ET Basketball: Lobos set to host annual Romines Memorial Tournament
Dec. 26, 2017 at 10:41 p.m.
Lobo head basketball coach Don Newton has only been in town a few months but he's quickly realized the impact that the late Leroy Romines had on basketball in Longview.
That's why it was imperative that Newton and the Lobos continued the annual Texas Bank & Trust/Longview Regional Romines Memorial Tournament, which begins Thursday at Longview High School.
"It's a big deal just due to the relationship that Coach Romines had throughout the community and the amount of respect he had for what he was able to do in Longview," Newton said Tuesday amid final preparations. "We're just trying to continue the tradition of honoring him with three solid days of basketball.
"Our booster club has been heavily involved and it's taken key people throughout the community to put this one. I'm only five months new to the program but I'm taken aback by the outpouring of support we've received."
The 2017 tournament, in its third year since being revamped, features a mix of local teams and some travelling in for the three-day event, set for Lobo Coliseum and the 'Green Gym' at Longview High.
"We've got a lot of solid local programs and some well-respected teams from throughout the state, like Trimble Tech, a very talented team," Newton said. "I just expect a high level of basketball and as I get to know these coaches and their programs, I think it's going to be a great three days of basketball."
Pool A will consist of Longview, Hallsville, Hempstead, Liberty-Eylau and Fort Worth Trimble Tech. Lufkin, Pine Tree, John Tyler, Henderson and Longview's JV will compete in Pool B.
For the Lobos, who enter the weekend at 10-3 on the season, it'll be one last weekend to finalize a roster before entering the heart of district play. Longview added three players from the football team over the past week.
"We're trying to get some guys in the mix and we're going to try to get them some opportunities," Newton said. "Of course, we're trying to win games but we're going to compartmentalize and make sure we find our best lineups, play some different combinations and try to figure out where everyone fits to try to help us compete for a district championship."
Longview opened District 11-6A play this past week with a 65-56 win over defending district champs Rockwall. The league slate fires right back up on Tuesday.
"It's right back to the grind," Newton said. "I don't want to say we're using the tournament as practice but we've got to continue to work and we've got to compete no matter who is on the floor.
"It looks like it's going to be a competitive and will be all the way through. I know that we'll have to continue to get better in order to compete at a high level but we're definitely excited about it and this weekend will be a great jumping off point."
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Lobo Coliseum: 11 a.m.: Longview vs. Hallsville; 12:30 p.m.: Henderson vs. Lufkin; 2 p.m.: Pine Tree vs. John Tyler; 3:30 p.m.: Hempstead vs. Hallsville; 5 p.m.: Lufkin vs. Pine Tree; 6:30 p.m.: Longview vs. Trimble Tech
Green Gym: 12:30 p.m.: Liberty-Eylau vs. Hempstead; 3:30 p.m.: Trimble Tech vs. Liberty-Eylau; 5 p.m.: Longview JV vs. Henderson
Lobo Coliseum: 10 a.m.: Liberty-Eylau vs. Hallsville; 11:30 a.m.: John Tyler vs. Henderson; 1 p.m.: Trimble Tech vs. Hempstead; 2:30 p.m.: Lufkin vs. John Tyler; 4 p.m.: Longview vs. Liberty-Eylau
Green Gym: 10 a.m.: Hempstead vs. Longview; 2:30 p.m.: Henderson vs. Pine Tree; 4 p.m.: Hallsville vs. Trimble tech
Lobo Coliseum: 10 a.m.: 5th place game; 11:30 a.m.: 3rd place game; 1 p.m.: Championship
Green Gym: 10 a.m.: 9th place game; 11:30 a.m.: 7th place game