After being seen as the favorite for most of the season, Oxford’s boys were voted unanimously to the top spot, holding a 15-5 record, 1-0 against county teams.
“It’s an accomplishment that you can be proud of for what you have done the first part of the season.” Yellow Jackets coach Joel Van Meter said. “Obviously our kids should be proud of it because they’ve played well to this point, but once it starts the seeding doesn’t really matter.”
Following Oxford, teams stack up pretty, evenly with White Plains (14-3, 8-1) holding on to the second seed and Anniston (8-10, 2-0), Sacred Heart (14-4, 6-0) and Saks (10-4, 3-2) rounding out the top five. Weaver, Alexandria, Jacksonville, Piedmont and Pleasant Valley finish the top 10.
On the girls’ side, Anniston, which has won the past two tournaments, was picked to make it a three-peat, receiving 14 of the 15 first-place votes.
“It’s always a privilege when your colleagues pick you as being No. 1, but I try to not get too hyped up on it because a tournament is really just bragging rights,” Bulldogs coach Eddie Bullock said. “No disrespect to it, but what really matters is the end of the season.”
Anniston has already seen much success this season as it holds a 19-2 record.
The only other team to get a top-seed vote, however, was Jacksonville. At 12-4 on the season, the Golden Eagles will be the No. 2 seed in the tournament with Piedmont (13-5) being placed at No. 3.
“I think for every school and every kid in every school this county tournament is huge,” Van Meter said about the tournament. “I hope nothing ever changes with it because I think it’s something that brings our county together, it’s something that people look forward to and it’s something our kids look forward to on the basketball floor.”
The tournament starts on Saturday and will take place at Jacksonville State.
“This is a great tournament,” Van Meter added. “It’s held in a great facility. Every team is good and every team has a chance to win it. Once the seeding process is done you have to step on the floor and win games.”
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