Overton faces one of many tough tests at Davis Foundation Showcase

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 11:30pm

No ducking the big boys for Overton.

The Bobcats will meet powerful Memphis Whitehaven in the spotlight game of a top-notch six-game card in the Charles Davis Foundation Basketball Showcase. The event will starts 1 p.m. Saturday at Belmont’s Curb Event Center.

“This is how we schedule, we like to play against the best,” coach James McKee said. “We’ve already played Memphis White Station on the road. Then later this month, before our Christmas tournament (Dec. 27-29), we play at Oakland, go to Memphis Overton (Dec. 20), then come back through Jackson to play Liberty Tech (Dec. 21).”

Liberty Tech, which trounced Overton in Nashville last December, finished as Class AA state runner-up last March.

Saturday’s game, which tips off at 5:30 p.m., features UT baseball signee, 6-foot-1 guard Mookie Betts of Overton, and Whitehaven 6-8 power forward Octavious Ellis, a Cincinnati signee.

Overton is 4-2 but could well be 5-1 were it not for a disappointing 65-64 loss to Ravenwood.

“We had a wonderful display of foul shooting,’’ said McKee in a sarcastic reference to an 8-of-19 performance from the line. “If we just hit half of them, we probably win by a few points.”

Asked about the play so far for Betts and his team, McKee said, “he’s not playing quite up to his potential nor is our team isn’t playing up to what we’re capable. I’m hoping that as we get on into the season, we’ll start playing at a higher level.”

The Bobcats got to the region semifinals last season before losing a tough duel at McGavock.

The Whitehaven game will be Overton’s third in three days. The Bobcats will host Brentwood Thursday night before their District 12-AAA opener at Cane Ridge Friday.

Another Nashville vs. Memphis showdown comes earlier Saturday when Cane Ridge challenges Memphis Hillcrest at 2:30 p.m.

The nightcap at 8:30 p.m. will find Maplewood taking on Hunters Lane in a match-up of North Nashville neighborhood rivals, preceded by the two girls teams.

Doors open at noon.

(at Curb Event Center, Belmont)

1 p.m.—Cane Ridge vs. Pearl-Cohn, girls
2:30 – Cane Ridge vs. Memphis Hillcrest, boys
4:00—Pearl-Cohn vs. Brentwood, boys
5:30—Overton vs. Memphis Whitehaven, boys
7:00—Maplewood vs. Hunters Lane, girls
8:30—Maplewood vs. Hunters Lane, boys