Area basketball fans should be able to get their fill of holiday tournament action, and then some.
There are 14 boys and eight girls tournaments being contested in the metropolitan area as well as eight boys and four girls events involving local teams tapping off out of town.
Among the boys, No. 1-ranked Dunbar will test its national reputation in the War Memorial Tournament at Johnstown, Pa.
The Poets (9-1) are coming off one of their biggest victories in recent years, a 60-54 win over St. Anthony's of Jersey City, N.J., ++ in the championship game of the Gonzaga/D.C. Classic on Saturday.
St. Anthony's was ranked No. 2 in USA Today going into the tournament, and Dunbar was No. 12. Senior guard Terrance Alexander of Dunbar was the tournament's Most Valuable Player. He had 21 points in the title game and finished with 54 points in three games. He was joined on the all-tournament team by Dunbar teammates Donta Bright (17 points, 10 rebounds against St. Anthony's) and Michael Lloyd.
The victory avenged a 66-65 loss to St. Anthony's a week earlier in the Skyline Classic in Jersey City.
Like Dunbar, No. 5 Southern goes on the road, playing in the Norfolk (Va.) Catholic Christmas tourney.
Catonsville Community College is the site for the Wes Unseld Classic, tapping off Wednesday in a 3 p.m. contest pitting Southwestern against No. 10 Broadneck. No. 15 Woodlawn, No. 7 Mount St. Joseph and Hammond are other favorites.
The Baltimore County Invitational gets under way Thursday with No. 13 Overlea, No. 11 Catonsville and Milford Mill among the favorites.
Among the girls, No. 1-ranked Western joins No. 3 Mount Hebron at Prince George's Community College for the IAABO Invitational Tournament, beginning Wednesday.
No. 2 Walbrook meets Seton Keough in the featured 9 p.m. Hoops Division game of the Holly-N-Hoops Tournament at UMBC Wednesday.
The Noel Classic at Spalding opens Thursday with Old Mill getting the nod as the team to beat.
There also will be some top-notch holiday wrestling tournaments at Broadneck, Arundel and Francis Scott Key.