Saturday marked a day of hoops over at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum as high school basketball players showed off their skills in front of a local crowd.
The 26th annual Hoopsfest brought together 14 high school teams from the state, including 12 from the Coastal area to battle on the hardwood.
Along with the seven matchups between the teams throughout the day, the event also featured a unified game and three point contest.
HoopsFest Director Bryan Caldwell says HoopsFest helps prepare teams for the state championship environment. “Well, if you’re a high school kid, this is a great time in your career because very rarely do you get to play in a facility like this one. This mimics what they will play in when they make it through the state tournament and it’s just a lot different feel than we’re in a high school gym.”
Big local winners from the day’s competition include Bay High, Gulfport, and Harrison Central.