By Steve LeMaster
STEARNS - McCreary Central boys' basketball fans will have an opportunity to catch the Raiders in action two days after Thanksgiving. The Raiders are scheduled to meet 11th Region championship contender Madison Southern in the GJ Smith Showcase at South Laurel High School in London on Saturday, Nov. 25.
South Laurel is set to host the annual G.J. Smith Showcase Nov. 24-25. The two-day high school basketball event will feature squads from multiple regions.
Madison Southern will offer McCreary Central a tough preseason test. The Eagles captured the 2017 44th District championship and made an appearance in the 11th Region Tournament before concluding the campaign 26-6. Madison Southern is under the direction of head coach Shane Buttry and is also showing much potential in the preseason.
Along with McCreary Central, Madison Southern and host South Laurel, the GJ Smith Showcase will include Barbourville, St. Patrick, East Jessamine, Lynn Camp, Knott County Central, Madison Central, Jackson County, Harlan County, Garrard County, Whitley County, Henry Clay, Casey County, North Laurel and Lexington Christian boys' basketball teams. South Laurel and Simon Kenton girls' basketball teams are also slated to meet in another game to be played as part of the GJ Smith Showcase.
The schedule for the G.J. Smith Showcase follows.
GJ Smith Showcase at South Laurel
Friday, Nov. 24-Saturday, Nov. 25
Friday, Nov. 24
Barbourville vs. St. Patrick, 3 p.m. (Boys)
East Jessamine vs. Lynn Camp, 4:30 p.m. (Boys)
South Laurel vs. Simon Kenton, 6 p.m. (Girls)
Knott County County vs. Madison Central, 7:30 p.m. (Boys)
Saturday, Nov. 25
McCreary Central vs. Madison Southern, 12:30 p.m. (Boys)
Jackson County vs. Somerset, 2 p.m. (Boys)
Harlan County vs. Garrard County, 3:30 p.m. (Boys)
Whitley County vs. Henry Clay, 5 p.m. (Boys)
South Laurel vs. Casey County, 6:30 p.m. (Boys)
North Laurel vs. Lexington Christian, 8 p.m. (Boys)