Classic basketball games upcoming

       Kyvon Davenport goes for the dunk during the men’s basketball game on Nov. 8 at the Floyd campus gym. He contributed 37 points and 8 rebounds as the Chargers defeated Gadsden State 84-72.  Photo by Jaida Lovelace

           Kyvon Davenport goes for the dunk during the men’s basketball game on Nov. 8 at the Floyd campus gym. He contributed 37 points and 8 rebounds as the Chargers defeated Gadsden State 84-72.
Photo by Jaida Lovelace

The GHC Chargers basketball season is underway. There are several upcoming opportunities to watch both the men’s team and women’s team play in basketball classics.

A basketball classic is when several teams play against each other, over a couple of days, to showcase talent. According to Brandan Harrell, women’s head basketball coach, “A classic is not a traditional tournament because the games are prescheduled.”

The men’s basketball team will play in the Dana Davis Classic on Friday, Nov. 18, and Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Floyd campus gym.

GHC will play at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 18 against Faith Baptist Christian Academy and at 3 p.m. on Nov. 19 against Middle Georgia State University.

The Dana Davis Classic is named in honor of a former GHC employee who lost her battle with cancer in April 2016.

According to Phil Gaffney, men’s head basketball coach, Davis was a “wonderful person and a big supporter of athletics at GHC.”

Gaffney worries that his team may not be ready for the upcoming classic games.

There have been multiple injuries on the team recently. He said that the team is “definitely not healthy but hopefully ready.”

The GHC Thanksgiving Classic is coming up for the women’s team. The GHC Thanksgiving Classic will occur on Friday, Nov. 25, and Saturday, Nov. 26, at the Floyd campus gym.

The Lady Chargers will play at 8 p.m. against Gulf Coast State College on Nov. 25 and 4 p.m. against Northwest Florida State College on Nov. 26.

Harrell believes that the Georgia Highlands Thanksgiving Classic could be measuring the success of the upcoming season.

The 22nd ranked Lady Chargers are playing Northwest Florida State. Florida State is currently ranked 12th by the NJCAA.

Harrell said that “these games are scheduled to play the best teams we can. It gives us an idea of where we are and gets us ready for a tough conference schedule.”