Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

December 24, 2013

T.J. Samson Classic begins Thursday at Metcalfe County

Staff report
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — David Clemmons, the head boys’ basketball coach at Metcalfe County High School, may be a little difficult to reach this week. In addition to working with his young team in practice every day, trying to rebuild the Hornet program, Clemmons is also preparing to host the 2013 T.J. Samson Community Hospital Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament Thursday through Saturday.

“I have been very busy,” said Clemmons Tuesday morning as he took care of final preparations for the tournament. “There’s a lot to do to get everything ready.”

The tournament will be played at Metcalfe County High School and Metcalfe County Middle School.

The Adair County Indians, currently 4-3 on the season, will open the tournament Thursday evening against Hart County. The Raiders have won only once in five outings this year.

Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. at the high school.

Clemmons and his Hornets will play in the nightcap. Metcalfe County, currently 1-7 on the year, will take on Whitley County at 8 p.m. The Colonels, from the 13th Region, come into the game with a 6-4 ledger.

“I inherited this field when I got the job, but this is a very good field,” Clemmons said. “Adair County always finds a way to win games, and Hart County is a young, but a talented team. And Whitley County, I don’t actually know that much about them.”

Clemmons said he likes what he sees from his team despite the Hornets’ record. The coach said his squad has to just keep moving forward.

“I think there were a lot of positives we can take out of the Twin Lakes Holiday Classic (at Clinton County High School) we played in last week,” Clemmons said.

“But right now, I am really not worried about who we’re playing this week. I am worried about us and how we’re going to get better.”

At the middle school, the Bowling Green Purples will open play Thursday night against North Hardin at 6 p.m.

The Purples come into the game with a 6-2 record, while North Hardin, from the 5th Region, brings a 1-7 mark into the contest.

The final game of the first round will be the Barren County Trojans, currently 7-1 on the year and riding a four-game winning streak, taking on Garrard County. The Lions are 3-5 on the year. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.

The semifinals of the T.J. Samson Community Hospital Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament will be Friday with the final round being played on Saturday.

The championship game is slated for Saturday at 8 p.m. at Metcalfe County High School.