Kilgore High School basketball gets a lot of different looks during its non-district basketball schedule, but Thursday, in a tournament hosted by Kilgore College, the Bulldogs are going to face a team from far out of district: Australia.
KHS third-year coach Jerry Timmons had the idea, while advertising for teams to fill the slots for this week’s Oil Belt Classic basketball tournament, to be played at both KC and KHS.
“I put a thing (online) for teams on the Texas Basketball website,” Timmons explained, “and they’re touring the U.S. …They reached out, and I said, ‘Come on.’”
Kilgore will face the Australian team on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. during the first round of play at KC’s Masters Gym. At 2 p.m., Longview faces Jacksonville. At 3:30, Pine Tree will play Tatum, and at 5, Gilmer meets Henderson.
If Kilgore beats Australia, the ‘Dogs will play again Thursday night at 7 against Marshall, this time at KHS. Following that game, also at KHS, Lufkin will take on the Longview-J’ville winner.
If Kilgore loses its game Thursday afternoon with the Australian team, the Bulldogs will play again at 12:30 on Friday, against the PT-Tatum loser.
The Bulldogs were to host Winona on Tuesday, following the print deadline for this issue of the News Herald. There’s a story on kilgorenewsherald.com now, updating how the ‘Dogs fared. Following the Oil Belt tournament, Kilgore will host Tatum next Tuesday, Dec. 19, starting at 5 p.m.