The Biloxi Indians and the Laurel Golden Tornadoes will play in that last Hoopsfest game.
The Indians have displayed a lot of promise and the Golden Tornadoes are rock solid...coming off a win over Madison Central at the Gulfport Hardwood Holiday Classic last week.
Local high school basketball teams look forward to competing inside the Mississippi Coast Coliseum...it gives them valuable experience playing in a big arena...something they will have to do once they get to the State Playoffs.
Biloxi head coach Seber Windham has guided his young Indians to 12 wins in 14 games.
Windham said, "We've only got a couple of seniors right now. They're doing a good job with Mousa Hasan and Ralph Shaw.
Hasan and Shaw combine for 23.5 points per game.
6-4 sophomore Fred Ramsey-Thompson is the Indians top gun, drilling 15 points an outing. Windham says Biloxi relies heavily on defense.
"Defensively we've got a bunch of guys who are buying into the system. We're getting stops, rebounding the basketball and we're playing together.
The Indians face the 6 and 4 Laurel Golden Tornadoes a team that has reloaded after getting a host of players from the 5A State Championship football team.
Laurel head coach Marcus Price said (307:13) "We had 12 guys on the state football championship team and we're going to try to use the momentum from the state championship and the things they learned a long the process that they'll be able to apply to basketball so when we get to post-season, we rely on a lot of those guys that have taken us to the state tournament the past few years.
Despite having a young basketball team, Biloxi coach Seber Windham says his Indians should be viable contenders for the Region 8-6A title.
"I feel like if my team keeps jelling and keep playing defense, we knock down a shot or two, we're definitely are going to be in the hunt for the district title, "stated Windham.
Tickets are $10 at the Box Office or $7 through participating high school teams. There will be a $5 parking fee.
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