December 20, 2007
Albany -- For the first time in its fifty-year history, the Good Life City basketball tournament will not crown a champion this season.
With school getting out so late for the holidays, tournament organizers do not have enough time to fit in a four-day event, and have switched to a shoot-out format.
The twelve teams in the shoot-out will each play two games, beginning at 5:30 pm Friday with three games at both Westover and Albany.
The action continues at 1pm Saturday at Albany, with six games on the schedule.
In addition to Albany, Dougherty, Monroe, and Westover, the Good Life City Classic will feature teams from as far away as Atlanta and Savannah, and Indians head coach Archie Chatmon says despite the format change, the event is still a big draw.
"This type of format, teams love it," Chatmon says, "because you get the great competition in a tournament atmosphere, and it actually prepares you for the state playoffs."
Chatmon says despite not having a title on the line this season, he expects the competition to be tough.
"When there's something on the line, you think it would make a difference in the play of the athletes," says Chatmon, "but teams of this caliber learn to play under this situation, and whether there's something there at the end or not, the competitive spirits of these guys come out, and you're going to see some great basketball."
The switch to the shoot-out format is a one-year change, and will be back to the usual tournament format next season.