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Jan062012

Seven Games plus Skills Challenge Nationally Televised on ESPN Networks During Basketball Hall of Fame’s Five-Day 2012 Spalding Hoophall Classic

Five of the nation’s Top 6 ESPN FAB 50 teams face-off in the birthplace of basketball at the prestigious Hoophall Classic from January 12-16 in Springfield, Mass.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – With seven nationally televised games, five days of exciting action and over 45 participating teams, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2012 Spalding Hoophall Classic, presented by Big Y World Class Markets, will once again be held at Springfield College’s Blake Arena from January 12-16 during Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend.  This year’s exciting matchups include six of the top eight teams from the ESPN FAB 50 including No. 1 Simeon Career Academy (Chicago, IL), No. 2 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA), No. 4 St. Anthony High School (Jersey City, NJ), coached by Basketball Hall of Famer Bob Hurley, Sr., No. 5 DeMatha Catholic High School (Hyattsville, MD), No. 6. Findlay College Prep (Henderson, NV) and No. 8 Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, CA).

Seven games plus the Spalding Skills Competition will be televised nationally on the ESPN Networks on Sunday and Monday, four games will be televised on Connecticut Public Television and one game will be broadcast on Sirius XM Radio channel 92 on Monday.

Television/Radio Broadcast Schedule:
Fri/6:00 pm - W. Springfield Girls (MA) vs. Cicero North Girls (NY) - CPTV
Sat/12:00 pm - Springfield Central (MA) vs. Windsor High School (CT) - CPTV
Sat/6:00 pm - No. 2 Oak Hill (VA) vs. No. 23 Prestonwood Christian (TX) - CPTV
Sat/8:00 pm - Northwest Catholic (CT) vs. No. 5 DeMatha Catholic (MD) - CPTV
Sun/2:00 pm - Friends' Central (PA) vs. St. Mark's (MA) - ESPNU
Sun/4:00 pm - Brewster Academy (NH) vs. Tilton School (NH) - ESPN
Sun/6:00 pm - New Hampton Prep (NH) vs. Notre Dame Prep (MA) - ESPN3
Sun/8:30 pm - Spalding Skills Contest (Half-Court Hustle, Slam Dunk, 3-Point) - ESPN3
Mon/11:00 am - No. 34 Miller Grove (GA) vs. No. 4 St. Anthony (NJ) - ESPNU/SiriusXM channel 92
Mon/1:00 pm - No. 24 Bishop Gorman (NV) vs. No. 5 DeMatha Catholic (MD) - ESPNU
Mon/3:00 pm - No. 1 Simeon (IL) vs. No. 6 Findlay Prep (NV) - ESPNU
Mon/5:00 pm - No. 8 Mater Dei (CA) vs. Christ the King (NY) - ESPNU

The 2012 Spalding Hoophall Classic also continues its tradition of talented players by featuring more than 25 of the current ESPNU Top 100 in the class of 2012, including No. 1 Shabazz Muhammad (Bishop Gorman High School/Las Vegas, NV), No. 2 Mitch McGary (Brewster Academy/Wolfeboro,NH), No. 4 Brandon Ashley (Findlay Prep/Henderson, NV), No. 5 Kyle Anderson (St. Anthony High School/Jersey City, NJ), No. 6 Kaleb Tarczewski (St. Mark’s School/Southborough, MA), No. 7 Anthony Bennett (Findlay College Prep/Henderson, NV), No. 9 Grant Jerrett (LaVerne Lutheran/LaVerne, CA) as well as the top three ESPNU 2013 standouts Jabari Parker (Simeon Career Academy/Chicago, IL), Nerlens Noel (Tilton High School/Tilton, NH) and Julius Randle (Prestonwood Christian/Plano, TX).

On Friday night, the nation’s No. 1 girls recruit, Breanna Stewart, will lead Cicero-North against West Springfield High School.  Stewart has committed to play for UConn next year.

Last year’s games were highlighted by current college standouts Anthony Davis (Kentucky), Michael Gilchrist (Kentucky), Myck Kabongo (Texas), Shannon Scott (Ohio State) and Quinn Cook (Duke).  Spalding Hoophall Classic alumni who made their mark in this year’s 2011 NBA draft include No. 1 draft pick Kyrie Irving (Cleveland), Tristan Thompson (Cleveland), Brandon Knight (Detroit), Kemba Walker (Charlotte), Josh Selby (Memphis), Cory Joseph (San Antonio), and Tobias Harris (Milwaukee).        

In addition to the game, Spalding also sponsors the Spalding Skills Challenge. The Skills Challenge features three events including the Spalding Half-Court Hustle, Spalding 3-Point Shootout and the Spalding Slam Dunk Contest at Blake Arena on Sunday, January 15th.  An associated youth tournament, Junior Hoophall Classic, will return this year with details located at www.basketbull.org.  

MassLive.com, the online home of The Republican, will provide extensive coverage of the 2012 Hoophall Classic including game stories, videos, stats, photos and player interviews. Log on to MassLive.com/HoophallClassic for complete coverage.  

The Basketball Hall of Fame’s Spalding Hoophall Classic is presented by Big Y World Class Markets, with premium sponsorship from Northeast Utilities. Supporting sponsors for the Hoophall Classic are NIKE, MassMutual Financial Group and Springfield College.  The RUSH, which has been added as the official videographer this year, is a company that captures highlights of sporting events, which are sent to subscriber’s smartphones and computers in real time.

Tickets for the event are $15 for adults and $10 for youth/students (18 and under). All patrons that present a Big Y World Class Market Savings Card will receive a $1 discount on each ticket purchased.  For more information, please visit the official web site, www.thehoophallclassic.com.  

About Spalding
Division of Russell Corporation, the Spalding Group is now the largest basketball equipment supplier in the world. Spalding is the official basketball of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), the official backboard of the NBA and NCAA, the official volleyball of the King of the Beach Volleyball Tour and the official football of Pop Warner. In addition to being the leading producer and marketer of basketballs, footballs, volleyballs and soccer balls, Spalding produces softballs under the Dudley brand. For more information, visit www.spalding.com.

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the birthplace of basketball, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate, men and women.  For more information on these and other upcoming events, please visit our website at www.hoophall.com or call 1-877-4-HOOPLA.

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