Nobody asked me but...my fears were proved correct concerning the Dyersburg Tournament.
Sikeston played the best team in the tourney in the first round and the Bulldogs played in front of 20 people, including the ticket guy and janitors.
I am sure head coach Gregg Holifield enjoyed playing all three of his games in the tournament at 11:30 a.m. Nothing shouts great atmosphere like a brunch tip off.
So on the Dyersburg Tournament, I am 2-for-2 on predictions I made on Dec. 12th. Let's move on to other local Christmas Tournaments and see if my predictions held.
* I picked Malden to win the Bloomfield Tournament and they walked away with the top crown. The Green Wave were not tested until the championship game against Doniphan. Through the first three rounds, Malden's average margin of victory was 37 points.
Malden defeated the Dons by five points in the final, but they seemed to turn it on and off at will.
I had Doniphan in the finals, but missed on Portageville and East Prairie making the semifinals.
Some random thoughts on the tournament...Alonzo Louis from Malden is a cat-quick guard that seems unguardable. He is clearly in the same league as Charleston's Shawn Sherrell.
Talk of a possible Malden/Charleston matchup in the playoffs is starting to make the rounds. The speculation about the matchup is good for high school basketball. What is not good, is some Malden supporters believe they can take the 'Jays.
To be clear, Malden has no chance against "The Factory." There is a reason why Charleston has this nickname and Malden does not.
- Richland was the feel good story of the tournament winning the consolation trophy after being the last seed. Even without leading scorer Cameron Whittaker, the Rebels took care of business against Kennett in the consolation final.
- Portageville finished in fifth place and guard Trey Mosby seems to be getting his long-range shot back after breaking his arm in football.
- Players that caught my eye...Drew Thornton, Fr. Richland; Alonzo Louis, Sr. Malden; Trey Mosby, Sr. Portageville; Quentin Franks, Sr. Malden; Silas Dill, Jr. Bernie
- One final thought on Bloomfield, they picked an all-time tournament team and somehow left off Ray Pugh from Malden. Pugh was the best player to ever play at that tournament. Not having Pugh named means that this all-
tournament team has no credibility.
* I totally messed up my predictions on the U-High Tourney. I thought Charleston and Notre Dame would meet in the finals with the Dame winning it all.
Bell City had a brilliant week beating Charleston in the semifinals and defeating Jackson in the finals. Will Bogan played top notch ball with 42 points in the finals. Bogan sure seems like he would be a good fit at SEMO. Nothing against the Cubs and the first place finish, but if Charleston is at full health, the 'Jays would have been hoisting the trophy.
And finally, nobody asked me but....other than Ray Rodgers' broken hand, nothing is wrong with the Sikeston Bulldogs basketball team. You see folks, sometimes, when you play top-notch competition, you lose.
Some folks around the area are concerned about the Bulldogs' 6-5 record. "What is wrong with Sikeston?" That's all I've heard this past week. You would have thought Sikeston had lost to a couple of girls teams.
What I am about to write might injure some but it is the truth, while some were playing Po-dunk High and School of the Blind, Sikeston was actually playing varsity level competition.
So keep your false concern to yourself and remember that Sikeston will be there when it counts.