Kamiakin to host 32 basketball teams

July 4, 2013 

The NBA season just ended and March Madness is another nine months away, but the Kamiakin Classic may be enough to sate your basketball thirst this weekend.

With 32 high school basketball teams taking the floor today and Saturday at Kamiakin High School and Highlands Middle School, there should be more than enough talent on hand to impress even the most diehard hoops fan.

Included in this year’s mix of teams is Curtis, which won the Class 4A state championship last year, and Richland, which swept the Mid-Columbia Conference regular season and district titles as well as the 4A regional championship.

The two teams could collide in the championship quarterfinals at 8:20 p.m. today in Kamiakin’s main gym if each team wins its first game.

Also included in the mix is Central Valley, the Greater Spokane League power which finished second in the Class 4A state tournament in 2012 and fourth last season.

At the center of it all is Kamiakin, which kicked off the tourney under Don Schumacher in the early 1980s and kept it going strong ever since.

“It’s a place in the past we’ve been able to attract some high quality teams. It’s kind of turned into a destination tournament,” said Braves coach Brian Meneely, who led Kamiakin to state trophy finishes in 2011 and 2012. “It’s no secret that the more good teams in your area, the more good teams want to come here and play.”

The varsity bracket includes all but two teams from the MCC, including Chiawana, Kennewick, Pasco and Southridge. Grandview, Wapato and Zillah — teams that have made regular appearances at the Class 2A and 1A state tournaments — will also play in the varsity bracket, as well as perennial Columbia River Conference contender Hermiston.

“It’s going to be a nice tournament with a lot of basketball teams the Tri-Cities doesn’t get to see very often,” Meneely said.

Most of the games will be held in three gyms at Kamiakin High School — the main gym, the west gym and the upper gym. The rest will be held at Highlands Middle School, which features a recently re-finished floor.

Meneely said that family vacations and summer jobs may leave a few players out of the mix, but each team should have its top talent on the floor.

“In summer, you’re kind of finding identities for teams and also finding opportunities for players. It gives you an idea of what you need to work on,” Meneely said.

Admission is $3 for each day, and $2 for seniors. Children under 12 years old get in free.

Kamiakin Classic schedule

Main Gym

Friday

Game 1: Kamiakin vs. Sunnyside, 11 a.m.; Game 3: Central Valley ‘2’ vs. Grandview, 12:20 p.m.; Game 5: Central Valley vs. Pasco, 1:40 p.m.; Game 7: Curtis vs. Southridge, 3 p.m.; Game 9: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 4:20 p.m.; Game 11: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 5:40 p.m.; Game 13: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 7 p.m.; Game 15: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 8:20 p.m.

Saturday

Game 17: Game 10 loser vs. Game 12 loser, 8 a.m.; Game 19: Game 10 winner vs. Game 12 winner, 9:20 a.m.; Game 21: Game 9 loser vs. Game 11 loser, 10:40 a.m.; Game 23: Game 9 winner vs. Game 11 winner, noon; Game 25: Game 17 winner vs. Game 18 winner, 1:20 p.m.; Game 27: Game 19 loser vs. Game 20 loser, 2:40 p.m.; (fourth/seventh place) Game 29: Game 21 winner vs. Game 22 winner, 4 p.m.; (Championship) Game 31: Game 23 winner vs. Game 24 winner, 5:20 p.m.

West Gym

Friday

Game 2: University vs. Zillah, 11 a.m.; Game 4: Chiawana vs. Wapato, 12:20 p.m.; Game 6: Richland vs. Prosser, 1:40 p.m.; Game 8: Kennewick vs. Hermiston, 3 p.m.; Game 10: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 4:20 p.m.; Game 12: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser, 5:40 p.m.; Game 14: Game 5 loser vs. Game 6 loser, 7 p.m.; Game 16: Game 7 loser vs. Game 8 loser, 8:20 p.m.

Saturday

Game 18: Game 14 loser vs. Game 16 loser, 8 a.m.; Game 20: Game 14 winner vs. Game 16 winner, 9:20 a.m.; Game 22: Game 13 loser vs. Game 15 loser, 10:40 a.m.; Game 24: Game 13 winner vs. Game 15 winner, noon; Game 26: Game 17 winner vs. Game 18 winner, 1:20 p.m.; (fifth/eighth place) Game 28: Game 19 winner vs. Game 20 winner, 2:40 p.m.; Game 30: Game 21 loser vs. Game 22 loser, 4 p.m.; Game 32: (third/sixth place) Game 23 loser vs. Game 24 loser, 5:20 p.m.

Upper Gym

Friday

Zillah ‘2’ vs. Kiona-Benton ‘2’, 11 a.m.; Pasco ‘2’ vs. Prosser ‘2’, 12:20 p.m.; Columbia-Burbank vs. Connell, 1:40 p.m.; Kiona-Benton vs. Richland ‘2’, 3 p.m.; Hermiston ‘3’ vs. Zillah ‘2’, 4:20 p.m.; Prosser ‘2’ vs. Southridge ‘2’, 5:40 p.m.; Kamiakin ‘2’ vs. Chiawana ‘2’, 7 p.m.; Columbia-Burbank vs. Kiona-Benton, 8:20 p.m.

Saturday

Southridge ‘2’ vs. Pasco ‘2’, 8 a.m.; Wapato ‘2’ vs. Prosser ‘2’, 9:20 a.m.; Richland ‘2’ vs. Chiawana ‘2’, 10:40 a.m.; Connell vs. Kamiakin ‘2’, noon; Zillah ‘2’ vs. Southridge ‘2’, 1:20 p.m.; Kiona-Benton ‘2’ vs. Wapato ‘2’, 2:40 p.m.; Columbia-Burbank ‘2’ vs. Richland ‘2’, 4 p.m.; Connell vs. Kiona-Benton, 5:20 p.m.

Highlands Middle School

Friday

Kamiakin ‘3’ vs. Hermiston ‘3’, 11 a.m.; Southridge ‘2’ vs. Wapato ‘2’, 12:20 p.m.; Kamiakin ‘2’ vs. Kennewick ‘2’, 1:40 p.m.; Chiawana ‘2’ vs. Hermiston ‘2’, 3 p.m.; Kamiakin ‘3’ vs. Kiona-Benton ‘2’, 4:20 p.m.; Pasco ‘2’, vs. Waoaso, 5:40 p.m.; Hermiston ‘2’ vs. Kennewick ‘2’, 7 p.m.; Richland ‘2’ vs. Connell, 8:20 p.m.

Saturday

Kamiakin ‘3’ vs. Zillah ‘2’, 8 a.m.; Kiona-Benton ‘2’ vs. Hermiston ‘3’, 9:20 a.m.; Hermiston ‘2’ vs. Kiona-Benton, 10:40 a.m.; Kennewick ‘2’ vs. Columbia-Burbank, noon; Kamiakin ‘3’ vs. Pasco ‘2’, 1:20 p.m.; Hermiston ‘3’ vs. Prosser ‘2’, 2:40 p.m.; Kamiakin ‘2’ vs. Hermiston ‘2’, 4 p.m.; Kennewick ‘2’ vs. Chiawana ‘2’, 5:20 p.m.

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