Central, ND boys basketball teams to debut in Showcase

Friday, November 27, 2009

Saturday's event at the Show Me Center will feature four games

High school boys basketball fans who need an early fix for hoops will get their chance Saturday at the Show Me Center.

Central and Notre Dame will be in action as well as the reigning Class AAA state champions from Tennessee.

The Pepsi Showcase gets underway at 2:30 p.m. with a pair of Kentucky schools -- Ballard Memorial vs. Fulton City.

The Central Tigers then will get their first taste of the hardwood when they play Nettleton, Ark., at 4:15 p.m. Central made a run to the Class 5 District 1 title game before falling to Poplar Bluff last season.

Memphis White Station, the defending Class AAA state champs from Tennessee, face Vianney out of St. Louis at 6 p.m. White Station features point guard Joe Jackson, a 5-foot-11 University of Memphis signee. Scout.com ranked Jackson as the No. 4 point guard in the nation, while The Sporting News ranked him as the No. 10 player in the country.

It will be Vianney's first game of the season.

The final game of the day pits Notre Dame against Lafayette of St. Louis. The Bulldogs lost to Sikeston in the Class 4 District 1 title game last season, while Lafayette lost in the sectional round last season. The final game starts at 7:45 p.m.

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