by: Scott McCaulley
While the Forsyth Boys Basketball Tournament will be a repeat of last year’s schools with the host Panthers playing Strafford, in reality it is two new teams.
While there are several players back from last year’s Strafford team, they have a new coach as does Forsyth, who lost several seniors off of last year’s 20 win team that won the tournament.
Yet after Friday’s semi-finals, they are back in the final game of the final night. Strafford, the tournament’s top seed, has played like it after cruising to a win in the opening round over School of the Ozarks, they handled the Reeds Spring Wolves in the semi-finals 73-37 jumping out to a 12-0 lead and never looking back.
For Forsyth, they are the real surprise after being seeded seventh in the tournament, they have defeated second seeded Blue Eye and third seeded Berryville to win their way to the Championship. The Panthers win Friday night was by a 71-53 score.
Saturday’s championship game will tip-off around 7:00 with delayed coverage of the finals to be heard on 106.3 KRZK at 8:00. Also from the Forsyth Tournament Saturday, KRZK will have live coverage of the consolation final at 4:00 between Blue Eye and Hollister. The other games of the day will be the seventh place match-up between Monett and School of the Ozarks at 2:30 and the third place game at 5:30 between Reeds Spring and Berryville.
Saturday is also the final night of the Blue Eye Girls Tournament with the host and Number Two Seed Lady Bulldogs taking on top seeded Berryville. Game will tip-off at 7:00 and can be heard live on perryphillipssports.com. Also at Blue Eye Saturday, the Consolation Final will feature Hollister and Spokane at 4:00 with Forsyth and Reeds Spring playing for third at 5:30.
The Omaha Boarder Tournament will also close out Saturday as will play at the Branson Battle at the Boarder Classic and the Willard Tri-State Classic where Harrison is participating.