eau Claire, Seneca, Cuthbertson (N.C.) and a team from Brisbane, Australia.
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Games on Thursday and Friday will tip off at 3, 4:30, 6, and 7:30 p.m. in both gyms on the school’s campus. On Saturday, games will begin at 10 and 11:30 in both gyms, and 1, 2:30, 4, and 5:30 p.m. in the main gym. The girls championship will be played at 4 with the boys championship game following immediately.
Jackson encourages prep basketball fans to spend some time at Clover High and watch the Eagles in action and catch some of the high-major Division I recruits during the three day tournament. The Lady Blue Eagles open up play on Thursday vs. Indian Land in the old gym at CHS. The boys also play Indian Land at 7:30pm in the new gym.
The tournament features several Division I-bound players including Clemson commit, Patrick Rooks, from Charlotte Christian, and Duke commit, Kianna Holland, from Seneca. Providence Day's Jordan Watkins, has more than 10 offers from Division I schools on the table as well.
The cost for admission is $6 per day or fans can purchase a tournament pass for $15. All spectators will enter through the main gym at CHS.