TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (December 22, 2017) – Tallahassee Community College's men's and women's basketball teams will host the Tallahassee Democrat Holiday Classic on Thursday and Friday, December 28 and 29.
The event, featuring a total of eight teams and eight games, will bring the Eagles' non-conference schedule to a close in the way of a men's and women's doubleheader on both days – 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 3 and 5 p.m. Friday.
Neutral-site games will get the action started, however, at 1 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. Friday.
All games will take place at the Bill Hebrock Eagledome.
Chattahoochee Valley (Ala.) Community College, Monroe (N.Y.) College and Northwest Florida State College will round out the women's participants while Palm Beach State College, Pensacola State College and East Mississippi Community College – widely known for its football team's appearance on the Netflix docuseries "Last Chance U" – will complete the men's field.
The Tallahassee women have been the Eagles' headline grabbers as of late.
A school-record 13 straight wins. The best start in school history. A No. 4 national ranking. The nation's top-scoring offense. And yet, in many ways, the season is only about to begin.
Following games against Monroe (December 28, 5:30 p.m.) and Chattahoochee Valley (December 29, 3 p.m.), Tallahassee will open Panhandle Conference play at No. 1 and two-time defending national champion Gulf Coast State College on Saturday, January 6. And that's just one of 12 straight league games against teams currently ranked in the top 16 nationally.
Gulf Coast State, Tallahassee, No. 5 Northwest Florida State and No. 10 Pensacola State are all currently undefeated while No. 16 Chipola College has won seven straight games after a 3-3 start.
Meanwhile, the Tallahassee men, who opened the season with ten straight victories, will be looking to regain momentum after dropping three of its final four games prior to the holiday break.
Injuries have taken a toll on the Eagles, who dressed only eight players in their last game – a 72-71 loss at St. Petersburg College on December 13. Starting point guard C.J. Fisher and second-leading scorer Javien Williams went down with ankle injuries in a loss to then-No. 10 Florida SouthWestern State College on December 10 and did not play at St. Petersburg.
The return of both players would be a huge boost – not only for Classic games against Palm Beach State (December 28, 7:30 p.m.) and East Mississippi (December 29, 5 p.m.) but for PC play which, like the women, opens at Gulf Coast State on January 6.
This marks the 13th consecutive year the Eagle men have hosted the Holiday Classic. Tallahassee is 23-1 all-time in the event – the lone loss coming in 2013 to East Mississippi, who was coached, ironically, by current Tallahassee head coach Mark White. That game is Tallahassee's only previous meeting with the Lions…the Eagles have won two straight against Palm Beach State and have a 10-3 advantage all-time against the Panthers.
The Tallahassee women are 4-1 all-time against Chattahoochee Valley and have won the last three head-to-head meetings. This will be the Eagles' first time playing Monroe…despite scoring just 79 points in its last game, Tallahassee still boasts the nation's top-scoring offense at 98.7 points per game…sophomore guard Jas Hill, the reigning Region 8 and National Player of the Week, is second nationally in scoring at 24.4 points per game, just one-tenth of a point behind the leader.
Tallahassee Community College Athletics would like to thank the Leon County Tourist Development Council and Wendy's for its support of the Tallahassee Democrat Holiday Classic.