Five boys teams were ranked in the Observer's preseason Sweet 16: No. 1 Hopewell, No. 2 Concord Cannon, No. 6 Ardrey Kell, No. 7 Charlotte Christian and No. 16 Harding.
Four girls teams were ranked: No. 3 Gastonia Forestview, No. 10 Harding, No. 12 Hopewell and No. 14 Mallard Creek.
The tournament runs Dec. 28-30. The Dec. 28 games will be at the Grady Cole Center. The best first day game features N.C. public school state semifinalist Hopewell against private school state semifinalist Charlotte Christian. Hopewell beat Cannon 57-55 to win the local boys division championship last season. Charlotte Christian won four straight local division championships before that.
Christian and Hopewell will play at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 28 at Grady Cole.
Tickets are $10 per day for students and youth and $12 for adults. A three-day pass for students and youth is $28. It's $34 for adults.
Boys and Girls
Dec. 28-30 at Grady Cole Center, Bojangles’ Coliseum
Dec. 28 at Grady Cole: Concord Robinson boys vs. Ardrey Kell, 9 a.m.; West Meck girls vs. Harding, 10:40 a.m.; Hopewell girls vs. Ardrey Kell, 12:10 p.m.; Victory Christian vs. Greenville (SC) Southside, 1:50 p.m.; Gastonia Forestview girls vs. W. Charlotte, 3:30 p.m.; Victory Christian girls vs. Mallard Creek, 5:10 p.m.; Concord Cannon vs. Harding, 6:50 p.m.; Hopewell vs. Charlotte Christian, 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 29 at Bojangles’ Coliseum: Robinson/Kell loser vs. Hopewell/Christian loser, 9 a.m.; Forestview/W. Charlotte girls loser vs. Hopewell/Kell loser, 10:40 a.m.; West Meck girls/Harding loser vs. Victory/Mallard loser, 12:10 p.m.; Cannon/Harding loser vs. Victory/Southside loser, 1:50 p.m.; Robinson/Kell winner vs. Hopewell/Christian winner, 3:30 p.m. (3-point halftime shootout part 1); Forestview girls/W. Charlotte winner vs. Hopewell/Ardrey Kell winner, 5:10 p.m.; West Meck/Harding girls winner vs. Victory/Mallard, 6:50 p.m.; Cannon/Harding winner vs. Victory/Southside winner, 8:30 p.m. (Halftime: 3 pt shooting contest, part 2)
Dec. 30 at Bojangles’ Coliseum: Consolation games at 9 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 12:10 p.m., 1:50 p.m.; Boys third place, 3:30 p.m; Girls third place, 5:10 p.m.; Girls championship, 6:50 p.m.; Boys championship, 8:30 p.m.