Top talent ready for Biggersville tourney

By Brandon Speck

Daily Journal

Under that thick, wooly beard of Biggersville coach Cliff Little is a big basketball fan, too.

Saturday is like his own little playground, hosting the Biggersville Christmas Classic.

“I’m looking forward to it, because I haven’t gotten to see some of these teams I’ve been wanting to check out,” Little said.

There are seven games, two state champions and a pair of state runners-up on the schedule.

There is even a football commit in the nightcap. Louisiana-Monroe wide receiver commit Marcus Green and North Pontotoc take on Biggersville, the defending Class 1A champs.

Class 2A champ Baldwyn plays Coldwater at 3 p.m. The Bearcats are 4-1, two games removed from a 25-point loss against Alabama 6A power Lee, Huntsville. Coldwater won 1A North last season.

“This is definitely a strong stretch for us,” Baldwyn coach Jason McKay said. “We’ll definitely be ready for Santa Clause when he gets here, to take a few days off.”

Corinth was the 4A runner-up in March and is off to a 7-1 start. The Warriors will face unbeatean 5A Horn Lake at 6. Ripley is 6-0 and faces 5A DeSoto Central at noon.

New Albany (6-1) takes on Southaven and three-star shooting guard Terrance Davis at 4:30.

Biggersville has been on a two-week layoff after an out-of-its-control decision concerning ice prevented the Lions from playing in the Baldwyn Doc Vandiver.

Still missing Marquis Watson after surgery to repair a torn ACL, Biggersville (6-1) is also missing starter Emmanuel Simmons, shelved for a couple of weeks, his arm in a sling after a fall tore ligaments in his wrist.

“Green’s one of the best ones, not only in North Mississippi, but in the state,” Little said. “It’s going to be challenge for us.”

brandon.speck@journalinc.com