ALBANY, GA (WALB) - For the 20th straight summer, the Battle of the South brought hundreds into Darton State gym all thirsty for some good basketball action.
Games tipped off Saturday morning as 20 teams began the battle for the crown. The rules are simple: two losses and you're out. Though there is no cash prize on the line, bragging rights are everything.
Last year a team named "Next Level" won the championship starring Demetric Bennett.
The retired pro basketball player, and former Monroe high standout, is back to defend his title.
This year he is suiting up for Georgia Mentor, and with him is the winningest coach in the tournament's history, Marvin Douglas.
The two will try to repeat as champions this weekend.
"This tournament means a lot to a lot of people in Albany," said Bennett. "Especially guys that play basketball they look forward to it. It's bragging rights in the city. everybody talks about it after you win in the basketball world."
Douglas won the very first, and last Best in the south. This weekend he's going for number nine.
"Winning is everything," said Douglas. "Because don't nobody remember second place. So any anybody that tells you that winning isn't everything, they ain't never won nothing."
The championship game will be Sunday at 5:00 at Darton State gym.