ECCC hosts Annual Basketball Tourney

From press reports


Area high school basketball teams will battle for bragging rights and championship trophies when the annual East Central Community College Invitational Tournament is held Dec. 2-7, 2013, on the Decatur campus.

Teams representing Forest, Lake, Scott Central, Louisville, Newton, Newton County, Southeast Lauderdale, West Lauderdale, Choctaw Central, Union and Northeast Lauderdale are expected to compete in the double-elimination event scheduled in the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building and the South Campus gym.

Admission is $6.

In first-round action Monday, Dec. 1 in the girls’ bracket, it’s #8 Forest vs. #9 Lake at 4 p.m. (South Campus), #6 Southeast Lauderdale vs. #11 West Lauderdale at 5:30 p.m. (Brackeen-Wood), followed by #7 Union vs. #10 Northeast Lauderdale at 7 p.m. (South Campus).

Competition continues Tuesday, Dec. 3, with #4 Louisville vs. #5 Newton at 4 p.m. (South Campus), #2 Choctaw Central vs. Union/Northeast Lauderdale winner at 4 p.m. (Brackeen-Wood), #1 Scott Central vs. Forest/Lake winner at 7 p.m. (Brackeen-Wood) and #3 Newton County vs. Southeast Lauderdale/West Lauderdale winner at 7 p.m. (South Campus).

Semi-finals are scheduled at 4 and 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6 in Brackeen-Wood.

The championship game is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 in Brackeen-Wood.

In men’s first-round action Monday, Dec. 2, its #8 Northeast Lauderdale vs. #9 Union at 5:30 p.m. (South Campus) and #7 Scott Central vs. #10 Lake at 7 p.m. (Brackeen-Wood).

Competition continues Tuesday, Dec. 3, with #2 Newton County vs. Scott Central/Lake winner at 5:30 p.m. (Brackeen-Wood), #4 Choctaw Central vs. #5 Newton at 5:30 p.m. (South Campus), #1 West Lauderdale vs. Northeast Lauderdale/Union winner at 8:30 p.m. (Brackeen-Wood) and #3 Forest vs. #6 Southeast Lauderdale at 8:30 p.m. (Brackeen-Wood).

Semi-finals are scheduled at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 in Brackeen-Wood.

The championship matchup is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 in Brackeen-Wood.

Tournament brackets are displayed on the ECCC Web site,

For more information, contact the ECCC head basketball coaches Crandal Porter (601-635-6372; e-mail or Robert Thompson (601-635-6243; e-mail