The 2018 HAECO Invitational Basketball Tournament tips off TODAY/Wednesday at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center

Posted by Andy Durham on December 25, 2018 at 7:34 pm under High School | 9 Comments to Read

The 2018 HAECO Invitational Basketball Tournament gets rolling TODAY at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center…

The very first game of the day, and the tournament, will feature the #2 seeded Northwest Guilford Vikings boys(6-2) vs. the boys #7 seed, the Grimsley Whirlies(5-3)…NWG-Grimsley boys on Court 2 in the Special Events Center…Tip-off is at 2:30pm…

The second game of the day will be the #1 seeded Northwest Guilford girls(7-2) vs. #8 Ben L. Smith(0-8)…The first girls game of the day will be on Court 1 in the Special Events Center…Game time is 3pm….****The Northwest Guilford girls have won four straight HAECO Invitational Basketball Tournament Titles….****

The third game of the day, on Wednesday, will be the #3 seeded Smith boys(7-2) vs. #6 seed Ragsdale(4-3) and this game will tip-off on Court 2 in the Special Events Center…The game will get going at 4pm…

The fourth game on Opening Day of the 2018 HAECO Invitational Basketball Tournament will have the 4th seeded Dudley girls(5-3) vs. #5 seed Greensboro Day School(8-4), and this game is on Court 1 at the Special Events Center…Tip time is 4:30pm…

Your fifth game Wednesday shows us the #2 seeded Ragsdale Tigers girls(7-0) vs. the Grimsley Whirlies, the girls #7 seed, at (2-4),,,Game time on this one is 5:30pm, on Court 2, in the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center…

Game number six for Day One of the tourney has the #1 seeded Greensboro Day School boys(11-3), taking on the 8th seeded Northern Guilford Nighthawks(3-3)…Game time is 6pm on Court 1, at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center…*******The Greensboro Day School boys have won Seven(7) consecutive HAECO Invitational Basketball Tournament Championships…*******

We look ahead to game seven for Wednesday, we find the Northern Guilford Nighthawk girls(5-1) facing the Page Pirates(2-7) and Northern comes in as the #3 seed and Page checks in at #6…This ladies game tips off at 7pm, on Court 2, in the Special Events Center….Northern topped Page, 44-36, back on December 7…

Our final game of the day(Game 8), on Opening Day, has the #4 seeded Page Pirates boys(4-4) meeting the Dudley Panthers(5-3)…This game goes off on Court 1 in the Special Events Center…Game time is 7:30pm.

This game lineup gives all of the games for Wednesday and if want to hop back-and-forth between Court 1 and Court 2 at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center, this schedule/lineup will allow you to do so….

++++++++++Things are rustling up around the top seeds for the boys and girls….Greensboro Day has won the boy’s side of the tournament 7 years in a-row, and the Bengals are the odds-on favorite to claim the title again during this 2018 edition, of the long-running Greensboro Holiday Event….

The Northwest Guilford boys have the top big man in the tournament, in Dean Reiber…Reiber is a 6’9 junior and has colleges already beating his door down seeking his services…Greensboro Day has big Mike Fowler inside, but the GDS strength this year may be at guard on the wing, with guards Austin Inge and Cam Hayes, plus wing Carson McCorkle…

Northwest adds in Christian Hampton, a high-motor junior, who can help Reiber and NWG also has 6’6 Noah Allred, but Allred’s time has been limited so far this season, and he has yet to be a major factor…All of NWG’s top-scoring has been coming from Reiber and Hampton, and NWG must get at least 2-3 more guys contributing in a major way, if they want to upend Greensboro Day…

Ben L. Smith has a nice group of athletes who can play with just about everybody around, and with the Golden Eagles’ highly-touted Silas Mason, Jordan Williams, and newcomers Nic McMullen and Khalid Hinds, with those four Smith can play all night long, but they need the fifth kid to kick it in, and Smith will need some kind of depth factor if they hope to top NWG and GDS….

Northwest Guilford defeated Smith, 55-51 back on November 29, at Northwest Guilford and Smith could use some big nights from Mason, where he really takes the games over…Reiber will draw a crowd, defensively, and as far as fan followers go and with GDS, the fans who haven’t seen him before, are just waiting to see what this kid McCorkle does…

Other boys teams may have a shot, but it is going to be tough crack that “Top-Three Circle”, of GDS, NWG and Smith….++++++++++

**********On the girl’s side of the tourney, the lean is toward the top two teams, in Northwest Guilford and Ragsdale…The NWG girls are (7-2) having lost two games to out-of-state teams and Ragsdale sits at (7-0) and appears to be the team coming after NWG….

