The host Patriots enter the tournament with an already great start to their season. They will face off against Willsboro, one of the stronger teams in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference so far this year, and a regular participant in the tournament.
Also returning this year is Harwood Union, a Vermont school that won the tournament the past two years, and Westport, last year's MVAC and Section VII Class D champions.
"The level of competition should be extremely strong," said Douglass. "All [the teams] are stronger this year than they were last year."
Third Annual Hoops for Hope Boys Varsity Tournament Schedule
Friday Jan. 3, 2009
4:30 p.m. - Au Sable Valley JV vs. Willsboro JV
5:45 p.m. - Westport JV vs. Harwood JV
7 p.m. - Westport Varsity vs. Harwood Varsity
8:15 p.m. - Au Sable Valley Varsity vs. Willsboro Varsity
Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009
1:30 p.m. - JV Consolation game
3 p.m. - JV Championship game
4 p.m. - Varsity Consolation game
6 p.m. - Varsity Championship game