And we’re off! Major local holiday tournaments begin today, with Glory Days at Lake Braddock. The rest of the games begin on Thursday.
#12 Lake Braddock is crushing opponents right now, having won its last five games by an average margin of over 31 points. That’s come against some solid teams, too (Hayfield, Yorktown, Annandale, Madison, Oakton). Can anyone stop them here? Probably not, but Champe can get hot and Stonewall and Ireton are capable at the other end of the bracket–if they can get past outlanders Mills Godwin and Green Run.
Probably the most loaded field is at George Long, which features three Nova Nineteen teams plus the hosts, who are certainly capable of winning their tournament. #3 Flint Hill is the favorite to take the tournament, but it won’t be easy.
If you love boys and girls basketball, nothing beats the Rebel Round Ball, which goes every day from nine in the morning until well after suppertime. On the guys side host Fairfax is the favorite, but we don’t well how well the Canadian squad can ball. Teams like Oakton and Battlefield are tough to beat when they’re on in the top half of the bracket. Herndon and Chantilly aren’t to be taken lightly, either.
Undefeated #5 Osbourn will be tough to stop down at Mount Vernon. We’re excited to get a look at some solid private schools in John Paul the Great and Christ Chapel as well. We’ve already seen what Ryan Van Kirk and Yorktown can do this year plus the host team has a wealth of potential to improve rapidly. Should be an interesting tournament.
Taco in a bag is worth the trip alone to Falls Church for Joe Cascio but there’s always some good basketball, too. Top half of the bracket is intriguing. Centreville comes in hot but faces a dangerous George Mason team. Freedom-South Riding is young but very talented–they face returning Cascio Champs Dominion. Falls Church has a win over Robinson this year and they will look to face one of the afore-mentioned teams in the title game, as will Gar-Field.