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Upward Classic a proving ground for area teams

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One of the Southeast’s largest high school holiday basketball tournaments is set to begin today.

Dorman will host the 5th Annual Upward Classic, with the boys tournament tipping off at 10 a.m. at its arena and the girls at 2:30 p.m. at the freshman campus. The three-day tournament will include three local boys teams in Dorman, Gaffney and Spartanburg, and two girls teams in Dorman and Spartanburg.

The boys tournament has expanded to 16 teams divided into two eight-team brackets. The Cavaliers and Vikings will be in Bracket I, while the Indians will be in Bracket II. Spartanburg will face Peachtree Ridge (Ga.) at 4 p.m., Gaffney will take on Effingham County (Ga.) at 5:30 p.m. and Dorman will battle Daniel at 8:30 p.m.

Spartanburg’s girls will face North Cobb (Ga.) at 5:30 p.m., followed by Dorman against Elizabethton (N.C.) at 7 p.m.

“We are excited about the 5th Annual Upward Classic at Dorman High School, where we feel like we have some of the best boys and girls basketball teams in the Southeast ready to tip off,” Dorman boys coach Thomas Ryan said.

Dorman (7-3, 3-0 Region II-4A) is the defending region champion and is attempting to reach a third straight upper state title game. Ryan said the Upward Classic is a great tool for seeing how his team stacks up with some of the top competition in the Southeast.

“I really feel like this is a measuring stick for our team and where we stand as we move through region play,” he said. “We will know areas needing improvement since we will be playing high-level playoff teams for three days.”

The second day of boys action begins at 10 a.m. Friday and the girls tip off at 2:30 p.m. The loser of Spartanburg and Peachtree Ridge will take on the loser of Jupiter (Fla.) and Eagles Landing (Ga.) in the first boys game. The loser of Spartanburg and North Cobb will face the loser of Mauldin and Millbrook (N.C.) for the girls.

The Bracket I boys championship will be at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, preceded by the Bracket II title at 7 p.m., in the arena. The girls championship will be played at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the arena.


Thursday's games
Boys (at Dorman Arena)
Bracket I

Eagles Landing (Ga.) vs. Jupiter (Fla.), 11:30 a.m.
Rock Hill vs. North Cobb (Ga.), 1 p.m.
Spartanburg vs. Peachtree Ridge (Ga.), 4 p.m.
Dorman vs. Daniel, 8:30 p.m.
Bracket II
Buford (Ga.) vs. Millbrook (N.C.), 10 a.m.
Newberry vs. Alpharetta (Ga.), 2:30 p.m.
Gaffney vs. Effingham Co. (Ga.), 5:30 p.m.
Hillcrest vs. Eastside, 7 p.m.
Girls (at Dorman Freshman Campus)
Bradley Central (Tenn.) vs. Fayette Co. (Ga.), 2:30 p.m.
Mauldin vs. Millbrook (N.C.), 4 p.m.
Spartanburg vs. North Cobb (Ga.), 5:30 p.m.
Dorman vs. Elizabethton (N.C.), 7 p.m.
Cost: $8 all day ($5 students); $20 three-day pass.




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