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Tournament showcases basketball teams

Thomson played host to basketball's Peach State Summer Showcase last week featuring teams from around the Southeast.

"This event showcases talent from around Georgia and surrounding states," said Barnard Campbell, who worked as a referee in several of the games. "It's being held in three locations, Thomson, Augusta and Aiken, and features some of the top recruitable players in the area."

Thomson was host to the 14- and 15-year-old division, with the 16-year-old division being held in Aiken, and the 17-and 18-year-old division held in Augusta. Games were held in the Thomson High School and Thomson Middle School gymnasiums.

"The event in Augusta is the one with all the top college scouts and coaches attending, because this is the last week they get a chance to see these players before their recruiting term is up," Campbell said in an interview Friday.

The tournament featured games with two 16-minute halves, with several games being played on Thursday and Friday.

"This is one of the top unsanctioned basketball tournaments," Campbell said. "A lot of the players who've participated in this event in the past have gone on to bigger and better things as far as basketball is concerned.

"A lot of the players here in Thomson are either now or will be playing high school basketball this coming season, and the players in Augusta will be playing college ball."

Of the teams that played Friday, the Lexington Wildcats defeated the Columbus Knicks 75-68, the Georgia Stars defeated the Carolina Rebels 53-43, and the Unique All-Stars defeated the Carolina Ballers 64-47.

In the final game of the event, the Charlotte Mustangs defeated the College Park RimRockers by a score of 53-49.

"This is some of the top talent in the area," Campbell said. "These guys are very, very talented players."

Winners from this event were scheduled to go on and compete in the Showcase finals in Aiken this week.

Web posted on Thursday, July 21, 2011

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