Tournament Preview: Holiday Hoops Classic

High School
Indiana

Posted On: 11/19/17 4:27 PM

Date: December 28-29

Host: Columbia City/Huntington North

Teams: Bellmont, Columbia City, Hamilton Southeastern, Huntington North,  Lake Central, Leo, Lighthouse CPA, Indianapolis Scecina, Merrillville, New Haven, Norwell, Whitko,

2018 Prospects: Nick Bowman (HSE), Chaz Birchfield (HSE), Jeremy Davison (Leo), Jonquell Dawson (Lighthouse CPA), Kobe Clancy (Scecina), Cobie Dillard (Scecina), Jaylon Holmes (Merrillville), Johnny Bernard (Merrillville), James Gardner Jr. (New Haven), Brecar Clack (New Haven), River West (Whitko)

2019 Prospects: Noah Smith (HSE), Aaron Etherington (HSE), Hank Pulver (Huntington North), Sawyer Stoltz (Huntington North), Jayvon Hatton (Scecina), Manuel Brown (Scecina), Spencer Sroufe (Whitko)

2020 Prospects: Mitchell Wilson (Columbia City), Kyle Shank (HSE), Mabor Majak (HSE), Chris Grubbs (HSE)

2021 Prospects: Landon Morris (HSE), Blake Davison (Leo), Thomas Latham (New Haven)

Thoughts: This has long been a good tournament with four games for each team and this year we see some new teams. Bellmont, Indianapolis Scecina and Whitko are among the new entries with Scecina being the best. Fort Wayne Blackhawk and Horizon Christian were two really good teams who dropped out and are pursing other winter tournaments. HSE is always solid and should be the frontrunner to win but Scecina is going to contend for the 2A crown and will make things tough on whoever they play. The bad part about this is these two teams meet each other in Pool D. Merrillville and Lake Central should also be a tough out and Whitko could play spoiler. Whitko’s River West is regarded as a very underrated player and this tournament should show us how good he really is.

Schedule:

DATE GM SCHEDULE (EASTERN TIME) SITE ROUND
Dec. 28 1 New Haven vs. Merrillville, 10 am Columbia City Pool B
Dec. 28 2 Norwell vs. Hamilton Southeastern, 10 am Huntington North Pool D
Dec. 28 3 Bellmont at Columbia City, noon Columbia City Pool A
Dec. 28 4 Whitko at Huntington North, noon Huntington North Pool C
Dec. 28 5 Lighthouse CPA vs. New Haven, 2 pm Columbia City Pool B
Dec. 28 6 Indianapolis Scecina vs. Norwell, 2 pm Huntington North Pool D
Dec. 28 7 Bellmont vs. Lake Central, 4 pm Columbia City Pool A
Dec. 28 8 Whitko vs. Leo, 4 pm Huntington North Pool C
Dec. 28 9 Merrillville vs. Lighthouse CPA, 6 pm Columbia City Pool B
Dec. 28 10 Hamilton Southeastern vs. Indianapolis Scecina, 6 pm Huntington North Pool D
Dec. 28 11 Lake Central at Columbia City, 8 pm Columbia City Pool A
Dec. 28 12 Leo at Huntington North, 8 pm Huntington North Pool C
Dec. 29 13 Pool B 3rd place vs. Pool A 3rd place, 10 am Crestview MS Consolation
Dec. 29 14 Pool D 3rd place vs. Pool C 3rd place, 10 am Huntington North Consolation
Dec. 29 15 Pool B 2nd place vs. Pool A 2nd place, noon Crestview MS Consolation
Dec. 29 16 Pool D 2nd place vs. Pool C 2nd place, noon Huntington North Consolation
Dec. 29 17 Pool B 1st place vs. Pool A 1st place, 2 pm Crestview MS Semifinal
Dec. 29 18 Pool D 1st place vs. Pool C 1st place, 2 pm Huntington North Semifinal
Dec. 29 19 Loser Game 13 vs. Loser Game 14, 4 pm Huntington U. 11th place
Dec. 29 20 Winner Game 13 vs. Winner Game 14, 4 pm Huntington North 9th place
Dec. 29 21 Loser Game 15 vs. Loser Game 16, 6 pm Huntington U. 7th place
Dec. 29 22 Winner Game 15 vs. Winner Game 16, 6 pm Huntington North 5th place
Dec. 29 23 Loser Game 17 vs. Loser Game 18, 8 pm Huntington U. 3rd place
Dec. 29 24 Winner Game 17 vs. Winner Game 18, 8 pm Huntington North Championsh