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Asset Allocation Tournament Preview

December 28, 2012
Midwest Athletic Conference (MAC)

With the excitement and madness of Christmas and New Year’s bookending this week, there is a heavy dose of basketball smack in the middle, with the first annual Asset Allocation holiday basketball tournament in Coldwater slated for tipoff on Friday.  Formally dubbed the HALLiday shootout held at this time in Celina for many years, the event is hosted by Coldwater this season and will feature three Mercer County teams – Coldwater, Celina, and St. Henry.  Rounding out the lineup is Bryan, who will exit after this year and be replaced with Marion Local.  Coldwater athletic director Eric Goodwin explains the event was orchestrated with a joint effort from himself, Celina athletic director Bruce Boley and former St. Henry athletic director Tim Boeckman.  “Usually holiday tournaments or holiday games are just not very exciting, but our goal and what gets me excited for this, are that these are the teams our communities want to see play one another,” Goodwin explained.  “Now they will get to see them all in the same location over the course of two days, and will also see each of them again later in the year in their regular season games.”

The tournament will tip off on Friday at 6:00 p.m. when Coldwater faces Bryan, followed by St. Henry taking on Celina with a scheduled start time of 7:30.  On Saturday, the consolation game will take place at 6:00 with the championship again set to begin around 7:30 p.m.  “Playing against quality competition is always a good thing,” commented St. Henry head coach Eric Rosenbeck, whose Redskins will make their tournament debut.  “It allows us to see where our flaws and deficiencies are on both offense and defense.  On top of these positives, it helps prepare us for our two biggest goals each season - competing for the M.A.C. title and making a long tournament run. This tournament will help us gauge where we are as a team and how we can better ourselves moving forward.”

Local coaches are excited for the games, which marks the first all-county type of setup since post-season county tournaments ceased in the early 1960s.  “I look at the holiday tournament much like the preseason tournaments that many colleges participate in prior to the start of their regular season,” said Coldwater head coach Mike Bruns.  “I believe it will create the ‘tournament’ atmosphere for the players, fans, and coaches, prior to our start in league play. I like the concept of playing local teams because it will allow for more local ties within our respective communities. Looking back at my high school experiences, the local competitions were what I recall and remember the most.”

Celina head coach Chris Bihn is no stranger to facing quality opponents so far this season and realizes this weekend will be par for the course.  “This is some of the best basketball in the state in Division III and IV,” he commented.  “It is also a county tournament and should be very well attended.  With the 22-game schedule coming into play this season, a holiday tournament is a great way to get those two extra games in – I think there will be more teams doing this in the future.”

By Robb Hemmelgarn

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