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Stars back for alumni hoops tourney

By Matt Massey
Special to The Seattle Times

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Jason Terry plays 82 NBA games a year with the Atlanta Hawks. Still, nothing could keep him away from a game with his alma mater, Franklin High School, when rival Garfield High is the opponent.

Terry, a 1995 graduate of Franklin, led the Quakers' floor show as his squad turned back a furious Garfield rally for a 115-110 victory last night in the nightcap of the fourth Hood Classic Alumni Tournament at Garfield.

Terry and Rainier Beach alum Jamal Crawford, now playing with the NBA's Chicago Bulls, came back for the event to honor their roots. The NBA guards will square off in tonight's tourney championship as Crawford helped Beach to a 111-101 win over O'Dea.

"It's big for the community for me to come back because the community gave me so much support to me when I played here," said Terry, who supplied 17 points, six assists and five steals from his point-guard position. "It's a joy for me to play in front of them and I hope it is for the fans."

Franklin was led in scoring by Alvin Snow, who had 38 points. Snow just finished his college career at Eastern Washington. Lovell Brown, a 1994 Garfield grad, led the Bulldogs with 33.

"The rivalry never dies and it doesn't matter if it's soccer, band, chess or whatever," Garfield's Jayvon Nickens said.

In the early game, 2000 Beach grad Tim Ellis, who recently finished his college career at Kansas State, poured in a tournament-record 42 points, including four three-pointers, and Crawford added 33 points, including eight threes.

Marlon Bailey led O'Dea with 31 points after sinking six three-pointers in the first game of the tourney, sponsored by Seattle-based Adonai Clothing and the Y.E.S. Foundation. Franklin grad Dumi Maraire and Garfield grad Dana Tade organized the first event in 2000. There was no Hood Classic in 2003.

O'Dea and Garfield will start tonight's activities in a third-place game at 5 p.m. Slam-dunk and three-point contests will take place between the games.
Some of the luster of the games was taken away when the NCAA decided not to sanction the event, leaving many college players off the four rosters. Rainier Beach coach Mike Bethea said the NCAA likely would've sanctioned an event that featured alumni against current high-school players and had no clock and no team uniforms worn by each team.

The Rainier Beach alumni team lost Washington's Nate Robinson, USC's Lodrick and Rodrick Stewart and Washington State's Randy Green; Franklin lost Eastern's Kellen Williams and Oregon's Aaron Brooks to the NCAA rule; Garfield wasn't able to suit up UW's Will Conroy, Brandon Roy and Tre Simmons; and O'Dea was without Seattle University's Eddie Lincoln.


• Garfield student Leah LaBelle, who will be a senior next year, sang "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing," the Black National Anthem, before the game. LaBelle reached the final 12 competitors on the TV show "American Idol" in March.

Hood Classic Alumni Tournament

At Garfield High School

Rainier Beach 111, O'Dea 101

O'DEA (101) — Jason Thomas 7, Reggie Ball 4, Marlon Bailey 31, Lonnie Franklin 8, Ryland Brown 7, Tyrone Ellis 20, Robbie Will 24.

RAINIER BEACH (111) — Jamal Crawford 33, Rozell Ellis 21, Tim Ellis 42, Ricky Frazier 5, Carl McGinnis 1, Terrence Williams 6, Jelani Hauser 3.

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