05/24/2024
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West Bladen High School will host the 10th annual Bladen Offroad Christmas Tournament Dec. 28-30. The tournament will feature four boys’ basketball games each day beginning at 2 p.m. with the championship game set for Dec. 30 at 8 p.m.

“We are excited to have Bladen Offroad back as our sponsor,” West Bladen boys’ basketball coach Travis Pait said. “This local business has become a destination to meet automobile owners’ needs for tires, rims, service, and repairs.”

Scott Gordon, owner of Bladen Offroad, said, “Bladen Offroad is proud to be associated with this great event. For a number of years West Bladen has provided a quality high school tournament here in southeastern North Carolina. At Bladen Offroad we strive to provide excellent service and great prices to our customers. Our sponsorship of this tournament is one of many ways that we give back to our community.”

Admission will be $6 each day with no passes out. Only NCHSAA passes (coaches, referees, and officials) will be allowed. Concessions will be available for purchase.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
(Team records are through games of Dec. 12)
Wednesday, Dec. 28
2 p.m., Game 1, Scotland (3-1) vs. North Brunswick (2-4)
4 p.m., Game 2, Dillon Christian (5-1) vs. St. Pauls (2-3)
6 p.m., Game 3, Wilmington Laney (8-0) vs. Whiteville (0-4)
8 p.m., Game 4, West Bladen (6-0) vs. Pamlico (1-4)
Thursday, Dec. 29
2 p.m., Game 5, Loser G2 vs. Loser G3
4 p.m., Game 6, Loser G1 vs. Loser G4
6 p.m., Game 7, Winner G2 vs. Winner G3
8 p.m., Game 8, Winner G1 vs. Winner G4
Friday, Dec. 30
2 p.m., Game 9, 7th place game
4 p.m., Game 10, 5th place game
6 p.m., Game 11, 3rd place game
8 p.m., Game 12, Championship game

Through the years this annual tournament has boasted many great teams and future college players. This year proves to be no exception.

Defending tournament champion Laney is off to a 8-0 start to the season as it expects to contend for the top spot in its conference. Players to watch are Khalil Genwright, Jarrod Vaughn and Josh Helms.

North Brunswick is led by high scoring guard Malakhi Daniels. The Scorpions are transitioning from a long football playoff run and hope to make some noise at West Bladen. Another player to watch is Eric Mosley.

St Pauls is back. Thought to be one of the favorites in the SAC-7 this year, this Bulldogs team has an interesting mix of young and old that will be fun to watch. Players to watch are MJ Galbreath, Elijah Blanding and Cam Revels.

Dillon Christian has reloaded after a rebuilding year. Led by fan favorite Greyson Singletary, Bo Stone’s team has state championship aspirations and hope this tournament will help it in that process. Other players to watch are Ryheim Manning and Thompson Stone.

Coach Michael Malpass has returned for a second stint at Scotland as his team has started fast out of the gate and will surely figure in to the outcome of the tournament. Players to watch are Lamonte Cousar, Isaac Ferguson and Jaquez Caldwell.

Whiteville, another team coming off of a deep football playoff run, hopes to use the tournament as an opportunity to find themselves as they ramp up for league play. Players to watch are Will Fisher, Amari Best and Kyan Ganus.

Pamlico has played an extremely tough non-conference schedule. Coach Earl Sadler’s team is better than its 1-4 record may suggest and are primed for a good showing in the Bladen Offroad Christmas Tournament. Players to watch are Barwick Audilet, Braylen Ollison and Camren Jones.

Host West Bladen has gotten off to a 6-0 start. As the schedule gets tougher it will be interesting to see how this young team reacts. Players to watch are Hezekiah Adams and Chase Williams.

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