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Pepsi Carolina Classic: Action Packed!

2023-12-28
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December 28 game schedulePhoto byBoys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area

Tight action highlighted nearly every game during day one of the 37th Annual Pepsi Carolina Classic presented by South Carolina Federal Credit Union held at West Florence High School Wednesday. The three-day varsity basketball tournament runs Dec. 27-29.

Marion squeaked past South Florence in the tournament opener, 66-65, as did North Augusta slip past Crestwood 63-62. Reigning tournament champions, Quality Education Academy, defeated West Florence soundly, 84-50. Wilson took care of business with Trinity Collegiate, 64-61, to cap the evening.

Scores for Wednesday, December 27

  • Game 1 – South Florence 65, Marion 66
  • Game 2 – West Florence 50, v. Quality Education Academy 84
  • Game 3 – North Augusta 63, Crestwood 62
  • Game 4 – Wilson 64, Trinity Collegiate 61

Today, the tournament field widens as the Girls Division has its first games with last year’s tournament champions, Trinity Collegiate, facing Quality Education Academy out of Winston-Salem, N.C., at 2:30 p.m. The Wilson Tigers take on Lake View Gators at 5:30 p.m.

In the Boys Division, day two opens with crosstown rivals, South Florence versus West Florence at 1 o’clock. Later at 4 p.m., Crestwood takes on Trinity Collegiate.

The featured games pit Marion against Quality Education Academy at 6:45 p.m. followed at 8 p.m. by North Augusta versus Wilson.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online at www.BGCpda.org (direct link: https://westflorence.hometownticketing.com/embed/all?tile_id=1&tile_item=17).

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Trinity Collegiate School girls return to action at 2:30 p.m. against Quality Education Academy of Winston-Salem, N.C.Photo byTrinity Collegiate School

The three days of competitive basketball gives a respite to the holidays, all while raising funds for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area. The Clubs support thousands of children each year receive the encouragement, character-building skills, safety, nutrition, and positive influence needed to succeed in school and in life. The Clubs serve more than 3,500+ youth each year in Florence, Hartsville, Hemingway, Lake City, Pamplico, and Timmonsville.

  • Here are a few of the impacts:
    88% of Club members’ teachers say Club members’ behavior has improved;
  • 97% of Club members’ parents say their children learned how to set goals;
  • 85% of Club members’ parents say Club services help them hold a job; and
  • 88% of Club members’ teachers notice Club members care more about learning.

Enjoy some family time over the holidays and help build GREAT FUTURES in our community!


Schedule of Games

Thursday, December 28

  • 1 p.m. Game 5 – South Florence v. West Florence
  • 2:30 p.m. Girls Game 1 – Trinity Collegiate (last year’s tournament champions) v. Quality Education Academy
  • 4 p.m. Game 6 – Crestwood v. Trinity Collegiate
  • 5:30 p.m. Girls Game 2 – Wilson v. Lake View
  • 6:45 p.m. Game 7 – Marion v. Quality Education Academy
  • 8 p.m. Game 8 – North Augusta v. Wilson


Friday, December 29

  • 1 p.m. Game 9 – Loser Game 5 v. Loser Game 6
  • 2:30 p.m. Third Place Boys Game – Loser Game 7 v. Loser Game 8
  • 4 p.m. Third Place Girls Game – Loser of Game 1 v. Loser of Game 2
  • 5:30 p.m. Consolation Bracket Boys Championship – Winner Game 5 v. Winner Game 6
  • 6:45 p.m. Girls Championship – Winner Game 1 v. Winner Game 2
  • 8 p.m. Boys Championship – Winner Game 7 v. Winner Game 8

Note: First team listed for each game is the home team.


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