Hoops for the holidays

Published 12:10 pm Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Many of Suffolk’s basketball teams are going to be active over the next two weeks, both locally and abroad.

Most notably, the third annual King’s Fork Christmas Classic will begin on Thursday at King’s Fork High School and continue through Saturday.

Similar to the recent Tip-Off Showcase, the event will feature good competition from around the region, but it will be in a tournament format. Both the Bulldogs and Lakeland High School will participate.

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The price of admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children 11-and-under.


Following is the schedule for the event:

Thursday, Dec. 26

  • 3 p.m. — Game 1: Norview High School vs. Lakeland High School
  • 4:30 p.m. — Game 2: Menchville High School vs. Granby High School
  • 6 p.m. — Game 3: Woodside High School vs. Churchland High School
  • 7:30 p.m. — Game 4: Salem High School vs. King’s Fork High School

Friday, Dec. 27

  • 3 p.m. — Game 5: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser
  • 4:30 p.m. — Game 6: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser
  • 6 p.m. — Game 7: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner
  • 7:30 p.m. — Game 8: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner

Saturday, Dec. 28

  • 3 p.m. — Game 5 loser vs. Game 6 loser
  • 4:30 p.m. — Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner
  • 6 p.m. — Game 7 loser vs. Game 8 loser
  • 7:30 p.m. — Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner

The boys’ basketball team from Nansemond River High School will compete in the King George Holiday Tournament at King George High School. The Warriors will face Riverbend High School on Friday and play either King George or Millbrook High School in the consolation or championship game the next day.

Nansemond River High School’s girls’ basketball team will be playing in the Lloyd C. Bird Holiday Hoops Tournament in Chesterfield County. The Lady Warriors will face Lloyd C. Bird High School on Thursday, then Highland Springs High School on Friday evening, followed by Midlothian High School on Saturday at noon.

Nansemond-Suffolk Academy’s girls’ basketball team will travel to Orlando, Fla., to play in KSA Events’ 2013 Holiday Girls’ Basketball tournament. The Lady Saints will play on Friday, Saturday and Monday in a bracket with seven other schools, each from a different state. Their first game will feature competition from Texas, Liberty Christian School, which came in second in its state tournament last year.

The King’s Fork High School Lady Bulldogs recently completed their participation in the Crescom Bank Holiday Invitational in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

They went 1-2, playing their last game on Friday when they fell to Pennsylvania’s Seton-La Salle Catholic High School in the semifinal round of the consolation bracket by the score of 75-46.

“Experience was definitely the key and just the style of play was actually a lot different,” King’s Fork head coach Maurice Fofana said. “Up-tempo all the time, kids in your face.”

His more seasoned players performed well, but he said, “It was a little challenging for some of my younger kids.”

Senior Khadedra Croker and freshman Amesha Miller had 13 points apiece.

The Lady Bulldogs (6-2) return to the court on Jan. 7, hosting Hickory High School.