December 15, 2004
Albany - The state's oldest holiday basketball tournament gets started this Friday.
And once again the WALB Holiday Classic has one of the toughest tournament fields in the state.
It has been five years since the Albany High Indians last won the WALB Holiday Classic, but the Tribe's 7-2 start has them confident they can walk away with that first place trophy next Tuesday.
Albany High coach Archie Chatmon says his teams great start has surprised him but he is looking forward to seeing how his Indians team stacks up against the likes of Griffin, Westside-Macon and North Clayton.
As a matter of fact, Chatmon says any one of the nine teams in this year's field is good enough to win the tournament championship.
Archie Chatmon said "You got to look real strongly at Griffin. They are bringing in one of the better players in the nation. You have got to think they are one of the favorites. But then you have got Westover playing really well, Dougherty is playing well and Monroe is a team that I think can sneak up on some people."
Albany High has a tough opener in the WALB Holiday Classic. The Tribe face a Brooks County team that Albany High beat handily the other night in Quitman but the Indians are expecting a tougher game from the Trojans on Friday night.
WALB Holiday Classic
Friday December 17, 2004 at Albany High Gym
Game 1- Albany High vs Brooks Co. 7:00pm
Saturday December 18 at Albany High Gym
Game 2- Monroe vs Mitchell-Baker 4:00pm
Game 3- Albany/Brooks Co. winner vs Griffin 5:30pm
Game 4- Dougherty vs North Clayton 7:00pm
Game 5- Westover vs Westside-Macon 8:30pm
Monday December 20 at Albany High Gym
Game 6- Game 2 loser vs Game 5 loser 4:00pm
Game 7- Game 1 loser vs Game 4 loser 5:30pm
Game 8- Game 2 winner vs Game 3 winner 7:00pm
Game 9- Game 4 winner vs Game 5 winner 8:30pm Tuesday
December 21 at Albany Civic-Center
Game 10- Game 7 winner vs Game 3 loser 4:00pm
Game 11- Game 8 loser vs Game 9 loser 5:30pm
Championship game- Game 8 winner vs Game 9 winner 7:00pm
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