Larry Chapman Tournament tips off Monday at Montgomery Academy

Sidney Lanier's Elijah White guards Pike Road's K.J. Westry in last year's championship game.

The Coach Larry Chapman Foundation Tip Off Tournament returns to Montgomery Academy for the third consecutive year, but for the second time, the host boy’s team will not be participating in the tournament.

For the second consecutive year, the Montgomery Academy football team will be playing Catholic in the 3A semifinals. With most of the varsity boys participating in both sports, MA coach Jeremy Arant hasn’t held a varsity practice yet in basketball.

“We’re fortunate to still be playing football,” Arant said. “Last year, we were able to find somebody to fill in for us. This year, we had another team drop out so we had to replace them but we weren’t able to replace us, so we’ve got a group of three or four varsity players, four or five JV players that will give it a shot.”

While it’s not exactly a varsity squad, Montgomery Academy will take the floor at Joe Mooty Court on Monday afternoon and play Marbury in the opening round of the tournament.

The Pike Road boys defeated Sidney Lanier in the finals last year and the Montgomery Academy girls defeated Prattville Christian Academy in the first of six classic matchups last year. While neither Lanier nor PCA return, both Pike Road and MA will be in the tournament, with the Patriots playing their second game of the season in an opening round matchup and the MA girls tipping off their season on Monday.

The Pike Road boys take on defending 1A state champion Autaugaville in the first round, which should be the highlight of four first-round games on Monday. The MA girls also face Autaugaville in the opening round of a tournament that includes area rivals Pike Road and Brewbaker Tech on opposite sides of the bracket.

Marbury and Loachapoka are familiar foes returning to the tournament as well.

“There have been some teams that have settled in that we have pretty much every year,” Arant said. “We basically tell those guys we’re going to do this every year and we’d love to have you if you want to be here every year. If you can have some consistency with four or five teams, it makes filling out the bracket a little easier. One of the things we wanted to do when we first started was to find some different teams we don’t play as often.”

Both Jeff Davis teams, the Booker T. Washington boys and the Stanhope Elmore girls are among those teams.

The Larry Chapman Foundation Tip Off Tournament once included more teams in a larger setting around the Christmas holidays but for the past three years has included eight boys and eight girls teams in a three-day format prior to Thanksgiving.

“If you’re not going to carry it out over an entire week -- and we’re not going to play on Thanksgiving -- eight teams is about as big as you can do it unless you’re going to extend it out to another campus,” Arant said.

LARRY CHAPMAN FOUNDATION

TIP OFF CLASSIC

Monday-Wednesday

Montgomery Academy

BOYS

Monday

Game 1 -- Loachapoka vs. Brew Tech, 11:30 a.m.

Game 2 -- Booker T. Washington vs. Jeff Davis, 11:30 a.m.

Game 3 -- Autaugaville vs. Pike Road, 2:30 p.m.

Game 4 -- Marbury vs. Montgomery Academy JV, 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday

Game 5 -- winner game 2 vs. winner game 4, 10 a.m.

Game 6 -- loser game 2 vs. loser game 4, 10 a.m.

Game 7 -- winner game 1 vs. winner game 3, 2:30 p.m.

Game 8 -- loser game 1 vs. loser game 3, 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday

Game 9 -- loser game 6 vs. loser game 8, 10:30 a.m.

Game 10 -- winner game 6 vs. winner game 8, 10:30 a.m.

Game 11 -- loser game 5 vs. loser game 7. noon

Game 12 -- championship game, 3 p.m.

GIRLS

Monday

Game 1 -- Pike Road vs. Stanhope Elmore, 10 a.m.

Game 2 -- Brew Tech vs. Marbury, 10 a.m.

Game 3 -- Jeff Davis vs. Loachapoka, 1 p.m.

Game 4 -- Autaugaville vs. Montgomery Academy, 1 p.m.

Tuesday

Game 5 -- winner game 1 vs. winner game 2, 11:30 a.m.

Game 6 -- loser game 1 vs. loser game 3, 11:30 a.m.

Game 7 -- winner game 2 vs. winner game 4, 1 p.m.

Game 8 -- loser game 2 vs. loser game 4, 1 p.m.

Wednesday

Game 9 -- loser game 6 vs. loser game 8, 9 a.m.

Game 10 -- winner game 6 vs. winner game 8, 9 a.m.

Game 11 -- loser game 5 vs. loser game 7. noon

Game 12 -- championship game, 1:30 p.m.