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Lions, Broncos set for third game in month
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Christian Rogers has helped Boyd win the first two meetings against Covenant this season. The local teams will meet again Friday in the Knights Christmas Classic in Smyrna.

Two times wasn’t enough for Boyd and Covenant.

The Broncos and Lions will get to renew their hardwood rivalry Friday night when they meet in the opening round of the Knights Christmas Classic being held by Lancaster Christian Academy.

“It’s ironic that we are traveling to Smyrna to play a team that is 10 minutes away,,” said Boyd coach Chris Perry, who has guided his team to two victories over the Lions this year, including a 46-42 victory at Covenant just eight days ago. “That said, they’ll be ready to play us and confident I’m sure. We will hopefully be up for the challenge of a familiar opponent.”

The Broncos and Lions will clash at 7 p.m. Friday night. Both teams are guaranteed at least three games in the two-day tournament, which is set to hold its championship game Saturday at 8 p.m.

Covenant coach Ryan Smith thought his squad had a chance to take down Boyd on its home court, but the Lions blew a 10-point, second-half advantage. He’s hoping the third time may be the charm.

“Most of the time in a Christmas tournament, you don’t know much about the other team. With playing Boyd, we both know each other pretty well. The last game was a battle to the end and I expect the same this time,” said Smith.

The boys bracket also features Heritage, Clarksville and the TN Heat. With a three-game guarantee, there’s a chance the two local squads could clash more than once in a 36-hour window. Either way, both coaches are looking forward to the test of a tournament setting.

“I’m excited to play a tournament. I’m hoping to get some different lineups out there and see what happens. The back-to-back games will give us a chance to work on some details that hopefully will carry over,” said Perry.

Smith added, “Our effort over the last few games has been consistent and I expect the same out of them every game. In order to be successful in a tournament, you have to have consistent contributions from everybody. If we can do that, we will continue to get better.”

The Lady Broncos and Lady Lions will also be taking part in the tournament, though they were spared a meeting in the first round. Both teams were awarded byes, where they’ll await their opponents Friday afternoon.

Covenant is scheduled to play the winner of a LCA-Valor matchup at 4 p.m. Friday, while the Lady Broncos will face either Webb or Heritage at 5 p.m. The girls championship game is set for 7 p.m. Saturday.

The game format will be an adjustment for all four squads.

Instead of playing four quarters, the games will consist of two 20-minute halves. There will be a running clock as well, except for the last two minutes of each half. In case of overtimes, a five-minute period will be played with a running clock for the first four minutes. A ‘sudden death’ rule will apply in the event of a second overtime, with the first time to score being named the winner.