Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Basketball: High school holiday tournaments to begin
Jeff Price sees multiple advantages to staying home for the holidays.
Price is the first-year boys basketball coach at Pilot Point, which will host a holiday tournament beginning Tuesday after plenty of post-Christmas travel in past years.
The plan to host an event was the brainchild of former Bearcats coach Danny Baggett. Price, who was hired in June, liked the idea and decided to keep it.
"You don't have to travel as much," Price said. "The kids get to play and stay here and sleep in their bed. There are some advantages to playing a tournament at home."
The inaugural three-day event will feature a seven-team field of Class 3A and Class 2A opponents, including Krum, Frisco Lone Star, Bowie, Lake Worth, Callisburg and the Red Oak junior varsity.
The round-robin format will allow each team to play six games over three days -- once against each of the other teams. There is no girls division or subvarsity division.
It will be the first boys varsity tournament at Pilot Point since the Bearcats and Sanger co-hosted an annual pre-holiday tournament several years ago.
Price hopes the home-court advantage will translate into some wins for Pilot Point as it prepares for the start of District 9-3A play in January.
"It's hard to beat getting six games in a tournament," Price said. "If it goes well, we will look into doing it in future years."
Many area teams will begin their annual holiday tournaments today and finish up on Wednesday, with some competing in top events in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
For example, the Ryan girls will play in the Sandra Meadows Classic in Duncanville, which features some of the state's premier programs.
The Ryan boys will begin play today at The Colony tournament, while the Denton boys will compete in the Fort Worth ISD Coca-Cola tournament at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center. The Denton girls will travel to a tournament in Burkburnett.
The Guyer girls are in the massive field for the DISD Coca-Cola tournament in Dallas, while the Guyer and Lake Dallas boys will each play at the Byron Nelson tournament in Trophy Club.
The prestigious Whataburger Tournament, now in its 53rd year, will find several area teams in the field. Argyle, Ponder and Liberty Christian are included in the boys division at Haltom, while the girls division at Saginaw includes Argyle, Sanger and Liberty Christian.
A handful of other girls teams will head to the Prosper Holiday Classic, including Lake Dallas, Aubrey, Ponder and Krum. Aubrey also is in the boys bracket in Prosper.
In other tournament action beginning today, the Sanger boys will be in Sherman and the Pilot Point girls travel to Mineral Wells.
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