The Time Warner Cable Basketball Showcase

by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com


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Event marks the first time that high school basketball will be played at KC's world-class arena

Kansas City (January 2, 2012) - In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Time Warner Cable Metro Sports is hosting a major high school basketball event on Jan. 21 at Sprint Center.

The Time Warner Cable Basketball Showcase presented by Metro Sports will feature eight games involving 16 Kansas City area high school basketball teams, starting at 9 a.m., and will mark the first time that high school basketball has ever been played at Sprint Center. All games will be broadcast live in HD on Metro Sports, and tickets for the event are only $10 for the entire day and can be purchased at the Sprint Center box office.

This showcase will give area high school basketball players the opportunity live their dream of being a big-time college/professional basketball player for a day. Not only will the players be able to play in a world-class arena, but the teams will be able to use Sprint Center's incredible locker rooms that were built to host NBA/NHL teams. Additionally, all teams will take part in a full postgame press conference in Sprint Center's interview room just like a college or NBA team would do following a game, and these press conferences will also be shown live on Metro Sports.

"We are excited to provide Kansas City sports fans with a great event like this on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and we are hoping this is something that can become an annual tradition," said Chris Huwe, Metro Sports general manager. "We are also so proud to provide this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for local high school basketball players to experience what it is like to play in a big-time college basketball or NBA game at a world-class venue."

Metro Sports is available throughout the Kansas City area on Time Warner Cable (channel 30, 310 and in HD on 1310), Comcast (channel 258) and Knology in Lawrence (channel 37). Below is the full game/broadcast schedule for The Time Warner Cable Basketball Showcase presented by Metro Sports:

9 a.m. - Hogan Prep vs. Harmon (Boys)

10:30 a.m. - North Kansas City vs. Staley (Girls)

12 p.m. - Lincoln Prep vs. St. Teresa's Academy (Girls)

1:30 p.m. - Northeast vs. East (Boys)

3 p.m. - Lincoln Prep vs. Central (Boys)

4:30 p.m. - Wyandotte vs. Washington (Boys)

6 p.m. - Grandview vs. Rockhurst (Boys)

7:30 p.m. - Raytown South vs. Raytown (Boys)

Note: Participating schools will have the ability to purchase tickets at half price, and will receive several other perks including the opportunity to bring their pep band and cheerleaders, and each school also has the chance to have their dance team perform at halftime live on Metro Sports.