The Bank of Locust Grove Invitational Tournament is Jan. 7 through 12.
The Adair Warriors take on undefeated Ketchum at the tournament Jan. 7, at 5:50 p.m.
Adair enters the tournament 8-2, coming off a five-point loss to Kansas.
Ketchum squashed Colcord in its last outing, 86-22.
Sizeable victory-margins have accumulated for the (Ketchum) Warriors midway through the season.
On average, the team has beaten opponents by 47.4 points per game.
Adair has won four of its last five games with a season win-average of 12.1 ppg.
“They’re pretty good, and they’ve gotten better with a couple of move-ins, Adair Head Coach Travis Cannady said. “They have probably one of the best athletes around in Jalen Sharp. Aside from mismatch problems he poses, I think we match up well.”
Cannady said Adair is familiar with Ketchum’s basketball program.
Though both teams have solid records thus far, Adair holds a 13-1 record against Ketchum all-time.
Mutual opponent numbers against Chelsea might provide insight into what to expect the first week of the New Year.
Ketchum beat Chelsea by 10 in the Warriors toughest game this season.
The Adair Warriors have knocked off Chelsea twice this season, once by 17 and once by 16.
“They run well and we have to be able to get back in transition,” Cannady said. “As long as we can keep them in a half court offense, I believe we have a good chance.”
Cannady said the Christmas break provided his team a much-needed break for a distinct reason.
“Some of our kids just finished football before seeing time in a quick 10 games,” said Cannady. “This has been a good time for them to rest and really get their legs back under them.”
The Adair/Ketchum winner faces the Keys/Grove winner at 5:50 p.m., Jan 10.
The Adair Lady Warriors take on the Chouteau Ladycats to kick off the Locust Grove Invitational Tournament Jan. 7, at 4:30 p.m.
Adair returns from Christmas break a perfect 10-0, while Chouteau carries a 1-9 record into the midseason matchup.
A previous meeting in the season yielded Chouteau’s worst loss of the season (53 points).
The Lady Warriors are besting opponents by a 30-point average, and the Ladycats are losing by an average of 28.5 points per game.
Still, Chouteau Head Coach Denisha Posey is optimistic about the remainder of the season, including the Adair matchup.
“We’ve been working hard over the break and have focused on defense a lot.” Posey said. “With Adair, you have to play good all-around defense and locate every player because they have so many scorers. We have some inexperience to overcome and a solid defense leads to a successful offense.
Adair, however, has a history of success against Chouteau, boasting 12-0 record all-time against the inter-county rival.
Adair’s appearance in the 2013 LG Invitational is its first.
“When a school invites you over to play in a tournament, you always want to do well,” Head Coach Scott Winfield said. “It’s a chance to make a statement.”
Both Posey and Winfield believe the recent time off from competition will help their team.
Chouteau played 10 games in three weeks. 1 week included four games.
Winfield said Adair usually plays better coming off a break.
“It allows us to get our legs back and we tend to have better focus,” said Winfield.
The winner faces the Keys/Locust Grove winner Jan. 10, at 7:20 p.m., in the semifinals.