Among the possibilities this week is a Saturday night showdown between a pair of No. 1s.
Class 6A’s No. 1, Las Cruces, headlines this year’s boys field as the annual boys/girls event tips off early Thursday (8 a.m.) with 24 games over three days.
If form holds over the first two days, the Bulldawgs could meet Class 4A’s No. 1-ranked team, Hope Christian, in Saturday’s 8:15 p.m. tournament finale. Las Cruces opens up in the first round at 8:15 p.m. Thursday against Clovis.
But the boys’ bracket opens with Highland-Sandia at 8 a.m., and Hope-Centennial at 9:45 a.m. The host Chargers and Aztec are in the top half of the draw with the Bulldawgs.
Cleveland-Highland is probably the best first-round girls pairing, as the 10th-ranked Storm — off to an impressive 4-1 start — takes on the seventh-ranked Hornets. They play at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.
Class 6A’s No. 3-rated team, Las Cruces, faces Los Alamos at 1:15 p.m. Thursday. On the top half, it’s Academy-Centennial (4:45 p.m.) and Sandia-Hope (3 p.m.). The girls championship game is slated for 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Rio Rancho Girls Basketball Invitational also tips off Thursday. The host Rams, ranked sixth, open with Española Valley at 1 p.m. Thursday.
Following are Valley-Aztec at 3, Roswell-Mayfield at 5 and Oñate-Clovis at 7. The championship game is 7 p.m. Saturday.
The 44th Alice King Invitational in Moriarty also runs Thursday-Saturday. St. Pius, rated No. 4 in Class 5A, opens at 4 p.m. Thursday against Pojoaque, the No. 6 team in 4A. The host Pintos, with a No. 3 ranking in 4A, meet rival Estancia in the final game at 7 p.m. Del Norte-Miyamura (5:30 p.m.) and Bernalillo-Cobre (2:30 p.m.) are also entered.
BOYS: The Hub City tournament in Belen’s first-round games Thursday are Mayfield-El Paso High at 3, Los Alamos-Mission Achievement and Success at 4:30, Manzano-Moriarty at 6 and Thoreau-Belen at 7:30 p.m. The host Eagles are ranked fifth in Class 5A. The Hub City final is 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
• Cleveland is hosting a round robin Thursday, Friday and Saturday. La Cueva and Los Lunas are part of the six schools taking part. The top matchup is the last one, at 2 p.m. Saturday between Los Lunas and Cleveland, who both are ranked No. 2 in their respective classes.