NWG began the season without Cayla King, Shanae Riddles and Liz Kitley and now the Vikings have King and Riddles returned and back in the lineup and that has made a difference…The glue for NWG, while King and Riddles were down with injury, was Thalia Carter and Carter remains a glue-stick type force at PG, for NWG…King can do it all and she may have to, while Liz Kitley continues to have to watch from the sidelines, and Reagan Kargo can still kill the three-point shot and her ball-handling skills and overall court experience are a sure plus for NWG…

Say you got Carter, King, Kargo and then those 4th and 5th spots can get a little fuzzy…Megan Harkey has been doing a fine job filling in, in the middle for Kitley, but the hard part is doing it over a three-day period/stretch in tournament-style basketball…Riddles has shown she can score and she will need to that and more, if NWG wants to defend those 4 straight titles…I like the work I see from young Jayden Murray in the middle and post for NWG and that is another plus…Greene, Parker and Pegram must also pick up the pace…

Ragsdale is for sure (7-0), but the Tigers in girl’s uniforms are still a bit of a mystery….They have Myria Frazier back, they picked up Faith Price from Southwest Guilford and we are hearing that Diamond Monroe has come over from Dudley, to Ragsdale….Ragsdale demolished Southwest Guilford, 62-8, back on Friday night and it won’t take long for the Tigers to start flexing their muscles in this year’s HAECO Tournament…Frazier and Monroe were forces on some of those old Eastern Guilford Middle School teams together, and we saw Price all the way back in her early days at Wesleyan Christian Academy, teaming up in the backcourt with Shaniya Jones…

Three players can’t beat you, but if they can get used to playing with each other again, they can hurt you and let’s see how far this Ragsdale team can go….We may not see the 62-8 kind of scores, but over the first two days, I’m sure we are going to see the Tigers off and running…Could see #2 Ragsdale vs. #3 Northern Guilford, on Day Two, in the semifinals and it would be interesting to see what kind/type of defense NG Coach Kim Furlough would throw at Ragsdale….Can’t wait to see how some of this strategy plays out this week at the HAECO Invitational Basketball Tournament…

You could see the running-clock in a couple of the girls games on Day One, with the 40-point leads not out of the realm-of-possibility, and it just depends on how the coaches want to play the players…Do you keep the heat on and leave the gas pedal at the floorboard, or do you bring in subs and just let your bench get playing time and avoid the early ending to these ball games???

We shall see and that is the fun, with Day One, almost like Christmas Morning for the die-hard high school basketball fans…Looking forward to another great tournament being orchestrated, by the Greensboro Sports Council…

These are some of our opening statements as we approach Day One of this year’s tournament….We will have all FOUR GAMES for you being broadcast from Court One at the Special Events Center, on GreensboroSports Radio….That’s
www.greensborosportsradio.com and we will crank up at 2:45pm, on Wednesday, on GreensboroSports Radio……**********


  • WhirlieTom said,

    If Ragsdale should win the women’s bracket it would be an embarrassment to the tournament and Guilford County Athletics. For years we have held certain schools in the county to a standard and upheld eligibility requirements and for some reason the many questionable transfers that were highlighted in this post are being overlooked to a laughable degree. Why is Ragsdale an exception? Guilford County has all the proof they need and they are yet to pull the trigger.

  • hoops junkie said,

    Your comment is a direct reflection of your jealousy and ignorance. The jealousy speaks for itself, the ignorance needs a gentle explanation. Ragsdale’s AD is the most “by the book” AD in the county. So that program has been evaluated and inspected inside and out by both the school itself and the county. (So has Northwest due to all the same jealousy of their program.) You are a fool if you think that Ragsdale would risk losing all it’s wins this year by having an ineligible kid playing for them. Do you have the same disdain for the Dudley and Southeast Guilford programs? Both of their school’s best girl player transferred in. Bet you think that Greensboro Day’s program is clean too. They are not SUPPOSE to recruit, but just ask any parent of the best freshman or sophomore girl’s and they will tell you that GDS makes LOTS of overtures about playing there. Bradford has turned the Ragsdale program completely around because of his skill as a coach. So spare us all the idiotic sarcastic disdain about “standards” that YOU think are correct when you know nothing about the actual rules.

  • Lol said,

    I guess ita good to see other schools recruiting these days. It no way around it, Ragsdale had to recruit these girls in, who leaves Dudley to go to Ragsdale lol

  • Come on said,

    I can understand why student athletes would go to GDS as that is a school that actually prepares a student (academically) for college but for a student to transfer from one public school to another is not for academic reasons.

  • Come on said,

    In other words no one is transferring to Ragsdale for academic reasons.

  • To Hoops Junkie said,

    You talk down on people on this website and say the same thing during the game in the stands. Why are you bringing the other schools in this? Bradford told you to stop getting on here. You was there for the full investigation?

  • Baffled said,

    Why are you focused on Ragsdale girls? Kids are transferring in and out of different high schools for different reasons. Please name a high school that doesn’t have kids transferring in/out. Lastly, do you know the definition of recruiting – it requires an invitation from the school or coach. And no disrespect to Dudley but that school isn’t for everyone.

  • Good Point said,

    You have a good point Baffled. Kids are transferring in/out all the time. Ragsdale is not only a good school but it is conveniently located next to GTCC with special programs that gives an extra advantage over other area public schools. I did some digging and the majority of the Ragsdale team attend GTCC in dual enrollment or the middle college. These kids are actually taking college classes that will actually transfer to the next level. Good job GTCC for recruiting these high school students into your unique program. Hopefully these kids won’t get distracted by all of this foolish immature adult noise. After doing my own research, I say kudos to all parents who take it upon themselves to legally do what’s best for their own.

  • Andy Durham said,

    Well, time for us all to take a break and sleep on it…

    Big semifinal games now today, with NWG-GDS and Page-Rasdale girls and then GDS-Page boys, and followed NWG-Smith boys in the semifinals…..