The marquee game between Rainier Beach High School and Garfield High School wrapped a long day of high school hoops at the King Holiday Hoopfest on Monday. Garfield won 63-58.
Washington verbal commits Tony Wroten Jr. (29 points) of Garfield and Hikeem Stewart (14 points) of Rainier Beach were the shine used for sales.
But this was more a day about community wrapped in basketball. A stirring spoken word was delivered to open a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., which preceded the final game. A pastor delivered inspirational words. Two young women spoke about stereotypes.
Local basketball cognoscenti was present. Washington State head coach Ken Bone hobnobbed with old boss Lorenzo Romar. Seattle University head coach Cameron Dollar, also a product of the Romar coaching tree, sat courtside with his assistants.
Agents, want-to-be agents and overzealous adults were strewn throughout, and the video board reminded of the alumni from prior hoopfest gatherings: Brandon Roy, Nate Robinson, Terrence Williams, Aaron Brooks, et al.
Noel Zanchelli captured the end of the event for Sportspress Northwest.