The 5th Annual MLK Basketball Jam sponsored by Four Counry Electric Membership Cooperation is scheduled for Monday, January 20th, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Tournament will be hosted by Union High School and will feature some great talent.
This event was created for teams to play against teams that they normally would not have a chance to play against, and for coaches to coach against different styles of play. It is a good indication of what teams may face down the road come playoff time.
The event will bring 3A and 4A teams into the county, including talent that will play basketball at the college level. Seven games will be played Monday, starting with Hobbton and Cape Fear Christian Academy at 10:30 a.m. Union will then play host to the 3A Topsail squad, followed by Laney High School taking on Jack Britt. Laney is of course the high-school of NBA and college basketball legend Michael Jordan. A Laney freshman, Rob Peterson, is son of UNCW head coach Buzz Peterson, who played on the 1982 National Championship alongside Michael Jordan at North Carolina.
The game at 3 p.m. will feature Pender, led by an already sought-after freshman point guard in Jarious Williams taking on Hoke County. Hoke made deep runs in the 4A playoffs for the past three years. At 4:30, junior Cameron May and 4A Pine Forest take on Clinton and their 6’8 senior Thaxter Spruill.
At 6 p.m., Wallace Rose-Hill takes on Lakewood in a game that features familiar foes.
The game that all basketball fans will love to witness is the final game of the evening. It features 1A East Carteret and 3A Westover. East Carteret is a favorite to win the 1A State Championship in March, and they have many big wins to back up the hype. Westover boasts 3 mid-major college recruits on their roster.
Admission to this all-day event is only $6. Tim Pope, Union’s Athletic Director and head basketball coach would like to invite everyone out to the jam for a great day of high-school basketball. “I promise you will not be disappointed in the quality of play that you see on the court” finished Pope.