By ERIC VICCARO
SULLIVAN — Ste. Genevieve’s boys’ basketball team has drawn the No. 1 seed for next week’s First Community National Bank Bank-It Challenge at Sullivan High School.
And rightfully so considering the Dragons won this tournament a year ago, topping Farmington 61-54 in the championship game.
Ste. Genevieve also knocked off Mineral Area Activities Association rival Potosi and Class 5 Battle during last year’s tournament.
“We thought it was a good idea to go back to (Sullivan) and have a chance to get two in a row,” said Ste. Genevieve head coach Robert Coleman, who explained the Dragons also had a chance to play in this week’s DeSoto Tournament.
Coleman said he likes that the FCNB Bank-It Challenge puts out an all-tournament team at the end of the event.
Logan Trollinger was the 2020 most valuable player, with Chaytin Lea and Rudy Flieg also on the all-tournament team. Trollinger finished the championship game with 22 points, including three 3-pointers and 7-of-10 from the free-throw line.
Ste. Genevieve, as the top seed, will play St. James in the opening round at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29. Other first-round games are Farmington/Steelville at 5:30 p.m., Capital City/Gateway Legacy at 7 p.m. and Sullivan/Potosi at 8:30 p.m.
Sullivan athletic director Cody Davis said he’s also expecting a strong tournament.
“It should be a good tournament with close games,” Davis said in an email to the Herald.
Championship semifinal games will take place on Thursday, Dec. 2, with the consolation semifinals on Tuesday, Nov. 30.
The consolation championship and seventh-place games will be at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3.
The third-place game will be at 6 p.m. and the championship at 7:30 p.m. that same day.
Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for students. Adults ages 60 years old on up and children five years old and younger are admitted free.