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This week in Springfield, Missouri, 64 teams are competing for a national championship. The eventual champion will need to win 6 consecutive games against teams from all over the United States. Sound familiar? Well, the National Christian Homeschool Basketball Championships (NCHBC) may not be the first basketball tournament that comes to mind when fans think of the term "March Madness," but it is certainly an exciting experience for the roughly 8,000 high school players and fans who flood Springfield every year to see the best homeschool basketball teams compete.
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And the greater Augusta, Georgia, area's premiere independent school team, the August Eagles, which currently consists of home schooled students exclusively, hopes to make its first experience in the national championships a positive one. "We have known about this tournament since we formed the team three years ago, and we have always looked forward to competing here. There are some great teams here, and the tournament is very well run," Eagles coach Chad Cook explains.
The tournament is divided into eight brackets, each consisting of eight teams. Augusta secured a #1 seed in its bracket. But Coach Cook and his players know that seeds mean nothing once play begins. "The teams in our bracket are outstanding. We could have easily been a lower seed. Advancing deep into this tournament will require a very good performance," Coach Cook shared before the team's first game. The team won its initial game, 78-38 against the Southern Missouri Rush, Monday evening. The Eagles play the Fort Smith Patriots (from Fort Smith, Arkansas) Tuesday evening at 7:30 P.M. (Central Time) for the right to enter the tournament's "Sweet Sixteen" round.
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