Another father-son matchup involving Glenn Hills, and the appearance of two top-ranked South Carolina teams highlight the eighth annual Thanksgiving Basketball Classic at Richmond Academy this weekend.
The tournament is a fund-raiser, presented by the 100 Black Men of Augusta, and will be held Friday and Saturday.
Glenn Hills athletic director James Quarles is temporarily filling in this season for head coach Richard Wallace, who is out due to personal reasons. Quarles' son, Jamie, is the starting point guard for Richmond Academy, whoface the Spartansat 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Glenn Hills-Silver Bluff contest in last year's Thanksgiving Classic represented a showdown between Wallace and his son, Brandon, a 6-foot-8 forward for the Bulldogs who has committed to play for South Carolina next year. Silver Bluff is not playing in this year's tournament.
"It's a unique matchup anytime you pit a father against his son," said tournament director De Pierce. "Is he going to play him hard, or are they going to lay off him?"
Quarles, a senior, must step in at point guard for Darrin Shine, last year's Augusta Chronicle Georgia Player of the Year. Shine is now starting for Bridgeton (Maine) Academy.
"I don't know if you can replace a Darrin Shine, but hopefully you can get a guard to come in and do as well as he can," Pierce said.
Quarles follows a list of other star Musketeer point guards who succeeded at the college level such as Gerald White (Auburn); Chuck Graham (Florida State); Ty Shine (Seton Hall) and Pierce (South Carolina State).
North Augusta, ranked No. 1 in South Carolina's Class AAAA, returns to the Classic this year, and will be joined by top-ranked Allendale-Fairfax, the defending South Carolina Class AA state champions. This will be Allendale's first appearance in the tournament.
"Allendale brought the whole town to Columbia for (the state championship) last year. They expect to do the same this year," Pierce said.
Evans makes its debut in the tournament, which will be the first Columbia County team ever to play in the event. The Knights play Richmond Academy at 2 p.m. Friday.
Savannah High School will be the only team outside of the Augusta area playing in the tournament. Pace Academy and Northwest Christian Academy, both out of Miami, were originally scheduled to participate, but were unable to make the trip due to a rule that prohibits Florida teams from playing early-season games out of state.
Before this year, the tournament annually brought in national powerhouses, including Virginia's Oak Hill Academy in 1996, and Ozen High School (Texas) last year. Pierce hopes to work out an agreement with Nike to bring teams like Oak Hill back in the future.
Laney, Cross Creek, Butler and Josey round out the 10-team lineup.
Eighth annual Thanksgiving Basketball Classic at Richmond Academy Friday
2 p.m.-Richmond Academy vs. Evans
3:30-Glenn Hills vs. Laney
5-Cross Creek vs. Savannah
6:30-Butler vs. North Augusta
8-Josey vs. Allendale-Fairfax
2 p.m.-Laney vs. Evans
3:30-Richmond Academy vs. Glenn Hills
5-Cross Creek vs. Allendale-Fairfax
6:30-Butler vs. Savannah
8-Josey vs. North Augusta
Reach Lane Kramer at (803) 648-1395, Ext. 106.