Dec 26, 2012
Basketball fans get a belated Christmas gift Wednesday when the 41st annual HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational tips in two locations in the Triangle.
Play begins Wednesday with boys games at Broughton High School in Raleigh and girls games at Cary Academy and culminates in three championship games Saturday night at Broughton's Holliday Gymnasium.
Tickets are $12 general admission ($6 for fans under 10) at each site, available only at the door. All tickets are good for the full day of games at that site.
Wednesday's boys games:
12:40 p.m.: Garner v. Goldsboro (4-Team Game 1)
2:20 p.m.: Leesville v. Dudley (4-Team Game 2)
4 p.m.: Broughton v. Person County (Summit Game 1)
7:20 p.m.: Webb v. Clinton (Randolph Game 2)
9 p.m.: Word of God v. Apex (Randolph Game 1)
Wednesday's girls games:
2 p.m.: Cary Academy v. Hillside (Mix 101.5 Game 1)
3:30 p.m.: Broughton v. Holly Springs (Mix 101.5 Game 2)
5 p.m.: Rocky Mount v. Dudley (Mix 101.5 Game 3)
6:30 p.m.: East Wake v. Myers Park (Mix 101.5 Game 4)
The tournament is regularly rated among the best in the country, and the 2012 field features recruits committed to the University of North Carolina, Duke University, North Carolina State University and the University of Kentucky.
Garner, a tournament champion in 2011, begins Wednesday's slate of games facing Goldsboro at 12:40 p.m.
The host Cary Academy girls tip off the eight-team tournament at 2 p.m. against Hillside.
In the evening, home team Broughton faces a quick challenge against powerful Person County, a team that features senior Tyrone Outlaw Jr. Outlaw, the reigning PAC 6 Player of the Year who has committed to play at UNC-Greensboro next season. The Caps and Rockets meet at 5:40 p.m.
The nightcap of the girls tournament pits East Wake against defending champions Myers Park out of Charlotte.
Person's only two losses this season have come against J.F. Webb (8-0), which makes its tournament debut Wednesday at 7:20 p.m. against Clinton.
Person County senior Tyrone Outlaw Jr. and two of his teammates have a legacy to uphold. They represent the Rockets first Holiday Invitational appearance since 1994 – a year in which each of the trio had a father on the Person team.
Webb senior forward Isaiah Hicks has committed to the Tar Heels. UNC fans will get to preview his talents beginning with a game against Clinton.