Northside boys basketball coach Eric Burnett is hoping todayâ€™s Coca-Cola Classic opener against Subiaco Academy is an eye-opener. Subiaco is hoping for some consistency.
Northside against Subiaco headlines todayâ€™s opening day of the Coca-Cola Classic, which includes a late-evening matchup between Southside and Texarkana (Texas).
â€œWhen you look at the record of the teams weâ€™ve played, Heritage, Van Buren, Russellville, Clarksville, Pottsville, and now Northside, itâ€™s been tough,â€ Subiaco coach Tim Tencleve said. â€œItâ€™s been a tough road, but weâ€™ve been in every one of them.â€
Tencleve is looking for consistency from Cash Kruger (6-foot-5), Chris Reed (6-2) and Kelly Hollis (6-0).
â€œWeâ€™ve been really inconsistent offensively,â€ Tencleve said. â€œChris Reed had zero points and zero rebounds in the first half against Pottsville, and then scored 20 points, had six rebounds and five assists in the second half. We just need more consistency.â€
Northside (5-3) has lost its last two games, including a four-point loss Saturday to Jonesboro.
â€œThe last couple of games, we havenâ€™t played too good,â€ Burnett said.
Burnett, who played in the Coke Classic during his Northside playing days in the 1980s, likes the tournament for various reasons.
â€œItâ€™s a community event,â€ he said. â€œEverybody can come out and watch Northside and Southside play. It gives people an opportunity to come out and visit and watch some good basketball.â€
â€œFor us, the big thing is our kids go home for Christmas break and they come back for these three days of playing and practicing together,â€ he said. â€œIt makes coming back not so bad.â€