Both Central Baptist College Mustangs from Conway and Henderson State Reddies from Arkadelphia bring an up-tempo, run-and-shoot game to Jessievile's Sports Area next Monday, Nov. 19.
Each team likes to press on defense, working to cause a turnover and putting a fast break offense in motion towards their basket. A year ago, CBC's Mustangs averaged nearly 80 points per game and broke the 100-point mark on multiple occasions.
Second-year coach Tony Price's squad includes 7-footer Carl Corman, whose rebounding sets up a free-wheeling fast break offense. Senior Blake Hanney is a three-point shooter with uncanny accuracy. Hanney made 13 straight in a game last season. HSU's Reddies were the Great American Conference surprise last year, finishing with a 16-11 record, second among nine teams, and squashing pre-season predictions of eighth place. Expectations are running high this year for a conference championship.
Starting his second season as Henderson State coach, Doug Nichols, sees the Tip-Off Classic as a championship game environment, getting his team a taste for its season's goal. Nichols, who married a Jessieville woman in September, also coaches a fast-break game with laser-like passes to find an open shooter. "We played at a speedy tempo last year, but we're trying to push the ball even faster this year." "We do screens and back door stuff to set up high-percentage scores," he said.
We have two guys from Ohio who can jump and shoot with anyone. Nichols said he is elated to bring the Reedies to Jessieville and reach out to Henderson State alumni. "We have many alumni in the area and hope they will come out and see us play," Nichols said.
The Tip-Off Classic is sponsored by HSV Evening Lions Club as a charity fundraiser.
Tip-Off Classic – What You Need to Know:
Who: Women's game – Ouachita Tigers vs. Union University Bulldogs.
Men's game - Central Baptist Mustangs vs. Henderson State Reddies
What: Hot Springs Village Evening Lions Tip- Off Classic
Where: Jessieville School Sports Arena, Jessieville AR. North Hwy. 7
When: Monday, November 19, 2012
Time: Women's game 5:00 pm. Men's game 7:00 pm.
Cost: $10 ticket admits you to both games.