MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - The Byron Johnston Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament makes its return to the Tall City next week, so a few high school hoopers will be back at practice soon. For the event's director, this tourney is in his blood.
Blake Johnston, Director of the Byron Johnston Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament said, "This tournament was named after my dad in 1994, and I was able to get involved with this tournament six or seven years ago."
The Byron Johnston Holiday Classic is going on its 24th year, and Johnston said having an event like this never gets old.
"I'm always excited because there's a lot of kids where it's their first time to play in the Chap, or maybe it's their first time getting to play in the Byron Johnston so I get really excited for our local kids both in Midland and Odessa to have an opportunity to play in this event," said Johnston.
Seven of the 15 teams playing in the tourney are from the Permian Basin, and with football reigning supreme in West Texas, Johnston added tournaments like this, don't sleep on basketball in the Basin.
"Football's obviously a big deal out here and rightfully so but there's been some great basketball history out here and we're just looking to provide a great tournament year after year," said Johnston.
Tip-Off is scheduled for Wednesday, December 28th and with the talent set to hit the floor at the Chap Center winner is up for grabs.
"The teams are very evenly matched and I don't know who the front-runner is or should be but I'm excited to see what unfolds next week."
For more information on the tournament click here: http://www.byronjohnstonhoops.com/