If you’re a fan of high-quality high school basketball, you don’t want to miss the Detroit Public School League Holiday Hoops Classic Monday and Tuesday at Cass Technical High School.
Story lines abound for the third annual event, which features several of the area’s top boys’ and girls’ teams in 10 big games over the two days after Christmas.
Monday’s five-game schedule includes two girls’ games – Mumford vs. Southeastern (11 a.m) and Pershing vs. Cass Tech (3 p.m.); and three boys games – Denby vs. Utica Ford (1 p.m.), Mumford vs. Southfield (5 p.m.) and Southeastern vs. Detroit Community (7 p.m.).
Tuesday’s five-game slate includes one girls’ game – Renaissance vs. Grosse Pointe South (11 a.m.); and four boys’ games – Ford vs. Riverview (1 p.m.), Renaissance vs. Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett (3 p.m.), Pershing vs. Grosse Pointe North (5 p.m.), and King vs. Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy (7 p.m.)
Admission is just $10 per day and all proceeds benefit the Detroit Public School League.
“This is a chance for fans to spend some time during the holidays with the family and enjoy watching high school basketball at its best,” said Alvin Ward, DPS Office of Athletics Executive Director. “It’s a good opportunity for our players and teams to be seen by a wider audience than just their school’s supporters. The main thing is the competition. With the quality of teams we have, we’re expecting these games to be highly-competitive and entertaining.”
Mumford vs. Southeastern is a tilt that matches PSL twin starters in the Lady Mustangs’ 5-9 junior guards Raven and Raine Bankston and the Lady Jungaleers’ 5-5 senior guards Therese and Cherese Vassar. Another PSL girls’ matchup pits Pershing senior 5-9 senior guard Caprice Dennis, a top collegiate recruit and ranked the No.1 player in the state, against Cass Tech’s Branndais Agee, the Lady Technicians’ 5-11 prep All-American who is headed to Michigan State next fall.
The boys’ action should be hot and heavy based on the latest Detroit News’ boys’ basketball rankings which had Pershing (4), King (7) and Community (8) in the state’s Super 10, and Southeastern, Ford, Mumford, Chandler Park and Grosse Pointe North ranked among the top teams in the metro Detroit area. Fittingly, two of the most highly-anticipated matchups, Southeastern vs. Detroit Community and King vs. Chandler Park will close the show Monday and Tuesday, respectively.