Local High School basketball teams have always taken a break from their normal schedules over the holiday break, and some will then compete in holiday tournaments and invitationals. This year is no different with plenty of good holiday basketball action to see around this area. Here is a look at all the local action this week.
Don Jackson Holiday Classic @ Kalamazoo Central
This has become one of the top places to watch great high school talent from around the state over the Holiday break. For a few years now K-Central has been bringing in great teams from around the state to compete in a one day showcase. It doesn’t change this year. The second game features Jackson and Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills who defeated the Giants last week. In the third game defending Class B state champion Lansing Sexton will face Class C state power River Rouge. Sexton features big man Jalen Hayes who has already committed to play at Oakland next year. In the final game K-Central will face talent packed Lansing Eastern. Eastern brings to the table three players who could be playing college basketball next year, two of which could be at the division one level. Charles Tucker is listed on rivals.com website as a three star prospect choosing between a number of smaller D-1 schools including Kent State, Toledo and Jacksonville State. Their other guard is Fredrick Edmond who reportedly is being looked at by schools such as Butler, Cincinnati and Dayton.
Kalamazoo Phoenix vs. South Haven Saturday @ 2:30
Jackson vs. Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills Saturday @ 4:15
River Rouge vs. Lansing Sexton Saturday @ 5:45
Lansing Eastern vs. Kalamazoo Central Saturday @ 7:00
@ Loy Norrix
Loy Norrix will once again host a Holiday tournament in which they welcome in talent from around the state. This year Flint International Academy and U-D Jesuit will travel from the east side to compete. Flint International comes in with a 5-1 record while U-D Jesuit comes in at 2-0. Cassopolis will be the final team involved in this two day tournament.
Flint International Academy vs. U-D Jesuit Thursday @ 4:30
Loy Norrix vs. Cassopolis Thursday @ 7:30
Consolation Game Friday @ 4:30
Championship Game Friday @ 7:30
@ Zeeland East
Plainwell is taking a big step up in competition when they head to Zeeland for a holiday tournament. The Trojans will face the host school in the first game on Thursday in the primetime slot at 8:00. Win or lose they will then face either Holland West Ottawa or Jenison in the second game. Zeeland comes in undefeated at 5-0. Jenison comes in with a 3-1 record and features Junior Luke DieKevers who is reportedly receiving interest from WMU and CMU. Holland West Ottawa comes in at 2-2.
Jenison vs. Holland West Ottawa Thursday @ 6:00
Plainwell vs. Zeeland East Thursday @ 8:00
Consolation Friday @ 6:00
Championship Friday @ 8:00
A & K Enterprises Holiday Basketball Tournament
This holiday tournament has become a staple of the holiday break and past tournaments have proved to be very entertaining. It features different levels of play with two class C teams, one Class B and one Class A. Over the years Kalamazoo Christian has dominated this tournament, but in recent years results have been mixed. Sturgis is the defending champions as they beat Portage Northern 47-46 in last year’s championship.
Kalamazoo Christian @ Sturgis Thursday @ 7:30
Bronson @ Portage Northern Thursday @ 7:30
Consolation Friday @ Kalamazoo Christian 4:30
Championship Friday @ Kalamazoo Christian 7:30
Centreville Holiday Tournament
The highlight of this tournament could be the likely match-up between Mendon and Decatur in the Championship on Friday. Both teams come in undefeated.
Mendon vs. Eau Claire Thursday @ 5:30
Decatur vs. Centreville Thursday @ 7:00
Consolation Friday @ 5:30
Championship Friday @ 7:00
White Pigeon Holiday Tournament
Some good small school talent will be on the court in White Pigeon. The night cap game of the first day with White Pigeon and Gobles could be very entertaining.
Niles Brandywine vs. Comstock Thursday @ 6:00
Gobles vs. White Pigeon Thursday @ 7:15
Consolation game Friday @ 5:00
Championship Game Friday @ 7:00