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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Beach Boys Featured in MLK Tourney at Viking Pavilion

by Harry Cummins

     One of the top rated high school boys basketball teams in the nation, Rainier Beach, will headline the 12 team, day- long MLK Jr. Invitational to be held Monday, January 21 at the new Viking Pavilion on the campus of Portland State University.

    Rainier Beach is led by their heralded wing tandem of  Marjon Beauchamp and Jamon Kemp and will face off with Jefferson of Portland in the featured 6 pm contest.

  A 6'6"junior, Beauchamp is one of the most sought-after prospects in the nation and is currently ranked 28th according to ESPNU 100.  Kemp, the 6'6" senior, is the son of Seattle Sonics legend Shawn Kemp.  Both players transferred to Rainier Beach this year from Garfield, who won last year's Washington Class 3-A championship under the coaching guidance of former Portland Trailblazer Brandon Roy.

     Other local boy's teams participating in the MLK Invitational are Roosevelt, Clackamas, Grant, Barlow, Lake Oswego and West Linn.  Girls teams include Benson, Beaverton, Southridge and Grant.  The first game of the day begins at 11 A.M. in Portland's new palace in the Park Blocks.


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