The Meramec Holiday Tournament is consistently one of the best, most competitive basketball tournaments in the area. This year was no exception, with Hazelwood Central proving to be the cream of the crop. They are an explosive team that can get up and down the floor with the best of them, and if you make a mistake, they WILL capitalize on it.
The Pioneers had to do battle without starting point guard, Ben Crancer, who was out with a wicked combination of the Flu and Strep Throat. Justin Byrd did a nice job filling in, and showed that he has some toughness, hitting two free throws to seal the Pioneers victory over a much-improved Lindbergh squad.
Watching talented young people play a game they love is not a bad way to spend a holiday week. . .