While many will have Monday off to celebrate the birth of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 16 area girls’ basketball teams will gather at Pacifica’s Terra Nova High School for a one-day, eight-game extravaganza.
The Tigers will be hosting the fourth annual Martin Luther King Game Day event for the second straight year and will draw the 6 p.m. game against Palo Alto. Tigers coach Kareem Summerville is looking forward to hosting the showcase once again.
“It should be a great shootout,” Summerville said. “The teams are matched up pretty evenly.”
The event’s first two years were held at Westmoor, but a new host site was needed in 2010 and Summerville eagerly stepped up.
“We wanted to try it out [last year] and see how it worked out,” Summerville said of last year’s shootout. “It was very successful and we’re very excited to have it back here once again.”
All of the teams have already begun their normal Tuesday-Thursday league game routine, but Summerville sees a silver lining in a one-day break from the league grind and not just for his team.
“It’s an extra game to make sure we are where we want to be as a team,” Summerville said. “And it gives us a chance to see some possible opponents when we get into the Central Coast Section and NorCal playoffs later on.”
The first game of the day tips off at 9 a.m. with University, which advanced to the second round of the state playoffs in 2010, taking on Westmoor, a CCS playoff qualifier in 2010, followed by Mount Eden (Hayward) and Oceana at 10:30 a.m.
Albany, which reached the second round of the North Coast Section playoffs last year, will face El Camino, which made it to the third round of the CCS playoffs last year, at noon, and Liberty (Brentwood) will play The City’s Washington at 1:30 p.m.
Deer Valley (Antioch) — a state semifinalist last season — will face 2010 CCS playoff qualifier St. Francis (Mountain View) at 3 p.m., with Evergreen Valley (San Jose) playing Burlingame at 4:30 p.m.
After Terra Nova, who advanced to the quarterfinals of the CCS playoffs last year, and Palo Alto, who was also a playoff team last spring, wrap up, the final game of the day will start at 7:30 p.m. with Pleasant Grove of Elk Grove, which went 1-1 in last year’s Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs, facing Eastside College Prep, which made it to the CCS semifinals last season.
Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for seniors and youths ages 6 to 12. Attendees 5 and under are free.
MLK Game Day schedule
All games played at Terra Nova High School.
9 a.m. — University vs. Westmoor
10:30 a.m. — Mount Eden vs. Oceana
Noon — Albany vs. El Camino
1:30 p.m. — Liberty vs. Washington
3 p.m. — Deer Valley vs. St Francis
4:30 p.m. — Evergreen Valley vs. Burlingame
6 p.m. — Palo Alto vs. Terra Nova
7:30 p.m. — Pleasant Grove vs. East Side Prep