USC Aiken to host Peach Belt Conference basketball tourney

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Thursday June 18, 2009

AIKEN, S.C. – Peach Belt Conference Commissioner David Brunk and USC Aiken Athletic Director Randy Warrick announced on Thursday that the USC Aiken Convocation Center will play host to the Marvin Vanover Peach Belt Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament in March of 2010 and 2011.

The 3,600-seat Convocation Center has hosted the event for the past two seasons.

Completed in April 2007, the Convocation Center is a multifunctional facility that has eight locker rooms, two practice courts, a center-hanging scoreboard, a multi-camera system for web broadcasts and an LED message board.

“USC Aiken is excited that the Peach Belt Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament will continue to be held at the beautiful Convocation Center for the next two seasons,” said Warrick. “We have received a great deal of training in how to host the event over the past two years. We look forward to hosting the other Peach Belt schools and their fans over the course of the next two years. If the next two tournaments are anything like the past two then everyone will be treated to top-notch college basketball.”

USC Aiken had never hosted the PBC Tournament prior to hosting the 17th and 18th Annual PBC Tournaments at the Convocation Center in 2008 and 2009.

With this announcement the PBC Tournament will now have been held in the Aiken/Augusta area on 10 different occasions. Last year’s PBC Tournament marked the eighth time it had been held in the CSRA region.

The Aiken/Augusta region is in the center of the Peach Belt Conference, which has schools in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina currently. The conference is spreading out to Alabama (Montevallo) and Florida (Flagler) in the 2009-10 school year.