The annual Daleville Christmas Basketball Tournament is coming back for its fifth season, and Warhawks boys coach Troy Turman thinks this season may be the best yet.
The Daleville basketball program will host the fifth annual Daleville Christmas Tournament Dec. 19-21 at the DHS gym. The tournament, which features eight boys and eight girls teams, have the Daleville coaching staff excited.
"We're very excited about the tournament," Turman said. "We've got plenty of sponsors and some really good teams in it."
On the boys side, once-beaten Providence opens the tournament Dec. 19 at 10 a.m. against Elba. Houston County and Headland tipoff at 1:30 p.m. Goshen and Houston Academy face each other at 4:30 that afternoon. Unbeaten Daleville plays Samson at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 to round out the boys first-round games.
"From top to bottom, the boys bracket is stacked," Turman said." This is a solid bracket. It's going to be the toughest boys bracket we've had, I think."
Headland and Providence get the girls tournament started with a 9 a.m. game on Dec. 19. Daleville and Houston Academy play at noon. Ashford and Houston County will meet at 3 p.m. Perennial power Samson matches-up against Goshen at 6 p.m.
"All the wins we get would be a plus," Daleville girls coach Zach Kelley said. "All we can get would be great, because we've got that long break. We need some wins before that break."
Second-round games begin Dec. 20 at 9 a.m. The girls championship game is set for 6 p.m. Dec. 21. The boys will play for the title immediately after the girls at 7:30 p.m.
Turman said the competition would only help Daleville, which has won its first six games of the season. The games should have more of a playoff feel to the Warhawks, Turman said.
"This helps us big time," he said. "We need the one-and-done atmosphere. It's a three-game tournament, but it's one-and-done if you want to win. You win or you go home, basically."
With that type of basketball, Turman expects a large turnout. He knows Warhawks basketball fans will be there in droves, and he anticipates other schools to have the same support.
All of which adds up to a very exciting week.
"These teams will bring a lot of people; Daleville will bring a lot of people," Turman said. "The atmosphere is going to be great."