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BRISTOL, Tenn. — The 31st annual Arby’s Classic tips off late next month at Viking Hall and the participating schools bring with them impressive résumés.
Urspring School of Germany, last year’s Arby’s champion, returns to defend its title. Urspring, also the German U19 national champion, has six players who stand 6-foot-7 or taller.
Back for a fourth straight year is Mentor of Ohio. The Cardinals were the Arby’s runners-up the past two tournaments and last season won the Ohio Division 1 state championship.
Local teams in this year’s field are Dobyns-Bennett, Tennessee High, Gate City, Sullivan South, Sullivan East and Johnson County.
“There is no easy draw in this tournament,” said Gate City coach Scott Vermillion, whose team will face Christ Presbyterian Academy from Nashville in first-round action.
The Lions are coming off back-to-back 2A state championships. They are led by sophomore Braxton Blackwell, a nephew of Ralph Sampson.
Johnson County returns to the tournament for the first time since playing in the inaugural Arby’s in 1983. The Longhorns drew the task of playing Memphis’ Hamilton High School, led by brothers Keelon and Dedric Lawson.
Sullivan South opens against a team coached by a familiar name to NBA and Wake Forest fans. Muggsy Bogues, at 5-3, is the smallest player in NBA history and spent time with several teams, including a long stint in Charlotte. Bogues coaches United Faith Christian Academy, which opens against the Rebels on Day 1 of the Arby’s.
Dobyns-Bennett’s first game is against Murfreesboro’s Oakland, making its first Arby’s appearance. The father of Patriots coach Mike Wright won the Arby’s tournament in 1994 as coach of Augusta Westside.
Tournament action begins Dec. 26 and concludes Dec. 31.
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2013 Arby’s Classic
At Viking Hall
Thursday, Dec. 26
Game 1: Sullivan East vs. Urspring School, Germany, 1 p.m.
Game 2: Sullivan South vs. United Faith Christian Academy, N.C., 2:30 p.m.
Game 3: Tabernacle Baptist, Bahamas vs. Greater Atlanta Christian, Ga., 4 p.m.
Game 4: Hamilton vs. Johnson County, 5:30 p.m.
Game 5: Dobyns-Bennett vs. Oakland, 7 p.m.
Game 6: Mentor, Ohio vs. Oak Ridge, 8:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 27
Game 7: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 2:30 p.m.
Game 8: Winner Game 1 vs. Milton, Ga., 4 p.m.
Game 9: Christ School, N.C. vs. Tennessee High, 5:30 p.m.
Game 10: Gate City vs. Christ Presbyterian Academy, 7 p.m.
Game 11: Peachtree Ridge, Ga. vs. Winner Game 2, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 28
Game 12: Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 9 a,m,
Game 13: Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6, 10:30 a.m.
Game 14: Loser Game 8 vs. Loser Game 9, 12 p.m.
Game 15: Loser Game 10 vs. Loser Game 11, 8:30 p.m.
Game 16: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 5 p.m.
Game 17: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 6:30 p.m.
Game 18: Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 9, 8 p.m.
Game 19: Winner game 10 vs. Winner Game 11, 9:30 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 29
Game 20: Winner Game 12 vs. Winner Game 13, 9 a.m.
Game 21: Winner Game 14 vs. Winner Game 15, 10:30 a.m.
Game 22: Loser Game 16 vs. Loser Game 17, 12 p.m.
Game 23: Loser Game 18 vs. Loser Game 19, 1:30 p.m.
Slam Dunk Contest — 5:30 p.m.
Game 24: Winner game 16 vs. Winner Game 17, 7 p.m.
Game 25: Winner Game 18 vs. Winner Game 19, 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 31
Game 26: Winner Game 7 vs. Loser Game 13, 11:30 a.m.
Game 27: Winner game 20 vs. Winner Game 21, 1 p.m.
Game 28: Winner Game 22 vs. Winner Game 23, 2:30 p.m.
3-Point Contest — 4 p.m.
Game 29: Loser Game 24 vs. Loser Game 25, 5 p.m.
Game 30: Winner Game 24 vs. Winner Game 25, 6:30 p.m.