Thursday, December 8, 2011

EQT hype machine rolls into Canon-McMillan

Television commercials. Radio spots. Electronic billboards ... in Allegheny County.

It's all for a tournament starting Friday at Canon-McMillan High School. And get this ... it has nothing to do with wrestling.

Western Pennsylvania's wrestling hotbed is host to this year's EQT Energy Classic, a boys basketball tipoff tournament that pits a handful of area teams against a couple from Eastern Kentucky. The tournament, which runs from Friday through Sunday and features radio coverage of every game, has its own website. You can even like it on facebook.

Billed as the "Backyard Bluegrass Battle", the EQT Classic brings defending champion Pikesville (Ky.) and Allen Central to Western Pennsylvania. Canon-Mac, Trinity, Wash High, Waynesburg, Burgettstown and West Greene will represent the Washington-Greene region.

(For the record, I'll predict a Canon-McMillan vs. Washington final Sunday at 6 p.m.)

That game could be preceded by an Elvis impersonator.

The sponsor has made a major investment in the tournament, which will return to Kentucky next year. It will be interesting to see how this area responds.


Anonymous said...

is this for real? 4a c-mac gets 2a burgettstown in the first round, then plays the winner of 1a west green and waynesburg one of the worst 2a teams there is, to get to the championship.
if there was ever a lay up braket this is it, shame on c-mac. how can you even hype this type of matchup?

Anonymous said...

Mike not to hard to predict canon mac in the championship if you look at their bracket. This was a golden chance to with a great sponcer to fill the gym. Is anyone going out of their way to watch a canon mac vs west green or waynesburg game? The bracket with the 2 teams from Kentucky with Washington and Trinity is a good fair bracket, but Canon mac with Waynesburg and West Green in their bracket not much intrest.This tournament should have had higher profile wpial teams in it