Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) – The annual Showdown In The Lake basketball classic will return this weekend for its 8th year. 16 boys’ teams and 16 girls’ teams will travel to the event, including local schools like Barbe, St. Louis Catholic, LCCP, Washington Marion, Rosepine, Lagrange, Jennings and Hamilton Christian. The tournament will take place from December 1 to 3, while a total of 16 matches will be played this Thursday alone. The locations for all games will be at three different schools. The first being Sam Houston High School, as the games will be held at their auxiliary and main gymnasiums. The other two venues for the event will then be LCCP as they will host matches in their gym and then of course Hamilton Christian in their gym as well.
Dexter Washington, athletic director of Hamilton Christian and head coach of boys basketball, is the organizer of the event, and he has made it clear that this tournament is so important to the growth of basketball in Lake Charles in stating, “I always said if I ever got to coach, that’s what I wanted to do in Lake Charles. And you know, I don’t know if we’re going to fill the stands like they did back then, but I’m telling you what our kids want to play basketball, our community wants to get involved in basketball again. Barbe decided to participate and Saint Louis decided to participate and Lake Charles College Prep also joined. Bringing these teams in gives this tournament a local flavor for a tournament of this magnitude. And you know, my biggest dream has always been to give our kids here in southwest Louisiana the opportunity to play on the big stage and play against the biggest opponents and the biggest teams in the State “.
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