Big time events kick off basketball season

Riverbend Classic brings top
talent to SEMO
Since 1994 basketball fans in Southeast Missouri have
been able to open their basketball season with a full slate of top basketball
action. This Friday and Saturday
at New Madrid County Central High School
another solid lineup of teams will be in action.
Friday, November 27
NMCC vs. West Memphis, Ark., 2 p.m.
Poplar Bluff vs. Pine Bluff, Ark., 3:30 p.m.
Scott County Central vs. Dallas (Texas) Lincoln, 5 p.m.
Charleston vs. Memphis (Tenn.) Central, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 28
Charleston vs. Pine Bluff, 2 p.m.
Poplar Bluff vs. Memphis Central, 3:30 p.m.
NMCC vs. Dallas Lincoln, 5 p.m.
Scott County Central vs. West Memphis, 6:30
Pepsi Shootout Shines
Once again top basketall talent from throughout the
Midwest will gather at the Show-Me Center on the campus of the Southeast
Missouri University in Cape Girardeau, Saturday for a full day of basketball
action. This years schedule includes
2:30 PM
Ballard Memorial HS
Fulton City HS
4:15 PM
Cape Central HS
Nettleton HS
6:00 PM
White Station HS
Vianney HS
7:45 PM
Notre Dame HS
Lafayette HS
Top players include White Station (Memphis) senior guard
Joe Jackson(5-11 160), a lightning quick point guard ranked among the top 20
guards in the nation by and other top recruiting services.
Jackson has given an oral commitment to stay at home and attend the University
of Memphis. Memphis head coach Josh Pastner commented about his talented
recruit, ""Joe is a tough, hard-nosed player who is an absolute winner. He calls
himself Joe `Hard-Working' Jackson, and it's the truth. He's rolls up his
sleeves and puts the work hat and work boots on and goes to work every day and
night. Joe is one of the quickest guards in the country. He possesses great
speed and great quickness. Every time he plays, he leaves every ounce of energy
on the floor. I like to use the phrase "make multiple plays per possession" to
describe some players, and Joe is one of those. He's as tough of a competitor as
they come at this level."