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Parkview Tip-Off Classic back for 13th season

For more than a decade, the Parkview Tip-Off Classic has been one of the top Thanksgiving basketball tournaments in the state.

The event will be back again this year, but without the same luster it's had in recent years.

Instead of eight boys teams and eight girls teams, the 13th annual tournament will feature just four of each. And instead of a true tourney, it will be a round-robin event.

"We almost didn't have it at all," said Parkview girls coach Mike McCoy, whose team is ranked No. 2 in Class AAAAA in the preseason coaches poll.

The reason for the cutback, according to tournament director Lynn Carroll, is the economy.

"We just couldn't make enough money to justify all the time required to put on a full tournament like in the past," Carroll said. "But I still think we'll have a good event."

The tourney begins Saturday and runs through Monday and Tuesday, using both of Parkview's gyms.

The top visiting teams are the Northwest Whitfield girls, ranked No. 3 in Class AAAA, and the Dunwoody boys, rated No. 10 in Class AAA. Parkview and Northwest Whitfield will play at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

The Parkview boys and girls will open play against Alpharetta on Saturday, with the boys game at 6 p.m. and the girls game to follow. Also in the tournament are the Loganville girls and Winder-Barrow boys.

The other Thanksgiving event in Gwinnett County is the annual Bulldog Classic at North Gwinnett, which also has a round-robin format with games Saturday, Monday and Tuesday.

Joining North Gwinnett are Berkmar, Tucker and McIntosh, with play beginning at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The Tucker boys are ranked No. 3 in the Class AAAA preseason coaches poll.

The defending Class A state champion Wesleyan girls will play in the South Forsyth Turkey Shootout. The Wolves, ranked No. 1 again, face Hillgrove at 9 a.m. on Saturday and a win would likely mean a game with Marist, ranked No. 5 in Class AAAA, on Wednesday.

The Wesleyan boys, ranked No. 6 in the preseason poll, are also in the tournament and get a stiff first-round test at 10:30 a.m. in Hillgrove, rated No. 2 in Class AAAA. The championship games at South Forsyth are Nov. 28.

The Greater Atlanta Christian girls, ranked No. 5 in Class AA, play in the Jefferson Tip-Off Tournament, which begins Saturday. Brookwood and Central Gwinnett have both teams in the tourney, and the Collins Hill boys are also entered.