KINGMAN - The Summer Cup boys basketball tournament is set to tip off at 9 a.m. today, and the championship game will start at approximately 5 p.m.
Kingman Academy High will have two of the five teams in the field, and all the Tigers are looking to throw a wrench into the works of the other teams after a weeklong camp that stressed fundamentals.
KAHS sent 19 players to the Arizona Sports Camp June 16-20 in Prescott. Tigers' coach Kevin Morgan said this year's camp was the 48th consecutive year that it had been held.
"I went to that camp myself in the early 1980s," Morgan said. "It was a real intense camp."
Ty Harper of KAHS won the camp's Hustle Award as he beat out 67 other players in the high school age group. Taylor Hastings missed out being named MVP of the camp by two votes, according to Morgan.
"Ty is the hardest working kid that I've got," Morgan said. "He's the only one who understands what he does best and sticks to that."
Three teams from Phoenix are entered in the Summer Cup along with KAHS Blue and KAHS White. Desert Pointe, Skyline West and Team AZ are on the schedule. Each team will play four games in a round robin seeding format followed by a single elimination bracket tournament. Games will start on the hour at both KAHS and Kingman Middle School.
Morgan said he is looking forward to see how his players react after an intense week of learning new skills.
"They showed up with a toolbox, and the coaches at the camp put a lot of tools in those toolboxes," he said. "The message I hope they heard is that you have to work on your game outside of scrimmages and pick-up games."