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Northeast Mississippi Community College’s Bonner Arnold Coliseum has been the hotbed of basketball in junior college for years.
For two days in December, Bonner Arnold Coliseum transforms into a hotbed for 18 of the best basketball teams in the state as the Kiwanis Club of Booneville hosts it annual basketball tournament at the legendary gymnasium.
During the flurry of high school basketball activity, Northeast’s men’s basketball team also receives a benefit from the games played in the Bonner Arnold Coliseum as the two-day tournament at Northeast serves as fund-raiser for the program.
Bonner Arnold Coliseum shares the honor with one of the newest facilities in the state as the organization splits 24 games over two games in Northeast’s facility and Booneville High School’s gym.
“This summer we had a meeting with Booneville, Northeast Basketball and our club,” said 2010-11 Booneville Kiwanis Club President Stan Howell, “we decided that it would be a win-win for all involved. We are excited to enter this partnership and really this it will become a premier event in the state.”
Dates for the two-day tournament are Monday, December 20 and Tuesday, December 21.
With games split on one hour and thirty minute limits, organizers have slated six games a day at each of the two sites.
“It’s a great bargain for $5 per person per site,” said Northeast head men’s basketball coach David Robbins. “Fans can go and watch six games per day, per site -- that may be the best Christmas deal around.”
Fans will also have a chance to join in on the fun as the organization will hold a raffle for a chance at $100 during halftime shooting contests.
Both days will see the same time schedules with games starting at noon and the final game of the evening beginning at 7:30 p.m. with each contest tipping off in one hour, 30 minute increments at 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and finally 7:30 p.m.
First day’s action at Northeast’s Bonner Arnold Coliseum sees Wheeler and Houston tip off action at noon on Dec. 20 in a boy’s contest followed by back-to-back girls’ contests seeing Saltillo and Corinth (1:30 p.m.) and Olive Branch and Wheeler (3 p.m.) take to the court during the first day.
Belmont and Ashland boys get the 4:30 p.m.-slot on the first day at Bonner Arnold Coliseum while Belmont and South Pontotoc girls’ square off at 6 p.m.
The first day’s nightcap sees Class 6A Olive Branch boys take on Corinth at 7:30 p.m.
At Booneville High School on the first day, J.Z. George gets the first two games as the Lady Jaguars take on Kossuth at noon and the Jaguars square off with New Site at 1:30 p.m.
Kossuth and North Pontotoc boys get the 3 p.m. slot on the first day while Nettleton picks up back-to-back games at 4:30 and 6 p.m. as the Lady Tigers take on Booneville at 4:30 p.m. and Nettleton and Pontotoc boys tip off at 6 p.m.
Host Booneville caps the first day’s events when its boys play South Pontotoc at 7:30 p.m.
Action continues on Tuesday, December as Wheeler boys get the honor once again at starting action at Bonner Arnold Coliseum when the Eagles host South Pontotoc at noon.
A trio of boys games start off the second day at Bonner Arnold Coliseum as New Site and North Pontotoc lock down the 1:30 p.m. slot and Kossuth and Pine Grove have a 3 p.m. scheduled tip.
Kossuth’s Lady Aggies are the first girls’ team to take the court at Bonner Arnold Coliseum on the second day when Kossuth hosts Nettleton at 4:30 p.m.
Olive Branch caps the night at Bonner Arnold Coliseum when the Lady Conquistadors take on New Site at 6 p.m. and the Conquistadors battle Pontotoc at 7:30 p.m.
At Booneville High School, host Booneville sandwiches action on the second day with the Lady Blue Devils kicking off action at noon against Pine Grove and the Blue Devils capping the night against Nettleton at 7:30 p.m.
In between the two Booneville contests, J.Z. George battles Wheeler in a girls’ affair at 1:30 p.m. and Baldwyn and Corinth’s girls’ teams square off at 3 p.m.
J.Z. George’s boys’ team takes on Baldwyn at 4:30 p.m. and kicks off three straight boys’ contests to end the night at Booneville High School.
Corinth faces its replacement in Division 1-3A when the Warriors take on Holly Springs at 6:30 p.m. With Corinth moving to Class 4A next year, Holly Springs takes the place of the Warriors in Division 1-3A.
Booneville caps the second day when the Blue Devils square off against Nettleton at 7:30 p.m.
Proceeds from the tournament go to Booneville High School athletic programs, Northeast basketball and the Kiwanis Club of Booneville to fund scholarships at Northeast and funding for the club’s service projects befitting children of Prentiss County.
Kiwanis Club of Booneville
Annual Basketball Tournament
December 20-21, 2010
Northeast Mississippi Community College
December 20, 2010
(B) Wheeler vs. Houston, noon
(G) Saltillo vs. Corinth, 1:30 p.m.
(G) Olive Branch vs. Wheeler, 3 p.m.
(B) Belmont vs. Ashland, 4:30 p.m.
(G) Belmont vs. South Pontotoc, 6 p.m.
(B) Olive Branch vs. Corinth, 7:30 p.m.
December 21, 2010
(B) Wheeler vs. South Pontotoc, noon
(B) New Site vs. North Pontotoc, 1:30 p.m.
(B) Kossuth vs. Pine Grove, 3 p.m.
(G) Kossuth vs. Nettleton, 4:30 p.m.
(G) Olive Branch vs. New Site, 6 p.m.
(B) Olive Branch vs. Pontotoc, 7:30 p.m.
Booneville High School
December 20, 2010
(G) JZ George vs. Kossuth, noon
(B) JZ George vs. New Site, 1:30 p.m.
(B) North Pontotoc vs. Kossuth, 3 p.m.
(G) Booneville vs. Nettleton, 4:30 p.m.
(B) Nettleton vs. Pontotoc, 6 p.m.
(B) Booneville vs. South Pontotoc, 7:30 p.m.
December 21, 2010
(G) Booneville vs. Pine Grove, noon
(G) JZ George vs. Wheeler, 1:30 p.m.
(G) Baldwyn vs. Corinth, 3 p.m.
(B) Baldwyn vs. JZ George, 4:30 p.m.
(B) Corinth vs. Holly Springs, 6 p.m.
(B) Booneville vs. Nettleton, 7:30 p.m.