The Third Annual Peoples Bank Holiday Clash will be held Dec. 29 and 30 at Lincolnton High School.
Teams competing will remain the same as Lincolnton, North Gaston, North Lincoln and West Lincoln will all take part.
Thursday at 3:30 p.m., North Gastonâ€™s women will take on West Lincoln. At 5 p.m., North Gastonâ€™s men will face West Lincoln in first-round action.
At 6:30 p.m., North Lincolnâ€™s women will play Lincolnton, followed by North Lincolnâ€™s men facing Lincolnton at 8 p.m., which will be the last game of the first day .
Friday, at 3:30 p.m., the womenâ€™s third-place game will take place followed by the menâ€™s third-place game at 5 p.m.
The womenâ€™s championship is slated for 6:30 p.m. with the menâ€™s championship right afterward at 8 p.m.
An all-tournament team will be selected by the coaches for both the young men and women.
Tournament coordinator Louis Fletcher is once again looking forward to the exciting two days of basketball.
â€œWeâ€™ve had a good turnout the last two years, but with it being in Lincolnton, where typically has good fan support has been very good, we expect it to be even better on Thursday and Friday night,â€ he said.
Fletcher expects a very competitive atmosphere even though host school Lincolntonâ€™s menâ€™s team would have played just three games by next Thursday.
â€œWe recognize Lincolnton has had a much longer football season, but we expect good games every day considering the experience level of the most of the teams,â€ he said.
Only North Carolina High School Athletic Association passes and media passes will be honored. No Lincoln County passes will gain entry. Admission is $5 with a no re-entry policy.
All spectators are encouraged to park in the student parking lot, then follow the sidewalk up to the main entrance before walking down to the gym to avoid construction.
by John Mark Brooks