When asked about Garfield’s accessible three-day amplitude that includes cruise to Springfield, Mass. for the 2011 Spalding Hoophall Classic at Springfield College Jan. 15 afore a quick acknowledgment cruise for the King Holiday Hoopfest at Hec Edmundson Pavilion Jan. 17, Bulldogs drillmaster Ed Haskins said it will be like his aggregation is on an NBA alley trip.
“We said we’re traveling to try and put on our NBA hats and go advanced and play Miami Heat (Morgan Park) aback there and again we’re traveling to appear aback and play the Boston Celtics in Rainier Beach,” Haskins said. “We’re appropriate back-to-back.”
Garfield, the top-ranked aggregation in 4A, starts the cruise adjoin Morgan Park, ranked No. 10 in the Chicago Tribune boys basketball Top 20.
Haskins said it is an absorbing matchup, because of an AAU rivalry.
“There’s affectionate of a animosity amid Mac Irvin (Fire) out of Chicago and Seattle Rotary,” Haskins said. “The coach, Nick Irvin, from Morgan Park is allotment of that rivalry. I’m not allotment of that rivalry, but I’m about to be. Chicago-Seattle affectionate of has a affair traveling on and we’re affair aback at a abundant event, one of the best contest of the year.”
The Bulldogs fly appropriate aback to Seattle and will play Rainier Beach, ranked No. 1 in 3A, at 8 p.m. Jan. 17.
“It’s traveling to be tough,” chief point bouncer Tony Wroten Jr. said. “Coach told us it’s like an NBA schedule, la hats,but we’re old enough. We’ve got time to handle it, catch down and, hopefully, get both of the wins.”
Between the biking and the matchups it will be a boxy amplitude for Garfield, one Haskins expects to advice his aggregation mature.
“You’ve got to play the best to be the best,” Haskins said. “That’s one affair I abstruse in all my years of coaching. You can’t be afraid to play anybody.”
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