By I.C. Murrell | PA News
Nederland’s annual Bulldog Classic basketball tournament is reaching into Beaumont. After many years of hosting its own late-fall basketball classic, the Young Men’s Business League of Beaumont has teamed with Nederland’s basketball staff for the 48th annual Bulldog Classic, which tips off Thursday with two games at Lamar University’s Montagne Center. “Many years ago, I played in both of them,” said Macon, a 1981 Nederland graduate who will chair the Young Men’s Business League starting in January 2019. “They both were successful tournaments over the years.”
The Classic is already a big-name basketball event in Southeast Texas, given the blue-chip talent that has participated over the years. The Dog
Dome at Nederland High will host the majority of the games, with three of them Thursday, three on Friday and bracket play Saturday. Teams that
make the bronze bracket of the Classic will compete in Nederland’s competition gymnasium on Saturday.
For coach Brian English, whose Bulldogs (3-2) will play in one of four three-team pools with Alvin and Houston Sharpstown, the Classic isn’t about
scheduling games Nederland can just breeze through, adding he doesn’t know much about the teams he’s facing. “We’re going into this blind,” English said. “That’s what you want in a tournament. You play games to help you play better down the stretch.” Nederland is coming off a 63-62 win at Crosby on Tuesday behind Hayden Hefner’s 22 points and J.B. Rahe’s and Joseph Gipson’s 11 each. The Bulldogs will face Alvin in Thursday’s nightcap on their home court. Macon adopted the Classic as his project with the YMBL and is hopeful the event will grow with more teams.
“They [YMBL] know I knew Brian [English] real well,” Macon said. “They allowed us to support his tournament. We tried to get it to where we can
play at both arenas. It’s an exciting new venue. Also, it gives us a look at some very talented players.”
Pool A — Nederland, Alvin, Sharpstown
Pool B — Ocean Springs (Miss.) Grace Baptist Academy, Cleveland, Little Cypress-Mauriceville
Pool C — Kelly, West Brook, Port Neches-Groves
Pool D — Bridge City, Lufkin, Vidor
West Brook vs. Kelly, at Montagne Center, 10 a.m.
Bridge City vs. Vidor, at Montagne Center, 11:30 a.m.
LCM vs. Grace Baptist, at Dog Dome, 2:30 p.m.
PNG vs. West Brook, at Dog Dome, 4 p.m.
Alvin at Nederland, 5:30 p.m.
PNG vs. Kelly, at Montagne Center, 10 a.m.
LCM vs. Cleveland, at Montagne Center, 11:30 a.m.
Alvin vs. Sharpstown, at Dog Dome, 1 p.m.
Lufkin vs. Vidor, at Dog Dome, 2:30 p.m.
Grace Baptist vs. Cleveland, 4 p.m.
Nederland vs. Sharpstown, at Montagne Center, 5 p.m.
Lufkin vs. Bridge City, at Montagne Center, 6:30 p.m.
Pool C second vs. Pool D second, at Dog Dome, 9 a.m.
Pool C third vs. Pool D third, at NHS comp gym, 10:15 a.m.
Pool A second vs. Pool B second, at Dog Dome, 10:30 a.m.
Pool A third vs. Pool B third, at NHS comp gym, 11:30 a.m.
Pool C first vs. Pool D first, at Dog Dome, noon
Pool A first vs. Pool B first, at Dog Dome, 1:30 p.m.
Silver bracket third place, at Dog Dome, 3 p.m.
Bronze bracket third place, at NHS comp gym, 3:30 p.m.
Silver bracket championship, at Dog Dome, 4:30 p.m.
Bronze bracket championship, at NHS comp gym, 4:45 p.m.
Gold bracket third place, at Dog Dome, 6 p.m.
Gold bracket championship, at Dog Dome, 7:30 p.m.