"THE 602": Back at the Birthplace of Basketball

"VIEWS FROM THE 602" POSITION SPORTS BLOG

It’s that time of the year again.  Long lines outside in freezing weather.  Standing room only crowds.  These are diehard basketball fans at their best … all waiting to experience the Spalding Hoophall Classic, the most legendary high school basketball showcase in the country.

Tune-in this MLK Weekend for the 16th annual event put on by the Basketball Hall of Fame and held at the birthplace of basketball, Springfield College.  This will be 11th year of the Position Sports partnership with the Hall of Fame.

The five-day event features the top five-ranked teams in the country including elite matchups as Westtown School (PA) vs. Hillcrest Prep (AZ), Montverde Academy (FL) vs. Bishop Montgomery (CA), and #1 La Lumiere (IN) vs. #2 Sierra Canyon (CA).

Other exciting match ups include DeMatha Catholic (MD) vs. Bishop Gorman (NV), The Patrick School (NJ) vs. Pace Academy (GA), and Oak Hill Academy (VA) vs. Nathan Hale (WA).

Last year’s Spalding Hoophall Classic games were highlighted by Bam Adebayo (Kentucky), Frank Jackson (Duke), Malik Monk (Kentucky), Kobi Simmons (Arizona) and Jayson Tatum (Duke). This year you can expect more rising stars in this year’s contest with a total 26 players out of the ESPN Top 100.

Follow @Hoophall, @HoophallClassic and @PositionSports on Twitter and Instagram for exclusive behind-the-scenes looks as we promote the game of basketball across the country!

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(Boys) Thursday, January 12th – All times local

3:00PM - Easthampton High School, MA vs.  Ellington High School, CT

4:30PM - Hopkins High School, MA vs. Palmer High School, MA

6:00PM - Sabis Charter School, MA vs. Taconic High School, MA

7:30 PM - East Longmeadow High School, MA vs. Pope Francis High School, MA

9:00 PM - Springfield Central High School, MA vs. Putnam High School, MA

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(Girls) Friday, January 13th – All times local

3:00PM - Granby High School, MA vs. South Hadley High School, MA  

4:30PM - Chicopee Comp High School, MA vs. Holyoke High School, MA

6:00PM - Braintree High School, MA vs. Enfield High School, CT

7:30PM - Bishop Feehan High School, MA vs. Long Beach Poly, CA

9:00PM - Springfield Central High School, MA vs. Ss. John Neumann-Maria Goretti, PA

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(Boys) Saturday, January 14th – All times local

12 NOON - Weaver High School, CT vs. Roselle Catholic High School, NJ

1:30PM - St. Anthony High School, TX vs. Hudson Catholic High School, NJ

3:00PM - Archbishop Molloy High School, NY vs. Notre Dame High School, CT

4:30PM - DeMatha Catholic High School, MD vs. Bishop Gorman High School, NV

6:00PM - Cambridge Rindge and Latin, MA vs. Crossroads School, CA

8:00PM - Westtown School, PA vs. Hillcrest Prep, AZ  - TELEVISED ON ESPN

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(Boys) Sunday, January 15th – All times local

9:00AM - New Hampton School, NH vs. Blair Academy, NJ

10:45AM - Brewster Academy, NH vs. CBD - Montverde Academy, FL

12:30PM - Putnam Science Academy, CT vs. Vermont Academy, VT

2:15PM - IMG Academy, FL vs. Wasatch Academy, UT

4:00PM - Ss. John Neumann-Maria Goretti, PA vs. Greensboro Day School, NC

5:45PM - Commonwealth Academy, MA vs. Cushing Academy, MA

7:30PM - MacDuffie School, MA vs. Wilbraham and Monson Academy, MA

9:15PM - Suffield Academy, CT vs. Northfield Mount Hermon School, MA

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(Boys) Monday, January 16th – All times local

9:00AM - St. Anthony High School, NJ vs. Jemison High School, AL

11:00AM - The Patrick School, NJ vs. Pace Academy, GA - TELEVISED ON ESPNU  

1:00PM - Oak Hill Academy, VA vs. Nathan Hale High School, WA - TELEVISED ON ESPNU

3:00PM - Montverde Academy, FL vs. Bishop Montgomery HS, CA - TELEVISED ON ESPNU  

5:00PM - LaLumiere School, IN vs. Sierra Canyon School, CA - TELEVISED ON ESPNU

7:00PM - Springfield Central High School, MA vs. Hillhouse High School, CT