The Clayton State women’s and men’s basketball teams qualified for the Peach Belt Conference Basketball Tournament with eight teams, the top four teams from both the East and West Divisions of the conference, playing in the Tournament, which will be held at the Frank G. Lumpkin Center on the campus of Columbus State University Mar. 7 to Mar. 10.
The 26-0ClaytonStatewomen’s team, the 2012/13 PBC regular season champions, will open the tournament as the top seed from the West and will face Armstrong on Thursday at 5 p.m. The number one-ranked Lakers closed the regular season undefeated for the second time in the last three years, while capturing their third straight conference title. The Lakers will be looking for their fourth tournament title since 2005.
The winner of Thursday’sClaytonStateand Armstrong game will advance to Saturday’s 4 p.m. semifinals and face the winner ofColumbusStateand USC Aiken. The finals for the PBC Women’s Tournament Championship will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m.
On the men’s side,ClaytonState(13-13) will enter the tournament as the fourth seed from the West Division and face the first seed from the East in USC Aiken. Tipoff for the game at theLumpkinCenterwill be 1 p.m. on Friday, Mar. 8.
The Lakers finished in a tie for the third spot in the West but lost the tiebreaker to Georgia Southwestern. The 2013 PBC Tournament will be the last for legendaryClaytonStatehead coach Gordon Gibbons, who announced he will resign at season’s end. ClaytonStateand USC Aiken met on Jan. 16 in Aiken with the Pacers winning by 11 points.
The winner of Friday’sClaytonStateand Aiken game will advance to Saturday’s semifinals and face the winner ofNorth Georgiaand Armstrong at 6 p.m. The finals for the PBC Men’s Tournament Championship will be held on Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
Every game of the PBC Tournament will be covered with live stats and a live video feed through UStream, the official streaming partner of the Peach Belt Conference. The league will also provide a stream of every post-game press conference. Links to all the live coverage along with ticket information can be found on the official tournament website at http://www.peachbelt.com/information/13bbtournament/index