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Huntington Prep hosting tournament at Spring Valley

Jan. 31, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- For the Huntington Prep basketball team, going on the road and playing in odd venues for thousands of fans is the norm.

This week, the Express hope to still play in front of thousands -- only this time, make it at a local venue while also featuring some of the Tri-State's top teams.

Eight games in the Tri-State Hoops Classic hosted by Huntington Prep are scheduled Friday and Saturday at Spring Valley High School.

"We've had a shootout locally each year, but this year, we were able to get more teams and more local talent involved, which is exciting," Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford said. "Even though our guys aren't originally from Huntington, they consider this their second home and they want to be involved with the community and the basketball teams around here as well."

The Tri-State Hoops Classic gets under way with three games Friday.

Girls action tips the tournament off with four-time defending Class A champion Huntington St. Joe taking on Scott County (Ky.) at 6 p.m. The Irish are led by Notre Dame commit Mychal Johnson and Griffin Dempsey.

At 7:30 p.m., Tri-State basketball fans get to see two of the area's best players when Zac Carter and Trey Fletcher lead Ironton against Flora MacDonald (N.C.), who features scorer Anton Wilson and Rasheed Anthony.

The 9 p.m. contest is Huntington Prep taking on Oldsmar Christian (Fla.). Oldsmar features point guard D.J. Bowles, who has signed with Wichita State where Huntington Prep player Andrew Wiggins' brother, Nick, plays. Oldsmar also features North Texas signee Tony Nunn and shooting guard Troy Holton.

Wiggins is Huntington Prep's leader and the top-ranked college prospect for the Class of 2013. He is joined by Florida State signee Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Arkansas signee Moses Kingsley, Tennessee signee Travon Landry and Baylor signee Dominic Woodson on the Express roster.

Saturday's action gets started at 1:30 p.m. when Chesapeake -- led by Javon Thompson -- takes on June Buchanan (Ky.).

Huntington St. Joe's girls return to the floor at 3 p.m., Saturday, to take on Class AA Bluefield before Oldsmar meets Miami Valley School (Ohio) at 4:45 p.m.

At 6:30 p.m., Huntington Prep will take on Flora MacDonald (N.C.) before the nightcap featuring possibly the most anticipated battle of the event -- an 8:15 p.m. matchup between Huntington High and Tolsia.

Tolsia features several talented players, led by Morgan Stacy and Austin Brewer. As of Wednesday evening, the Rebels have won three straight heading into a game Friday against Wayne.

Huntington High also features lots of talent with post player Arick Nicks leading the way. Shaquan Miller is a solid all-around player while point guard Nick Tubbs is quick off the dribble.

"There are some great matchups for area fans to be interested in, and hopefully they can also see what we're about and the product we put on the floor and come back in the future," Fulford said.