East Lit loads up on teams, pockets plenty of cash at holiday tournament

Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 10:36pm

One school in Nashville is ready to throw around plenty of pre-Christmas cheer on the basketball court.

East Literature has invited a whopping 24 teams (12 boys, 12 girls) for the sixth annual East Lit Holiday Classic, which starts a three-day run Tuesday.

The majority of teams will be from the Nashville Area, but the tournament also brings in schools from as far away as Lewisburg, 60 miles down I-65, in the two Marshall County teams as well as White House High, 25 miles North in Sumner County.

“When we started this six years ago, we tried to invite the best teams in here possible,” East Lit boys coach Jim Fey said. “What happened was we wound up with two Memphis teams in the finals with less than 50 people in the stands, and our gate took a hit.

“Also, the TSSAA charges an 18 percent fee right off the top, if your tournament is bracketed with a finals winner. If you schedule teams in a pre-determined format, there is no [TSSAA] charge, so that’s what we started doing. You keep 100 percent of your gate, you don’t have to split it.”

Games start at 10 a.m. each day and run through the eighth and final game, scheduled for an 8:30 p.m. start.

Over the three days, each team will play twice. One of the marquee matchups on the opening day will be the host Eagles against Overton at 5:30 p.m.

“We have a good mix of teams,” Fey, who took his team to the Class AA state semifinals last year, said. “We’ve got four good Metro schools competing, Overton, Hume-Fogg, McGavock and ourselves. And we have three good private schools in DCA, Goodpasture and Friendship Christian. And we also have some really good teams from other counties.

“There will be a lot of different styles of play which fans can take in — there are some teams that like to play up-tempo, others more deliberate. I tried to match up teams up where you have the most competitive games. Also, we tried to match up teams that don’t play each other during the season who are in different districts.

“Probably the best thing to come out of our tournament is that you can avoid the rustiness you can collect over the holidays by not playing any games,” he said.

• University School of Nashville boys and Montgomery Bell Academy are competing in the First Farmers Bank Classic at Columbia Central, a two-day event that begins Monday. The two Nashville teams clash Monday at 6:30 p.m.

• Several other Nashville tournaments are scheduled the week after Christmas, including the Overton Christmas Tournament (Dec. 27-29), the Father Ryan Christmas Tournament (Dec. 27-29) and the BGA Christmas Invitational (Dec. 28-30).

Tournament pairings:

East Literature Holiday Classic
Tuesday’s games
10 a.m. — Friendship Christian –DCA, girls; 11:30 a.m. — Friendship-DCA boys; 1 p.m. — Smyrna-Marshall Co, girls; 2:30 — Smyrna-Marshall Co., boys; 4:00 — East Lit-Overton-girls; 5:30 — East Lit-Overton, boys; 7:00 — Hume-Fogg-Goodpasture, girls; 8:30 — Hume-Fogg-Goodpasture, boys.

Wednesday’s games
10 a.m. — Montgomery Cent.-Friendship, girls; 11:30 — Montgomery Cent.-Friendship, boys; 1 p.m. — McGavock-Hume-Fogg, girls; 2:30 — McGavock-Hume-Fogg, boys; 4:00 — Overton-Smyrna, girls; 5:30 — Overton-Smyrna, boys; 7:00 — White House-LaVergne, girls; 8:30 — White House-LaVergne, boys.

Thursday’s games
10 a.m. — Goodpasture-Montgomery Cent., girls; 11:30 — Goodpasture-Montgomery Cent., boys; 1 p.m. — Marshall Co.-McGavock, girls; 2:30 — Marshall Co.-McGavock, boys; 4:00 — LaVergne-East Lit, girls; 5:30 — LaVergne-East Lit, boys; 7:00 — DCA-White House, girls; 8:30 — DCA-White House, boys.

First Farmers Bank Christmas Classic (boys)
At Columbia Central High

Monday’s games
5:00 — Hickman County-Waverly; 6:30 — MBA-USN; 8:00 — Columbia-Creekwood.
Tuesday’s games
5:00 — Shelbyville-Hickman Co.; 6:30 — USN-Creekwood; 8:00 — Columbia-MBA.

Overton Christmas Tournament

December 27
10 a.m. — Hillsboro-Maplewood, girls; 11:30 a.m. — Raleigh-Egypt-Glencliff, boys; 1 p.m. — Hume-Fogg-Ryan, girls; 2:30 — Springfield-USN, boys; 4 — Harpeth-USN, girls; 5:30 — Harpeth-Overton, boys; 7:00 — Overton-Whites Creek, girls; 8:30 — BGA-Whites Creek, boys.

December 28
10 a.m. — Loser gm 1-Loser gm 3, girls; 11:30 a.m. — Loser gm 6 vs. Loser gm 8, boys; 1 p.m. — Loser gm 5 vs. Loser gm 7, girls; 2:30 p.m. — Loser gm 2 vs. Loser gm 4, boys; 4 p.m. — Winner gm 1 vs. Winner gm 3, girls semis; 5:30 — Winner gm 6 vs. Winner gm 8, boys semis; 7:00 — Winner gm 5 vs. Winner gm 7, girls semis; 8:30 — Winner gm 2 vs. Winner gm 4, boys semis.

December 29
10 a.m. — Girls 7th place; 11:30 a.m. — Boys 7th place; 1 p.m. — Girls 5th place; 2:30 — Boys 5th place; 4:00 — Girls 3rd place; 5:30— Boys 3rd place; 7:00 — Girls Finals; 8:30 — Boys Finals.

Father Ryan Christmas Tournament (boys)

December 27
3 p.m. — Shelbyville-Clarksville; 4:30 — LaVergne-Centennial; 6:15 — Mt. Juliet-Oakland; 7:45 — Ryan-Hillsboro.

December 28
3 p.m. — Loser gm 1 vs. Loser gm 2; 4:30 — Loser gm 3 vs. Loser gm 4; 6:15 — Winner gm 1 vs. Winner gm 2, semis; 7:45 — Winner gm 3 vs. Winner gm 4, semis.

December 29
3 p.m. — 7th place; 4:30 — 5th place; 6:15 — 3rd place; 7:45 — Championship game.

BGA Christmas Invitational

December 28 (girls)
2 p.m. — Clarksville Academy-Lighthouse Christian; 3:30 — Mem. Hutchison-BGA.

December 29
10 a.m. — Mem. Hutchison-Clarksville Academy; 11:30 — BGA-Lighthouse Christian; 6 p.m. — Lighthouse Christian-Mem.Hutchison; 7:30 — Clarksville Academy-BGA.

December 30
1:00 — 3rd place; 2:30 — Championship game.