Springfield’s weekend forecast features freezing temperatures with lows in the single digits, but the Glendale Falcons aren’t worried.
Glendale’s boys basketball team will be basking in 80-degree weather in Coral Springs, Florida. The Falcons are part of the 44-team field of the Kreul Classic, a nationally recognized set of tournaments with teams from 10 states in the 2016 field.
The main component of the Kruel Classic is four different eight-team tournaments. Falcons coach Brian McTague said he began looking to enter his team in a national tournament two years ago.
“We know we’ve got a good group and we wanted to take advantage of that. We looked at several different options and places that we might possibly want to go, and it just worked out with the dates and everything else that this one was the best chance to make that happen,” McTague said.
Glendale is placed in the Under Armour Challenge bracket. Junior Monty Johal enters the tournament with a scoring average of 25.3 points per game, and junior Jordan Walton averages an even 20 points per game.
The Kreul Classic gives Walton and Johal a chance to raise their basketball profiles.
“We wanted to take advantage of that when they were juniors and seniors, and give them the opportunity to play on that kind of stage. Hopefully it does nothing but prepare us for the postseason,” McTague said.
Glendale (2-2) is the only Missouri team in the tournament and will take on the Boyd Anderson (Lauderdale Lakes, Florida) Cobras (2-4) in the opening round. McTague said his team looks forward to facing unfamiliar foes.
“That’s part of what makes it fun. We don’t really know what we’re going to run into when we get down there, but anything that happens is hopefully going to help us in the long run,” McTague said.
In the 27th annual Kreul Classic, Glendale plays Boyd Anderson Saturday at 5:45 p.m. Eastern Time, 4:45 p.m. Central Time. The Falcons will be guaranteed two additional games on Monday and Tuesday.
On Sunday, the team plans a trip to the American Airlines Arena in Miami.
“We’re going to try to catch a Heat-Celtics game down there on our off day and probably try to hit the beach once or twice,” McTague said.
Glendale will play either Pines Charter (Pembroke Pines, Florida) or Miller Grove (Lithonia, Georgia) in its second game. The opposite side of the bracket features Archbishop Carroll (Miami, Florida), Centerville (Dayton, Ohio), Calvary Christian (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida), and Brooks-DeBartolo (Tampa, Florida).