For the past 21 years, the Minden Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament has been one of the most well known tournaments in the area.
And this year the tournament will feature a new title sponsor, Gibsland Bank & Trust.
"We are very excited and looking forward to Gibsland Bank & Trust being our title sponsor," Minden High boys basketball head coach Alan Shaw said. "We feel like it's going to be a good match. They are made up of local people that have been very supportive of Minden High and the local community and we're really looking forward to working with them and making the tournament even more successful than it has ever been before."
Gibsland Bank & Trust Minden Branch Manager Greg Lee echoed Shaw's excitement.
"We've been a part of the tournament for years, and when the opportunity came around for the title sponsorship, we jumped at it."
Lee said that GB&T welcomes the opportunity to be involved with the much-loved tournament.
"They do a great job with the tournament every year," he said. "Anytime we have the opportunity to give back, especially to the kids, we want the seize that opportunity."
Shaw was really happy that GB&T stepped in as the title sponsor.
"We had a need, and they stepped up and met that need," he said. "We think it's going to be a match made in heaven. We appreciate all the support they've given us in the past and what they are continuing to do now."
This year's tournament, scheduled to begin December 12, will be bigger than ever. Teams from Minden, Lakeside, Doyline, North Webster, Lakeview, Ringgold, Red River, Jonesboro-Hodge, Haynesville, Captain Shreve, Woodlawn, Benton, Arcadia, El Dorado (Ark.), North Caddo, Ruston, Calvary and Huntington are scheduled to participate.
"We think it's going to be real exciting," Shaw said. "We have a great tournament planned with 31 teams coming. We'll play in three gyms over four days with 41 featured ball games. It's going to be a great tournament. We're looking forward to it, and we're looking forward to Gibsland Bank & Trust being our title sponsor for years to come."