Here’s a quick rundown of the country’s top boys’ basketball tournaments.
CHICK-FIL-A CLASSIC (Columbia, S.C.)
If you ever doubted the strength of star power in high school hoops show up to the Chick-fil-A Classic on Monday at 6:30 p.m. and head over to the auxiliary gym and try to watch Trinity Christian School (Fayetteville, N.C.) go head-to-head against Hammond (Columbia, S.C.) in the consolation bracket.
Trust us you’ll be disappointed.
Due to the overwhelming buzz surrounding the game, which pits Hammond’s Seventh Woods against Trinity Christian’s Dennis Smith Jr., the tournament is moving the consolation game to the main gym at 5:25 p.m. and sending the national semifinals to the auxiliary gym.
Hey, gotta give the people what they want.
The last time the pair met up was in the High School OT Holiday Invitational a year ago; Smith’s Crusaders prevailed, 79-65.
Here’s how it all went down.
TARKANIAN CLASSIC (LAS VEGAS)
Redondo (Redondo Beach, Calif.) is officially a force to be reckoned with on the national high school hoops scene.
The Sea Hawks made a major statement this past weekend, knocking off Putnam City (Oklahoma City, Okla.), 66-51, to win the Platinum Division title at the Tarkanian Classic.
Leland Green led the Sea Hawks with 14 points, five rebounds and five assists in the win.
IOLANI PREP CLASSIC (Honolulu, Hawaii)
No. 3 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) overcame a dominant performance by No. 11 Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland, Calif.) center Ivan Rabb (27 points and 12 rebounds) to take home the Iolani Prep Classic title on Sunday. It is the seventh time Oak Hill has won the tournament, the first was in 1999.
Dwayne Bacon, a Florida State signee, and Terrence Phillips, the tournaments’ MVP, combined for 28 points in the win.
CITY OF PALMS CLASSIC (Fort Myers, Fla.)
The semifinals are set for Monday:
– No. 1 Montverde (Montverde, Fla.) vs. Trinity (Louisville, Ky.)
– No. 2 Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.) vs. No. 10 Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.)
Everyone wants to see No. 1 vs. No. 2 come Tuesday night; Montverde’s Ben Simmons vs. Wesleyan Christian’s Harry Giles III.
Both the Eagles and the Trojans are favored to win their respective games, but Wheeler and Trinity are not slouches.
LEBRON JAMES CLASSIC (Akron, Ohio)
One USA Today HSS Super 25 team went down and one proved its dominance this past weekend at the LeBron James Classic in Ohio.
No. 20 St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, N.J.) fell to James’ alma mater St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron, Ohio), 63-57, on Saturday before bouncing back the following day with a, 75-66, win over Shaker Heights (Shaker Heights, Ohio).
No. 8 Huntington Prep (Huntington, W.Va.) rolled past Hughes (Cincinnati), 61-38, on Saturday and kept it rolling Sunday with a, 76-64, win over Timken (Canton, Ohio).
HIGH SCHOOL OT HOLIDAY INVITATIONAL (Raleigh, N.C.)
After No. 2 Wesleyan Christian Academy finishes up at the City of Palms Classic they’ll open a few Christmas presents and head back home to North Carolina to play in the HSOT, which runs from Dec. 26-30.
Trinity Christian School’s Dennis Smith Jr., Kinston’s (Kinston, N.C.) Brandon Ingram and Orangeville Prep’s (Ontario, Canada) Thon Maker are just a few of the elite players scheduled to suit up.
BEACH BALL CLASSIC (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)
What better way to finish off the holiday season than at the beach?
Sixteen teams from all over the country will converge on Myrtle Beach, S.C., to participate in the Beach Ball Classic, which runs from Dec. 26-31.
Bishop Gorman’s (Las Vegas) Stephen Zimmerman and Chase Jeter and Spring Valley’s (Columbia, S.C.) Perry Dozier Jr. are just a few of the elite players scheduled to participate.
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