Christmas Tournament: Charleston earns top seed in upcoming event

Then-Charleston junior Brian Visor (30) dives for the ball as Jackson's Dalton Tollison (22) tries to secure the rebound during a semifinal matchup at the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament last season at the Show Me Center.
Tyler Graef ~ Southeast Missourian

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles leading up to the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament on Dec. 26.

The 75th annual Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament will get underway Dec. 26 at the Show Me Center and consist of 34 games being played over the course of four days (no games will be played Dec. 29).

Each day leading up to Dec. 26 in the Southeast Missourian print edition, we will look at one of the opening day match-ups.

Match-up: No. 1-seed Charleston (5-1) vs. No. 16 seed Scott County Central (0-4)

Game time: Dec. 26 at 9 a.m.

Braves coach Timothy Carlisle on his team: “We lost three seniors right before the season started, one for behavioral, one for medical, and one moved away.

We lost to Advance by 40 and Chaffee by 19, it was not a good start. I am going to move some (junior varsity) players up for the (Christmas Tournament), one good guard and a sophomore, who is 6-4.

Offensively, we move the ball around when we’re not trying to play 1-on-5. Defensively, we play a basic 2-3 zone. That is what we’re doing now. If we go too in-depth with them, they’ll lose it.

We are young. We have no starters from last year.

Blue Jays coach Danny Farmer on his team: I have my three leading scorers coming back (and) five of my top six players from last year.

I have about seven seniors. We’ve been playing pretty well.

We’ve been playing defense well, scoring well, we’ve been playing pretty well.

Something to know: Charleston bounced back from its first loss (a 52-51 defeat to Sikeston in the SEMO Conference Tournament at Sikeston) with an 81-63 thumping of a 4-2 Kennett squad.

Last year in the Christmas Tournament: Charleston finished 3-1 with wins over Leopold (86-56), Oak Ridge 67-52), and Notre Dame (68-58) and a loss to Jackson (49-44) to take third place.

Scott County Central finished 3-1 with an opening loss to Oak Ridge (80-50), followed by wins over Leopold (79-62), Kelly (67-64), and Scott City (69-67) to win the consolation final.

Tickets: $5 per session

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