Monday, January 14, 2013
Four area basketball teams will punch their tickets for the upcoming holiday basketball tournament hosted by Stall on Friday and Saturday.
Stall, Stratford, Woodland and North Charleston comprise the four-team girls’ bracket, while Stall, Goose Creek, Cane Bay and Cross make up the boys’ side of the tournament.
The tournament, hosted by Stall and in its second year, is called Hoops for Hope.
“Players from each team will bring a toy to donate to Debi’s Kids,” said Stall boys coach Steve Guerry, a former Berkeley assistant and Moncks Corner native. “Our goal with the tournament is to become relevant regionally.”
This year’s tournament is the second year for girls’ action and marks the debut of a boys’ bracket. Hoops for Hope was founded by Stall girls coach Jeff Emory.
“We believe we have a strong field with the teams and players participating,” Guerry said. “Goose Creek features prospect Dantez Bennanon, Cane Bay has one of two scorers in the area in Jiquann Hammond, and Stall has 6’7” senior prospect Seth Mckelvey and 6’4” junior point guard Jordan Carswell.”
Stall’s girls are currently undefeated and are led by sophomore Alexus Richardson.
Guerry got his coaching feet wet under current Cross coach Winston Williams while Williams was at Kingstree, and was an assistant at Berkeley under Charlie Harrison before moving on to Stall. This is Guerry’s second season at Stall.
“We would like to expand the tournament next year and bring in schools from out of state,” he said. “We have a great facility at Stall and a perfect venue to host an event.”