The 3s were raining home and the rims were rattling Friday night in Adairsville, and the same will be true all weekend as some of the best 5-on-5 teams in the Southeast vie for up to $11,000 in prizes.
It's a hefty reward for coming out on top in the 24-team Vic Beasley Jr. Basketball Tournament. Beasley is once again teaming up with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for the event, which runs through Sunday.
"It's going to be a great weekend of basketball," said Alex Disbrow, Adairsville High boys basketball coach and tournament director. "The Adairsville community, Bartow County and the basketball community in general is extremely grateful to Vic. Not only is it a great platform for him, it's also FCA has attached so much to it. It's just great he has such a passion for basketball — even though he's one of the best football players in the world — and for Christ and that he's spreading that message through basketball.
"I couldn't be prouder to be a part of something like that."
The fourth edition of the tourney will include two possible prizes for the champion. One prize is the same as last year — a $1,000 Nike gift certificate for each player (up to 10) and the coach — the other is new. Should the team decide, $11,000 will be put towards an entry fee for the team to participate in The Basketball Tournament — a $2 million winner-take-all event.
Not bad for a $250 team entrance fee.
The tourney, which initially expected 32 teams, has six four-team pools with the top 12 teams advancing after round-robin play.
Four of the six pools tipped off Friday night, including defending champion Chattanooga Trenches, who racked up more than 100 points in their opener. Those pools will have two games today, while the other two will play all three pool-play games today with action beginning at 9 a.m. in the AHS main gym, AHS auxiliary gym and Adairsville Middle School main gym.
Bracket play will start at noon Sunday. The top four seeds earn first-round byes in the single-elimination bracket, which culminates in the title game at 6 p.m.