Basketball Tourneys Already Booked for New Student Activities Center


            MOUNT VERNON -- Brewton-Parker College's new Student Activities Center gymnasium is yet to see its first action, and already Athletic Director Steve Barker has a loaded tournament schedule for the facility that includes two postseason events this winter.

Brewton-Parker will play host to its first Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference postseason tournament March 12-15, when the conference's 10 men's teams will play for the league title and automatic berth into the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City, Mo.

            "I think a lot of people are excited because it's the newest facility in the league, and I think it will be one of the finest in the league as well," said Barker, whose bid for the men's GACC tournament includes the right to also serve as host for the 2003-04 men's tourney.

            In addition, Brewton-Parker was recently awarded the Georgia Class AA Region III high school boys' and girls' basketball tournaments on Feb.11 and 13-15.

            "It was nice to have the Georgia High School Association to give us the respect and confidence to host the first round of the state tournament without the gym even being built yet," Barker said.

            The No. 7 through 10 seeds for the GACC men's tournament will have qualifying games March 12, with all 10 teams participating in a welcome banquet that evening in the Brewton-Parker cafeteria.

            The four quarterfinal games will be played March 13, with the semifinals planned for March 14 and the championship contest at 8 p.m. on March 15.

            The men's and women's GACC tournaments will be run on different dates for the first time; the women's tourney will be at North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega on March 6-8. 

            The reason for the different dates is that the NAIA moved the men's national tournament back a week because of scheduling conflicts with the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City.

            Two regular-season college basketball tournaments also have been planned for the 1,500-seat gymnasium, as has a high school tournament that will include boys' and girls' teams from eight Georgia high schools.

            Teams in the December high school tournament will include those from Montgomery County, Toombs County and Wheeler County. Each team will play three games in the round-robin tourney set for Dec. 26-28.

            The basketball court will get its first action in the Brewton-Parker Tip-off Classic on Nov. 8-9. The Lady Barons and Barons will play their respective foes from Morris (S.C.) College on Nov. 8, then face the teams from Webber International (Fla.) University on Nov. 9.

            GACC rival North Georgia fills out the schedule, playing afternoon games against Webber on Nov. 8 and Morris on Nov. 9.

            The Brewton-Parker Christmas Tournament will be Dec. 13-14, with the Friday games determining match-ups for Saturday's games.

            The Lady Barons and Barons will have their games both nights, first playing Claflin (S.C.) College on Dec. 13. Spring Hill (Ala.) University and Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Aeronautical University will play the afternoon games the first day.

            Friday's women's losers will meet Saturday afternoon, as will the men's first-day losers. The Friday winners will play Saturday night, with the women's game first.

            "To have this many tournaments this year will really allow us to showcase the building and break it in well," Barker said.

Even before the varsity basketball court in Brewton-Parker College’s new Student Activities Center had its lineage and designs painted last week, the Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference awarded the college and the center its postseason men’s basketball tournaments for the next two years, and the Georgia High School Association will have its Class AA Region III boys’ and girls’ basketball tournaments in the gym Feb. 11 and 13-15.