Senior Quintin Metcalf and the Humphreys Blackhawks boys basketball team gets to do something it hasn't done before -- a chance to tune up for Far East with their first appearance in the ASIJ Kanto Classic tournament Thursday-Saturday.  MARY SARANTAKES/SPECIAL TO STRIPES
Senior Quintin Metcalf and the Humphreys Blackhawks boys basketball team gets to do something it hasn't done before -- a chance to tune up for Far East with their first appearance in the ASIJ Kanto Classic tournament Thursday-Saturday. MARY SARANTAKES/SPECIAL TO STRIPES

Basketball: Humphreys joins mix at ASIJ hoop tourney

by Dave Ornauer
Stars and Stripes

Though Humphreys has wrapped up yet another regular-season title, there’s much left for the Blackhawks to do before Far East comes along.

But unlike previous seasons when the boys basketball team had just one tournament to prepare for Far East – the Korea Blue Division tournament – Quintin Metcalf, Jalen Hill and the Blackhawks are entered in the American School In Japan Kanto Classic.

It’s considered the major in-season tune-up for Far East, featuring some of the same teams the Blackhawks will face in next month’s Division I Tournament at Humphreys. And coach Ron Merriwether believes the Kanto Classic should give his charges the fire-testing they need.

“We’re excited,” said Merriwether, in his fourth year coaching the Blackhawks. “It gives us more time on the court, more games, more development. Not a luxury we’re used to having.”

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