10th Annual Orange HS M.L.K. Basketball Classic set for Jan. 21

Photo by Steve Ellmore.
East Orange Campus High junior Makei Brown looks to drive with the ball in road loss to Columbia in the season opener on Dec. 14.

ORANGE, NJ – The 10th Annual Orange High School M.L.K. Basketball Classic will be held Monday, Jan. 21.

The schedule is as follows:


OHS vs. Newark West Side, 11 a.m.


Barringer vs. West Orange, 1 p.m.

Newark Tech vs. American History, 3 p.m.

Orange vs. East Orange Campus, 5 p.m.

Admission is charged.

The OHS Tornadoes and EOCHS Jaguars have met in the M.L.K. Classic in each year since 2012. The Jaguars won last year’s meeting, 46-45, on a tip-in at the buzzer. EOCHS won five meetings including last year, while OHS won in 2013 and 2017.

EOCHS has bounced back from a slow start to the season.

The Jaguars defeated Paterson Eastside, 52-45, Jan. 10 for their third win in four games to improve to a 3-6 record. Junior Izaiah Poole scored 18 points with five rebounds, four assists and three steals; junior Nasir Owens had nine points; junior Justin Singh-Smith had seven points and nine rebounds; senior Kevin Louine had seven points; and senior Mario Gunn had four points, eight rebounds and three blocks.

OHS hopes to make more progress.

Junior forward Giovanni Peterkin scored 14 points in a 52-44 loss to Barringer. Sophomore point guard Hassan Hester and senior guard James Simeon each had seven points for the Tornadoes, who fell to 1-7 on the season. Rhalik Reid had five points and junior guard Elijah Thompson and sophomore forward Lou Julien each had four points.

OHS fell to Wayne Valley, 66-41, Jan. 12 in Old Tappan. Junior guard Nyzeek Mann had seven points; Reid, Thompson and Simeon each had six points; Hester had five points and Peterkin had four.  The Tornadoes fell to 1-8.