High school basketball teams from around the city will be playing all month in the Savannah Summer League set to begin on Monday, June 6 at Savannah High School as teams and players look to develop heading into next season.
League games will be played on Monday and Wednesday nights through June 29. It will be played “cross-court” style using the four drop-down baskets around the gym. There will be two games played simultaneously alongside each other. With six games per night, tip times are slated for 5:15 p.m., 6:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.
Twelve local schools are in the league: Savannah High, Beach, Woodville-Tompkins, Groves, Islands, Jenkins, Johnson, New Hampstead, Bethesda Academy, Memorial Day, South Effingham and Benedictine. Last season’s state runner-up, arguably the top program in Savannah over the last several years, Windsor Forest is not playing in the league this summer.
It’s a noticeable absence, as the Knights are the only SCCPSS team not playing. Windsor is expected to be playing elsewhere and attending team camps for a majority of June.
Although the Summer League is made up of 12 primary teams, there will be other schools playing certain games as replacements for league teams attending camps, out of town games, etc. on the day of a scheduled game. Savannah Country Day and St. Andrew’s are two of those teams likely to play at least one game during the league.
SHOT CLOCK COMING
The longtime head coach at Savannah High and Director of the league, Tim Jordan told PSR last week that shot clocks would not be used during the league, as the simultaneous action for two games would make things too chaotic. This season (2022-2023) will be the third and final year of the GHSA’s three-phase plan to implement the 30-second shot clock in all varsity games.
It’ll be the first season for mandatory shot clock use in every gym, during every game. In 2020-21, the shot clock was only used in approved tournament and showcase games. Last season, it was allowed, though not mandatory, in region games as a region decision.
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