From a technically numerical standpoint, the field of the 2019 Dacula Tip-Off girls basketball tournament is taking a bit of a step back for 2019.
“The plans have always been to have two eight-team brackets,” Falcons head coach and tournament director Jason Adams said. “But we had a couple of teams drop out at the last second. So we put eight teams into a bracket, and the other six into a round robin (format).”
But what the field lacks in quantity, it more than makes up in quality, which should make for some outstanding action when this year’s tournament gets underway Saturday at Dacula High School’s two gymnasiums.
“Seven of the eight teams (in the bracket format)were in the preseason Top 10 (of their respective classifications),” Adams said. “Probably half of those are in the top five. So it should be a pretty solid field.”
Indeed, the bracket portion features several quality first-round matchups including a pair of All-Gwinnett gamers pitting across-the-street Spalding Drive neighbors Norcross and Wesleyan against each other, as well as defending Class AAAAA state champion Buford against growing AAAAAAA power Grayson.
Dacula, which is also ranked in Class AAAAAA will also be matched up with a quality opponent in AAAAA power Flowery Branch, while Valcdosta and Luella round out the first-round in bracket play.
Even the round robin division will feature solid competition as well, with Gwinnett schools Archer, Mill Creek and Mountain View squaring off with Decatur, Griffin and Monroe Area.
“We’re very excited,” Adams said. “It’s a very good field.”