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Previewing the area Martin Luther King Jr. Day tournaments

Breaking down the top games and story lines at the top local holiday hoops events.


Seattle Times staff reporter

Top local tournaments on Monday

Unity in the Community Hoop Showcase

Where: Garfield High School

Schedule: Rainier Beach vs. O’Dea (boys), 3 p.m. (Broadcast on ROOT); Garfield vs. Franklin (boys), 5 p.m. (Broadcast on ROOT); Beamer vs. Jefferson (Portland, Ore.), 7 p.m.

King Showcase

Where: ShoWare Center (Kent) Schedule: Kentwood vs. Todd Beamer (girls) 9 a.m.; Arlington vs. Newport (boys), 10:30 a.m.; Mount Rainier vs. Richland (boys), noon; Mount Rainier vs. Inglemoor (girls), 2 p.m.; Mountlake Terrace vs. Central Catholic (Portland, Ore.) (boys), 3:30 p.m.; Auburn vs. Foss (boys), 5 p.m.; Auburn Mountainview vs. Timberline (boys), 7 p.m.; Kentwood vs. Enumclaw (boys), 8:30 p.m.

King Holiday Hoopfest

Where: Bellevue College Schedule: Ballard vs. Cleveland (boys), 11 a.m.; Wilson vs. Cleveland (girls), 12:30 p.m.; Federal Way vs. Bothell (boys), 2:30 p.m.; Lincoln vs. Jackson (boys), 4 p.m.; Columbia Christian (Portland, Ore.) vs. Issaquah (boys), 6 p.m.; Bellevue vs. Wilson (boys), 7:30 p.m.

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High-school basketball fans will be treated to a jam-packed day of high-end matchups Monday as three local events highlight Martin Luther King Jr. Day: The Roy Foundation Presents Unity in the Community Hoop Showcase at Garfield High School, the King Holiday Hoopfest at Bellevue College and the King Showcase at the Showare Center

Here are some things to keep an eye on Monday:

Boys game of the day

Garfield and Franklin face off at 5 p.m. in the Unity in the Community Hoop Showcase. The old rivals played last season for the first time in four years, but this will be a precursor for many matchups to come, as reclassification will move Garfield back to the Metro League next season.

Girls game of the day

No. 1 Cleveland faces No. 7 Wilson in what promises to be a thrilling contest at 12:30 p.m. in the King Holiday Hoopfest. Cleveland has been too much for the Metro League to handle, limiting opponents to single-digits twice this season and scoring more than 70 in its last five games.

Story line to watch

Rainier Beach has not hidden its desire to win the national championship this year. Of course, a state title is an integral part of that, but the Vikings had one more national test to take care of this past weekend.

Rainier Beach beat Bishop O’Connell (Va.) 65-60 in the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass., but will have little rest before its matchup against a tough O’Dea squad at 3 p.m. at Garfield High School.

Intriguing matchup

Bellevue and Wilson face each other at 7:30 p.m. in the finale of the King Holiday Hoopfest at Bellevue College. The No. 3 Wolverines have been playing terrific basketball recently, but will run into a talented young squad in the No. 2 Rams.



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