Tiger Invitational a success


Fulfilling their hoop dreams.

Several years ago, Lincoln Comer took a group of local Madison County Tigers athletes to participate in the Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament in Chillicothe.

As the Director of Special Olympics and Community Recreation for Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Comer longed to start a similar tournament, but specifically for the people with whom he works.

“Many moons ago, Madison County competed in the Easter Seals bracket at the Gus Macker,” Comer said. “It’s taken over a decade, but we finally hosted our first annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament and I can honestly say it was worth the wait.”

Recently, Madison County hosted the Tiger Invitational — a 3-on-3 basketball tournament for individuals with disabilities — with teams from Champaign and Union Counties also participating. In the double-elimination format, Madison County Black defeated Madison County Blue in the championship game 20-8 to capture the title. Madison County Black — made up of Logan Green, Bobby Higgins, Courtney Salters, and John Zeeck — did not lose a game in the tournament. It was held on the campus of Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Fairhaven School.

The Madison County Blue team (Nick Dummitt, Mike Ellis, Waymond Harris and Paul Hiles) advanced to the championship by defeating a tough Union County squad.

Teams that were not victorious after the first two rounds found themselves in the Outhouse Bracket. The third Madison County Team — Grey — defeated the Champaign County Ballers 20-15 to earn the coveted outhouse trophy. Members of Madison County Grey included Michael Long, Noah Meyer, Kody Price and Mike Williams

A wealth of parents, families and community members pitched in to assist with what Comer anticipates will be an annual event. Game referees included Bryan Ansel, Jorge Gonzalez, Darren Long and Butch Scott.

“A special thanks to all the volunteers who made this event so successful,” Comer said. “Without their help, the tournament would still just be a dream.”

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Logan Green, right, defends Mike Ellis in the championship game of the recent 3-on-3 basketball tournament held on the campus of Fairhaven School and Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Green’s squad would emerge victorious.
http://www.madison-press.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/09/web1_3-on-3-I.jpgLogan Green, right, defends Mike Ellis in the championship game of the recent 3-on-3 basketball tournament held on the campus of Fairhaven School and Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Green’s squad would emerge victorious. Contributed photo | Madison County Board of DD

Madison County’s Waymond ‘Iceman’ Harris goes up for a bucket against a Union County defender in the semifinal of the recently-held Tiger Invitational 3-on-3 basketball tournament for individuals with disabilities.
http://www.madison-press.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/09/web1_3-on-3-II.jpgMadison County’s Waymond ‘Iceman’ Harris goes up for a bucket against a Union County defender in the semifinal of the recently-held Tiger Invitational 3-on-3 basketball tournament for individuals with disabilities. Contributed photo | Madison County Board of DD

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