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Nashville's Bridgestone Arena

Commander teams to play at Bridgestone
On day after Tennessee plays Gonzaga in the "Battle on Broadway" Sunday, Dec. 18 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, the 20,000-seat facility will give way to to a high school basketball doubleheader featuring a Wilson County program.

Friendship Christian School and Goodpasture have agreed to moved their scheduled Monday, Dec. 19 games at the Bay Family Sportsplex to the mammouth downtown Nashville site.

The FCS girls will take the floor at 2:15 p.m. followed by the Goodpasture vs. Friendship boys game.

No admission will be charged.

It seems maintenance crews at Bridgestone won't be in a hurry to break down the portable basketball floor following Sunday's contest, allowing a window of opportunity for another contest to be held before switching back to a hockey surface.

"This was Ben's (FCS boys coach Johnson) idea," said FCS athletic director John McNeal. "We'll be losing a pretty good home gate, but it ought to be a great experience for the kids to play in that facility."

McNeal indicated that the athletic programs at Friendship and Goodpasture would be splitting costs for the contest -- such as rent for the facility, officials and the like.

"It all came together pretty fast," McNeal said, "in less than a week."

Tuesday night finals --
LEBANON -- Friendship's basketball teams swept a doubleheader from Providence Christian Tuesday at the Bay Family Sportsplex.

The Commanders won 56-25 as Zach Blair scored 22 points. Nolan Painter added 10 and hanley Sobieszczyk chipped in with six.

FCS ran out to a 20-7 lead and never looked back, improving to 3-4 on the season.

In the girls' contest, the Lady Commanders rolled to a 55-49 victory over Providence.

Ashlyn Pittman had 23 points while her twin sister Hailey scored 11.

Autumn Groves had nine points and Rebecca Petross four as FCS improved to 2-4 on the season.

The Friendship Christian teams are scheduled to visit Hendersonville Christian Thursday, Dec. 8 in a 6 p.m. doubleheader.

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