The 33rd (31st for girls) Eastern Carolina Classic holiday basketball tournament concluded Tuesday night with a first, at least in my four-plus years at The Wilson Daily Times — a loss to a county rival by the Beddingfield girls.
The Lady Bruins were denied their fifth straight Classic title by Fike as the Lady Golden Demons won 57-50 to push their tournament-record championship total to 17. It was a sweet night for Fike as sensational senior Jeremy Atkinson led the Golden Demons to a 92-59 pounding of Hunt in the boys championship.
Atkinson finally won the Harvey Reid Jr. Memorial Award for boys MVP while Fike sophomore Leslie Finch (who won a national Punt, Pass and Kick championship three years ago) was saluted as the Eddie Summerlin Memorial Award recipient as the girls MVP.
Beddingfield thumped Greene Central 68-48 in the boys consolation meaning neither Greene Central team won a game this year. I wonder how many times that's happened.
Looks like the tournament came close to drawing 3,000 spectators based on my very unofficial estimate.
Here's another round of great photographs by Daily Times staff writer Ryan Bisesi.
Happy New Year!
A view of the scrumptious spread in the hospitality room reveals the outstanding preparation of tournament director Lee Matthews.
Beddingfield's Shaniqua Clay (11) and Fike's Tramicka James in action during the first half.
Nobody has the sideline intensity of Lady Bruins head coach Debra Pegram.
Smile, Leslie Finch! You've just been named the 2008 Eddie Summerlin Memorial Award winner!
Jeremy Atkinson brings the pain against Hunt and the rim in the Fike gym.