Holiday Hoops tournament is back in Berryville

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

There are two approaches to scheduling a holiday basketball tournament. The host school can fill the bracket up with weaker competition and pick up an easy tournament championship, or it can bring in more competitive teams and make the tournament a challenge for the home team.

Brent Compton, the head boys basketball coach and athletic director at Berryville High School, prefers the latter approach and it shows in the field he’s assembled for the 12th Annual CS Bank Holiday Hoops Tournament, which tips off Tuesday at Bobcat Arena.

The tournament features 16 teams — eight each on the boys and girls sides.

Berryville is joined in the boys bracket by Green Forest, Hamburg, Pocahontas, Danville, Glendale (Mo.), Fordyce and Rector.

The girls bracket includes Berryville, Green Forest, Hamburg, Rector, Pocahontas, Danville, Viola and Fordyce.

“It’s not going to be easy,” Compton said. “Rector is really solid, Glendale has some really big kids and they’re a solid team is well. Pocahontas is always well-coached, always has good athletes who are physical. I don’t think there are any gimmes in our tournament, just from the research I’ve done, but you never know. Some of them have to travel a long way that first day. It’s tough. But I think it’s going to be another really good tournament on both the boys and girls side. I’m looking forward to it.”

All four local teams will be in action on Tuesday as the Green Forest boys take on Rector at 11:20 a.m., followed by the Lady Tigers against Fordyce at 3:20 p.m. Both Berryville teams will play Hamburg, with the girls game set for 6 p.m. and the boys at 7:20 p.m.

Games will continue Wednesday and Thursday, with the girls championship game scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday and the boys final at 7:20 p.m.

The tournament was canceled in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Compton said he’s glad it’s back this season and he’s hoping his team can contend for the title.

“Playing tournaments again this year has been nice, because you’re hoping to be able to play in some tournaments at the end of the season, so you want to get in some of those throughout the year,” Compton said. “This is our last one before the district tournament, and we hope to have a chance to win it.”

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