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Area teams tip-off summer basketball season

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 10:46 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -The summer basketball season has begun and many of our area teams have hit the ground running.

In Graceville, the Poplar Springs basketball program hosted their own camp this week. 16 teams coming from all over the Panhandle coming out to compete and shoot some hoops to get back into the swing of things. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday the varsity boys take to the court with the first games tip off at 9 a.m. and end at 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, the JV girls went out with the same time table, and next week the JV boys and varsity girls will hit the hardwood.

Atomics head coach, Jared Owen, said camps like these are crucial to programs.

“You get in all these different situations that kind of help you gauge where we are at right now, and what we need to work on when we get into the fall and get into the basketball season,” said Owen. “You’re going to have some games where you are ahead by a lot, behind by a lot, close games, so you kind of get all of it, jam-packed into five days of a camp.”

One of those teams heading to Poplar throughout the week was Mosley, and on Friday, the ‘Fins will make their way to Tallahassee for the Leonard Hamilton Basketball Camp at Florida State. On Friday night, they will play in two games and then face some more competition on Saturday before heading back to Lynn Haven on Sunday.

Mosley head basketball coach, Mike Memmen, reiterated the importance of summer ball, but it’s not always easy.

“There’s a lot of variables that come into the summer,” said Coach Memmen. “Sometimes you won’t have a guy because they are at football, or he’s off at another camp or doing something, but you still get a good idea of where you match up. Our region is really tough. Choctaw was in our region last year. They lost in the state title game, and Pine Forest is going to be really next year. Hopefully, we will get to see those teams this summer and play them and kind of give us an idea of where we match-up if we are lucky enough to get back into the playoffs for a fourth time.”

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