Rainier Beach will play Bishop O’Connell in the 2014 Spalding Hoophall Classic on Saturday, Jan. 18 in Springfield, Mass. The game is scheduled for a 12 p.m. PT tip.
The event annually gathers some of the best high school teams in the country during Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend at Springfield College.
Bishop O’Connell (Arlington, Va.) finished last season as the No. 1 team in the Washington D.C. area, as ranked by the Washington Post. It is currently 7-5, but 4-0 in league play.
Melo Trimble, a 6-foot-3 guard, has signed to play basketball at Maryland, while 6-foot-9 forward Stephen Osu has signed with Presbyterian College in South Carolina.
No. 1 Rainier Beach will return to Seattle on Sunday and play O’Dea in the Unity in the Community Hoop Showcase at Garfield High School at 5 p.m. on Monday. No. 2 Garfield and No. 4 Franklin face each other at 7 p.m. in the final game of the event, which is presented by the Roy Foundation. The first game of the day will pit No. 9 Beamer against Jefferson (Ore.).
Garfield did the same thing in 2011, traveling to Massachusetts to play in the Hoophall Classic before returning to play in Seattle on Monday.
“It’s a tough deal,” Garfield coach Ed Haskins said. “It’s a tough deal, but I know Mike [Bethea, Rainier Beach coach] will have those boys ready to play.”