DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The second annual Turkey Classic basketball tournament is right around the corner.

This high school tournament acts as a buy in for the Downtown Dothan Hoops Classic that takes place in December so a lot is on the line.

Next week eight teams will be vying for a spot in the prestigious Hoops Classic.

Malone, Cottonwood, Carroll, Andalusia, G.W. Long, Barbour County, Greenville, and Florala will compete for the final spot in the 16 team Christmastime tournament.

“We have so many schools that want to participate in the Hoops Classic that haven’t had a chance to before so doing this pretty much ensures that we infuse fresh blood into the Hoops Classic every year,” said Tyson Carter, Assistant Director for Operations of Dothan Leisure Services.

Dothan Leisure Services held the Turkey Classic for the first time last year.

The event was well attended, but organizers hope to draw an even bigger crowd this time around.

“We’re hoping to see some really good basketball. There’s always really good high school tournaments around this area during Thanksgiving week and we want to make this the best one.”

Tickets are $6 each day and can be bought the day of the tournament at the Dothan Civic Center.

Gate proceeds from next week’s tournament go into the pot that is given back to the schools that compete in the Hoops Classic in December.

Money raised from ticket sales, concessions and sponsorships is given to Hoops Classic competitors based on how many games in which they play.

The Turkey Classic tips off at the Dothan Civic Center on Monday at 3-30 p.m. Semifinals and the championship game take place on Tuesday starting at 10 a.m.

For more information about next week’s event or sponsoring the Dothan Hoops Classic contact Tyson Carter at 334-615-3700 or