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By MYAS Staff, 01/18/24, 7:45AM CST



BLOOMINGTON, MN - 24 of the premier travel basketball teams in Minnesota braved the sub-zero temperatures and accepted the invitation to compete at the MYBA MLK Invite on Monday at Kennedy High School. After 36 total games, 5 teams were ultimately crowned champions in a special event honoring Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy.

Great vibes, outstanding sportsmanship, and good hoops dominated Martin Luther King Day at Kennedy High School. Players, coaches, and fans alike enjoyed the gym’s lively atmosphere, finding refuge from the frosty conditions outside.

In the girls 5th grade division, Mahtomedi took first place, after going 3-0 on the day including a sudden death overtime win against Rogers. Eagan finished as runners-up following a three-way tiebreaker.

On the boys 5th grade side, it was Minneapolis Heritage who walked away champions in a tightly contested division. Minneapolis Heritage finished the day 2-1, with a 53-40 victory over the second place finishers Cottage Grove to close out the tournament.

Eastview rolled their way through the boys 6th grade division, winning all three of their games and outscoring their opponents by 47 points along the way. East Ridge finished in second after a 2-1 day.

In the Invite’s only eight-team division, Hopkins dominated the 7th grade bracket, winning all three of their contests by a combined 85 points en route to claiming the championship. Eastview finished 2-1 to claim second place, Rogers went 2-1 to take home third, while MLK Minneapolis also finished 2-1 as consolation champs.

And in the final division East Ridge was crowned champions of the 8th grade bracket, after a 3-0 performance, including a 50-45 victory over Osseo-Maple Grove in what ended up being the division’s championship decider. Osseo-Maple Grove went on to win the other two of their three, finishing as runners-up.

Congratulations to all the teams who were invited to participate in the MLK Invite honoring the legacy of the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr!