Dr Pepper Classic 2021
Two Nights. Four Games. America's Best.
Per usual, the Sixth McCallie-Dr Pepper Classic field was loaded with talented players and powerhouse teams. Missing from our typical event were the standing-room-only crowds. Because of COVID-19, spectator attendance at the showcase was limited. The pandemic also caused the popular community luncheon, inspirational speaker, and the youth clinic to be cancelled.
Despite the smaller spectator numbers, the fans were treated to four thrilling games and high-flying athleticism, as well as the annual dunk contest and three-point shooting contest. IMG Academy showed why they are ranked among the top five prep teams nationally, and why it annually produces top Division I and future NBA prospects. Knoxville Catholic proved its highly-regarded reputation to be accurate. Hamilton Heights Christian provided energy with a fast, attacking style, and the home-standing Blue Tornado held their own against the stiff competition and produced memorable highlight plays.
IMG defeated Hamilton Heights 64-46 on the first night, and Knox Catholic edged McCallie 59-50. The following night, IMG took care of Knox Catholic 79-52, and Hamilton Heights defeated the Blue Tornado 56-45.
The event is made possible by loyal and supportive sponsors, and many of them were able to catch the exciting action both nights. As always, the Dr Pepper Classic did not disappoint, and the 2021 edition, while different in many regards, left many looking forward to next year’s festivities.
Photos from the weekend are posted here.