New basketball tradition begins

Players out on the court were given t-shirts made that said, "SOWEGA Alumni Basketball Classic" / Jon Benson

Over the last few years there has been a basketball tournament here in Albany that hosts the alum from schools like Westover, Albany, Dougherty, and Monroe. That tournament happens back in March inviting only the alum from 1990 through 2000. Over the weekend started a new tradition where graduates from 2000 through 2014 compete against one another once again. The person behind the tournament is Albany State University basketball coach Chris Cameron, who understands the rich basketball history here in Albany.

Cameron said, "The idea came to us from a former basketball tournament called the legends game, and this year we wanted to have some of the younger alums to play against one another again."

The tournament is called SOWEGA Young Alumni Basketball Classic and it is hosted in HPER Gym at Albany State University. It is a single elimination tournament in a win or go home style of play. Schools from outside of Dougherty County competed as well.

Cameron said, "We wanted to get these guys a chance to relive those old rivalries, so we invited both Randolph-Clay and Terrell County as well."

This was the first year for the SOWEGA young Alumni Basketball Classic, but the tournament has big plans for the future by adding more schools.