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SCCA hosts inaugural tournament

Carter Christian Academy player Nathan Wade falls on Sugar Creek Christian Academy player Seth Nichols during a four-team basketball tournament. THE TRIBUNE/JESSICA ST JAMES

Carter Christian Academy player Nathan Wade falls on Sugar Creek Christian Academy player Seth Nichols during a four-team basketball tournament.
THE TRIBUNE/JESSICA ST JAMES

 

When Sugar Creek Missionary Baptist Church pastor Mike Long was finding it difficult getting opponents for the Sugar Creek Christian Academy basketball teams he went back to the basics: Hosting a tournament comprised of teams from area Christian school.

SCCA, Pike County Christian, Covenant Christian (W.Va.), and Carter County Christian (Ky.) all participated in the single-elimination Sugar Creek Invitational Tournament on Saturday at SCCA.

“All these schools are similar in size,” Long said. “We have 85 students and Carter County has about a hundred. We are all relatively new schools; Pike County Christian is the oldest and it has been around about 10 years.”

SCCA has been a school for nine years and this is the fifth year for its basketball program. If Long has his way, this tournament will be a yearly occurrence.

“I’d like to see (the tournament) happen every year from here on out and rotate host schools,” Long said. “Playing other Christian schools usually requires a lot of travel and it’s good to see these schools get together and play.”