Fantastic Finish Highlight of 2018 MLK Basketball Classic

The Fifteenth Annual Tucson Unified School District MLK Basketball Classic presented by Coaches for Charity provided a full day of entertaining basketball on Monday, January 15th, capped off with a fantastic finish as Mountain View toppled previously undefeated Sahuaro 49-to-47 when Elijah Elmer tipped in a rebound with one-second to go in the game for the Mountain Lion victory.

Earlier in the day Baboquivari beat St. David 68-to-43 on a 16-point effort by freshman guard Lucas Jose. Nogales outlasted Rio Rico before vociferous fans at McKale Center 68-to-45 behind 31 points from Samuel Legleu, and Sabino pulled away from Ironwood Ridge for a 55-to-48 victory lead by Daniel Joseph’s 19 points.

-story by William Ackerley

Andre Greene of Rio Rico is guarded by Edgar Condes of Nogales during the 2018 MLK Basketball Classic at McKale Center on the University of Arizona campus.

In girls’ action at the MLK Classic Summer Fox scored 18 points to lead Pueblo past Sahuaro 45-to-43. Sarah Martin scored 19 for Immaculate Heart for a 54-to-21 win over Santa Rita and freshman April Martinez scored 19 to lead Rio Rico to a 69-to-12 win over Amphi.
Over the course of the day thousands of people attended the 2018 MLK Basketball Classic that commemorated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr by giving away $7,500.00 in scholarships and by high lighting an honoree who has demonstrated some of the positive traits from Dr. King’s legacy from each school.

– story by William Ackerley


The 2018 Honorees include:

Officer Bur Bateman – Santa Rita

Michele Hackett – Immaculate Heart

Joseph Mease – Baboquivari

Melanie Larson – St. David

First Sergeant Larry Brown – Rio Rico

John Willis – Amphi

Liz Thomson – Nogales

Lieutenant Colonel Ronnie St. Clair – Rio Rico

Ken Marrs – Sahuaro

Dr. Augustine Romero – Pueblo

Farrell Miller – Ironwood Ridge

Julie Thompson – Sabino

Lucius Miller – Sahuaro