Area teams in holiday hoops tournament

Four of Humble ISD’s high school basketball teams are lined up to hit the hardwood after the Christmas holiday for the DPC Kingwood Holiday Classic basketball tournament sponsored by Administaff Dec. 27-28.
Kingwood Mustang head coach Royce Huseman is inviting everybody to the third annual tournament at Kingwood High School.
This year, local varsity teams from Atascocita, Humble, Kingwood and Kingwood Park high schools are competing in the tournament, as well as Madison, Cy Springs, Klein Forest, Arlington Seguin, Cy Falls, Klein Collins, Langham Creek and Del Valle.
The 12-team tournament tips off Monday morning at 10 a.m. with a pair of matchups. The Humble Wildcats take on Cy Falls in the main gym while Kingwood Park and Langham Creek square off in the auxiliary gym.
The DPC Kingwood Holiday Classic is particularly unique because Kingwood basketball alumni work as volunteers and are actively involved in the event.
“Players from the three state teams have been very involved,” said volunteer Jim Heis. “They have served as team greeters and hosts for participating teams each year.”
This year’s greeters will be Wes Christensen and Todd Schottelkotte.
Christensen was the starting center on the state championship team that defeated DeSoto High School 54-52 in the UIL Class 5A title game in 2005. Schottelkotte didn’t play on either of those three state teams, but he made up half of Kingwood’s “Twin Towers” with Rodney Odom in the late ‘80’s.
At halftime of the last Mustang’s pool-play game against Madison, Stewart Nelson will briefly speak about the Rodney Odom Foundation and its goals. Other players that have volunteered include Kolby Huseman, Gabe Kiam, Chad Hamilton, Brian Heis, P.J. Johnson, Nick Logan, Mike Miller, Trevin Harris, Jordan Ham and David Lewis.
“We’re never quite sure which alumni will show up but I have heard from several guys in the last couple of days who will be involved with the tournament,” said Heis.
There will be an alumni player reception on Dec. 27 at the high school’s main gym. Kingwood faces Cy Springs at 11:45 a.m. Monday in its tournament opener in the main gym while Atascocita is tipping off with Klein Forest in the auxiliary gym.
The tournament will have three four-team pools with pool play held on Monday. Tournament bracket play will follow on Tuesday with Gold, Silver and Bronze bracket-play. The Gold bracket championship game is set for 7:30 p.m.

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