Southwest DeKalb boys, Stephenson in Monday’s semifinals of DeKalb Holiday Basketball Tournament

The semifinals of two of the brackets in the DeKalb County Holiday Basketball Tournament are set for Monday at Arabia Mountain and Martin Luther King Jr. basketball gyms.

The first semifinal in the National Boys Division features Southwest DeKalb (6-2) and Avondale (5-4) in a 4:40 p.m. contest at Arabia Mountain. Southwest advanced to the semifinals with a victory over McNair while Avondale knocked off Clarke Central.

The other boys’ semifinal is set for 8 p.m. at Arabia Mountain as Stephenson (6-1) takes on Alcovy for the opportunity to advance to the championship game at 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Arabia Mountain. Stephenson won their opening round game with Druid Hills 42-37 to advance while Alcovy (6-3) defeated the hosts Arabia Mountain Rams 65-52 to move into the semifinals.

The National Girls Division semifinals features undefeated and Class AAAA No. 6 ranked Chamblee (9-0) taking on the 6-2 Clarke Central Gladiators at 6:20 p.m. at Arabia Mountain. Chamblee defeated the host Arabia Mountain 54-13 to advance while Clarke Central won a 70-13 decision over Avondale.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Lady Lions (4-4) host the Tucker Lady Tigers (3-4) in an 8 p.m. contest at Martin Luther King in the other National Girls’ Division semifinal contest. The Lady Lions advanced with a victory over Therrell while the Lady Tigers defeated Mt. Pisgah in the opening round.

The American Boys Division finals are set for 4:40 p.m. at Martin Luther King as the Lions (9-3) host Chamblee as the teams meet for the third time this season. The Lions won the first two meetings 54-50 and 64-47. Chamblee advanced with victories over Redan and Clarkston (39-31) while the Lions defeated Lakeside 81-60 and nipped Tri-Cities 64-62 to advance.

Central of St. Croix, Virgin Islands can advance to the championship game of the American Girls Division round robin with a win over Druid Hills on Monday at Martin Luther King Jr.

Carver-Atlanta is in the American Girls Division finals at 3 p.m. on Tuesday at Martin Luther King Jr.

– Courtesy of DeKalb Schools SID Mark Brock

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Keal Tillman

December 20th, 2010
4:11 pm

Don’t know if anyone pays attention to up and coming teams but i have had a chance to personally see M.L. King play twice and they are the best ball club i have seen this year that has no big publicity yet. And I do mean YET. They are very skilled, tall, long, and more athletic than most. From what i hear, they are loaded with freshman and Juniors on the varsity and only have one senior. The coaching staff was at powerhouse Miller Grove for the back to back championships, so clearly they should have an idea of what it takes to win. If these guys are in fact freshmen and junior based, I see this ball club being mentioned among the Columbia, Miller Grove, Wheeler, and Milton ranks real soon.