The 2017 MAM Christmas Classic is off to a great start and with the Elite 8 later this evening, things are about to heat up for a few teams. Today at MUS in the 7:00 games, Southaven will take on a scrappy West Lions team and on Court 1 at the same time, Highland Oaks will take on the St.Louis Cardinals who pulled off the upset last night on last second lay up over John P Freeman.
In the 8:00 games, Bellevue will take on Dexter on Court 2 while St.George will play against MUS on Court 1. I think Southaven might be one of the more athletic teams in the tournament and it will be too much for West but the game to watch on that side of the bracket will be Highland and St.Louis. The Cardinals have the best player in middle school in the city in Chandler Jackson and he’s a handful for anyone. He’s a play maker, rebounder and get to rim player and he pretty much does everything for them including handing out the water in timeouts. Basically a nightmare match-up for most teams in the city and it will be no different tonight for Highland Oaks.
I have a feeling though that Coach Mark Freeman also knows what I know watching them last night and a different game plan will be in place. Highland has a young group though and they rely on two 7th graders a lot so will it be to much to ask them to stop the best player in the city? I think Regale Moore has a huge game and I have Highland in the upset in a close low scoring game but it will be a tall task to ask of them. On the other side, I have Bellevue cruising against an improved Dexter team but a team that hasn’t seen a team like the Bobcats all year long. Cartier Beverly is now back to playing as well and will take a few games to get the rust off but I expect him to have an impact in this tournament as well. The MUS St.George will a pick em type game but I have MUS advancing to the Final 4 in that one.
- Bellevue vs Dexter – Bellevue
- St.George’s vs MUS- MUS
- Southaven vs West- Southaven
- Highland Oaks vs St.Louis- Highland
Final 4 (Friday)
- Bellevue vs MUS
- Southaven vs Highland Oaks