Dark Horse Tip Off Classic set for this weekend


By Adam Capps - [email protected]



Clinton player Rayquan Faison soars to the hoop during a game last season.


Clinton’s Jeremiah Pope glides in for a hoop. He and the Horses have a high-powered offense returning this season.


On Friday Nov. 27 and Saturday, Nov. 28, the Clinton Dark Horse basketball programs are hosting their annual Dark Horse Tip Off Classic. The event is a men’s and women’s basketball invitational.

Participating teams include Clinton, Westover, Carolina Forest (SC), and West Craven in the men’s side of things. For the women, Clinton, Lakewood, Whiteville, and Goldsboro will compete.

Admission for the event is $7 per day, or $12 for a two day pass.

“This is something that we are really looking forward to before we start the regular season,” said Clinton’s head men’s coach, Randy Jordan. His Dark Horses are ranked second in the 2A ranks preseason, according to NCpreps.com.

“We will have great competition, throughout the whole event. Westover, West Craven, Carolina Forest, they all have good teams and good programs. It will give us a good chance to see where we are. On the women’s side of things, it’s no secret that Lakewood and our girls’ programs are typically really good teams as well. They will have some tests too, as Whiteville and Goldsboro each have very talented teams as well,” continued Jordan.

The event gets kicked off on Friday morning at 11 a.m. when Lakewood’s women’s team takes on Goldsboro. That will be followed by Westover and Carolina Forest’s men facing off at 12:45 p.m.

The Dark Horse women’s team will start playing at 2:30 p.m., when Clinton takes on Whiteville. That game will be followed at 4:15 by the Dark Horse men’s team taking on West Craven.

Things will pick back up on Saturday at 12 p.m., with doors opening at 11 a.m. The first game features Lakewood and Whiteville’s women battling it out.

That game will be followed by the Carolina Forest and West Craven game at 1:45. Goldsboro and Clinton’s girls will play in the next game, at 3:30, and the Dark Horse men’s team and Westover will battle it out in the final game of the event at 5:15 on Saturday.

“We hope that people come out and have a good time on their day off, and then on Saturday,” continued Jordan. “We are really hoping for a good turnout each day, and hoping everyone will enjoy two days full of great high school basketball.”

By Adam Capps

[email protected]

Clinton player Rayquan Faison soars to the hoop during a game last season.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_DSC_6833.jpgClinton player Rayquan Faison soars to the hoop during a game last season.

Clinton’s Jeremiah Pope glides in for a hoop. He and the Horses have a high-powered offense returning this season.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_DSC_9814.jpgClinton’s Jeremiah Pope glides in for a hoop. He and the Horses have a high-powered offense returning this season.
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