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Preseason basketball action returns to Hodgdon

HODGDON, Maine — With the start of the regular season just a few short weeks away, basketball fans will get an opportunity to satisfy their basketball hunger at Hodgdon Middle-High School with two full days of preseason hoops.

The annual Hodgdon Pre-Season Tournament has become a staple of the post-Thanksgiving Day holiday, with teams able to get valuable on-the-court experience in a compact two-day event.

This year, squads from Ashland, Houlton, Greater Houlton Christian Academy, Easton, Katahdin and Southern Aroostook will join Hodgdon for the tourney.

Games will include two 20-minute halves, using the “running time” format, which means the clock does not stop in order to make sure the games finish in the one-hour time slot. In the final two minutes of the second half, regular clock stoppage will be observed. Each team will have a 10-minute warmup period, and there will be a five-minute halftime break.

The schedule for games is as follows: 

Friday, Nov. 29, 9 a.m., Ashland girls vs. Houlton; 10 a.m., Ashland boys vs. Southern Aroostook; 11 a.m., Ashland girls vs. Katahdin; noon, Ashland boys vs. GHCA; 1 p.m., Easton girls vs. Houlton; 2 p.m., Easton boys vs. Southern Aroostook; 3 p.m, Hodgdon girls vs. Katahdin; 4 p.m., Hodgdon boys GHCA; 5 p.m. Hodgdon girls vs. Easton; and 6 p.m. Hodgdon boys vs. Easton.

Saturday, Nov. 30, 9 a.m., Katahdin girls vs. Houlton; 10 a.m., GHCA vs. Southern Aroostook; 11 a.m., Katahdin girls vs. Easton; noon, GHCA boys vs Easton; 1 p.m., Hodgdon girls vs Houlton; 2 p.m., Hodgdon boys vs Southern Aroostook; 3 p.m., Ashland girls vs. Easton; 4 p.m., Ashland boys vs. Easton; 5 p.m. Ashland girls vs. Hodgdon; and 6 p.m. Ashland boys vs. Hodgdon.

The cost is $5 for adults and $2 for students, which is good for the entire day of basketball. A wide variety of concessions also will be sold by the school’s booster club both days. For more information,  call the school at 532-2413.

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