Cyclones' first foe in Arby's revealed


 
  The Arby's Classic tournament committee met Sunday to draw for the upcoming Arby's Classic. This marks the 22nd year of the tournament, which will be held at Viking Hall in Bristol.
  Several professional players have played in what some consider one of the top high school tournaments in the country. George Lynch, New Orleans Hornets; O'Dell Honde, New Jersey Nets; Tim James, Miami Heat; Ray Allen, Seattle Supersonics; Udonis Haslem, Miami Heat; Eric Daniels, Sacramento Kings; and David Harrison of the Indiana Pacers are current NBA players who have showcased their skills at the Arby's.
  The Elizabethton Cyclones will tip off the 2004 Classic against Tabernacle of the Bahamas. According to tournament director Dale Burns, Tabernacle has a very good basketball team this season.
  This year's squad is led by 6-4 guard Condero Seymore, who is considered one of the top players in the Bahamas. He averaged 25 points per game last season. They are currently ranked as the Bahamas No. 1 team this season.
  Northside High School from Jackson, Tenn., enters this year's event. Northside was runner-up last season to White Station in the Class AAA finals.
  Richard and Reginald Delk, nephews of current NBA players Tony Delk, will be two key players in the tournament. The pair has already signed to play next season with Mississippi State.
  Cyclone head coach Tony Hardin is excited about this year's event.
  "It's an opportunity to play in one of the best high school tournaments with some of the best players in the country," he said. "It gives you a chance to compete at a high level. Not everyone gets an opportunity to play in this caliber of tournament. We are honored play at the Arby's."
  On Dec. 27, the Cyclones will play Tabernacle at 1 p.m., followed by Sullivan East and Urspring, Germany at 2:30. South Lakes, Va., plays Gate City at 4 while Atlanta Mays, Ga., meets Dobyns-Bennett at 5:30.
  West Hill, Canada, takes on Science Hill at 7 before Jackson Northside does battle with Tennessee High in the nightcap. Timpview, Utah; Simon Gratz, Penn; Meridian, Miss.; A.H. Parker, Alabama; and Daniel Boone will open play on Dec. 28 in session two of the tournament.
  The Food Lion Slam Dunk contest will be held Thursday, Dec. 30 while the Sam's/Wal-Mart 3-point contest will follow on Friday, Dec. 31 at 4:30. The championship will follow at 8:30.