Kevin Brown Memorial Tournament of Champions to be big test for local teams

Published: Nov. 22, 2021 at 9:34 PM CST
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WASHINGTON (25 NEWS) - The nation’s best high school basketball tournament, The Kevin Brown Memorial Tournament of Champions, tips off Tuesday. It will be a big test for our local teams.

The Washington Thanksgiving Tournament of Champions has always been special, but it’s become extraordinary in the past couple of years as the Kevin Brown Memorial Tournament of Champions.

“So, for 15 years, this tournament has been phenomenal,” Eric Schermerhorn, Washington coach, said. “But the tournament’s grown to something so much bigger now. You know, it’s renamed after Coach Brown, money gets donated at the end of the tournament.

“So, we’ve now got 40 some odd Division 1 guys coming, future NBA guys, but I think the best part is on that Saturday when we cut that big check and give it to KB Strong.”

Washington’s proud to be hosting this charity tournament. Also proud to be playing some of the best competition in the country. The Panthers have a tough week ahead.

“We get the number one team in the state in the first game of the year. They got a kid going to Duke surrounded by an incredible basketball team that’s well coached,” Schermerhorn, said. “The second game we get to play a future NBA player. I mean you can’t ask for anything better.”

The Washington Panthers will not be the only local team at the tournament. Metamora, Washington’s big rival, will also be playing in the Tournament of Champions. The Kevin Brown Memorial Tournament means a whole lot to Metamora coach Danny Grieves.

“First off, they put on a heck of a tournament,” Grieves said. “And now it’s taken on a life bigger than itself with Coach Brown’s situation. You know him and my Dad had the same disease. So, I thought it would be great to go over there and play in that tournament and be apart of it.”

Games begin Tuesday and continue every day until Saturday.

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