Battle of the South Basketball Shootout enters 17th year, set for weekend of hoops action at Darton

Looking Ahead

WHO: Amateur and professional basketball players from around the U.S.

WHAT: 17th annual Battle of the South Basketball Shootout.

WHEN: Play begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday and continues until 8 p.m., followed by the final round of play beginning Sunday at 9 a.m. and culminating with the title game at 4 p.m.

WHERE: Darton State College’s Cavalier Arena.

COST: Free

ALBANY — For the 17th year, the Good Life City will be home to some high-flying, rim-rocking men’s basketball action during the Battle of the South Basketball Shootout.

The best part? It’s free.

Twenty-four teams will converge on Albany this weekend to take part in the double-elimination tournament that will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday at Darton State College’s Cavalier Arena and culminate with the championship game Sunday at 4 p.m. Teams will play two, 20-minute halves and a new game will start every hour.

“You can expect some great excitement, excellent basketball and a family-friendly event,” organizer Fred Pickett said. “It’s been a success every year.”

Pickett added that he hopes to have at least one or two current or former NBA players on hand, while several area well-known players — such as Albany State men’s basketball coach Chris Cameron and Lee County head coach Kirven Davis and Monroe head coach Marquis Davis — are expected to field teams and play in the event.