Baldwyn to be tested in Vandiver Classic

By Brandon Speck

Daily Journal

Baldwyn will wake up playing basketball today and go to bed playing basketball, tonight.

“That’s how we like to do it,” Bearcats coach Jason McKay said.

The 2013 Doc Vandiver Classic tips off at 9:30 a.m. with Baldwyn and Tremont. This evening, the defending Class 2A champs have the biggest test of the day against Lee, out of Huntsville, Ala. That is scheduled for a 7:10 p.m. tipoff.

The lineup features private school girls’ champion Starkville Academy taking on Baldwyn at 3:30 p.m., Class 3A boys runner-up Booneville against Nettleton at 12:30 p.m., and Class 2A runner-up girls New Site faces Lee Huntsville at 5.

4A runner-up Corinth closing the night against Tupelo at 8 p.m.

Defending 1A champ Biggersville was originally scheduled to play Shannon, but McKay said Biggersville administration made a call to cancel due to potential incoming ice.

“We pride ourselves on putting on a great one-day event and also recognizing Coach Doc Vandiver,” McKay said. “Coach Vandiver was a two-time state champion here and a state runner-up. He had a major impact on our school and our basketball program.”

Tough test

Baldwyn’s late test is a tough one. Lee recently beat Arkansas’ No. 3 preseason team Hall, Ark. 70-56 at Rumble on the Ridge. Lee then lost by five to North Little Rock, Arkansas’ top team, a group nearing the national rankings.

Lee features several potential DI prospects, led by 6-foot-1 guard Khwan Fore, a Richmond signee.

A Baldwyn win could put the Bearcats on the national radar.

“Certainly this could be a game that could definitely make us better. It just depends on how we handle it,” McKay said. “We thought this would be a great opportunity for our kids. We have nothing to lose.”

brandon.speck@journalinc.com