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Lighthouse Classic brings hot hoops to Corinth
by Steve Beavers
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A feast of high school basketball action awaits hoop fans a day after Thanksgiving.

Thirteen games over two days will give basketball junkies the deal they are looking for on Black Friday and the following day when the Physician's Urgent Care Lighthouse Thanksgiving Classic tips off.

"There is not a better value for the dollar," said Lighthouse Foundation board member and event organizer Vince Overholt.

Six games are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 29 at Corinth High School. Another seven contests will take place the following day at CHS.

A quartet of perennial squads from Tennessee are part of the two days of hoops. Memphis, Tenn. squads Southwind and White Station are among the field. White Station – winners of five Class 3A state titles, including three straight from 2002-04 – will face DeSoto High School, Texas in the Saturday night finale.

White Station has two players ranked among the 2014 ESPN Top 100. Leron Black, ranked #41, is a 6-7 power forward committed to Illinois. Point guard Chris Chiozza is rated #42 and is committed to Florida.

Southwind, the defending 3A state champion, and 2A runner-up Jackson South Side along with 1A power Middleton, Hardin County and Mount Pleasant round out the Tennessee flavor.

Wenonah, Ala. has been locked up to come. The three-time defending 5A champs will take on Madison Prep, La. and 2015 ESPN #42 rated shooting guard Brandon Sampson on Saturday.

Moss Point shooting guard Devin Booker will be the highest rated player in the classic. The Kentucky signee will lead MPHS against Corinth on Friday and Southwind on Saturday.

"Fans should expect to see some completive games and some great players," said Overholt. "Our desire is to see all 13 games go down to the wire."

Local squads Alcorn Central and defending Class 1A state champion Biggersville join Corinth in the field. The Corinth Lady Warriors will face Hardin County in the lone female contest of the 13 games.

Admission to the two days of basketball is $8 each day.

"We feel like we have lowered the admission enough to get people in the gym," added Overholt. "Once they get inside we have some special things planned."

A classic program, which contains color on every page, will be available for fans to purchase. T-shirts will also be sold along with some different items at the concession stand.

Concession areas will also be located inside the gym.

"We recognize people don't want to stand in line and miss any of the action," added the event organizer. "We wanted to make everything easier for the fans over the two days."

Proceeds from the two days will go to the Lighthouse Foundation.

"I hope people remember why we are doing this," said Overholt. "Each dollar spent will go right back into the Lighthouse."

The Lighthouse Foundation is involved in such projects as taking youth to the summer camp Kids Across America, Toy Store, Boyz 2 Men Leadership Program, Refined Leadership, STARS, Summer at Da House, After School Tutoring, Corinthian Garden, GED, and Friday Morning Men's Prayer.

For more information about the classic go to its website at

The schedule for the two days is:

Friday, Nov. 29

Mt. Pleasant vs. Middleton, 12:30

Shannon vs. Hardin Co., 2

Alcorn Central vs. Nettleton, 3:30

Biggersville vs. Tupelo, 5

Corinth vs. Moss Point, 6:30

DeSoto, Tx. vs. Madison Prep, La., 8

Saturday, Nov. 30

(G) Corinth vs. Hardin Co., 11 a.m.

Middleton vs. Marshall Academy, 12:30

Biggersville vs. Mt. Pleasant, 2

Moss Point vs. Southwind, 3:30

Corinth vs. Jackson South Side, 5

Madison Prep vs. Wenonah, Ala., 6:30

White Station vs. DeSoto, Tx., 8

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