Delaware Public Media

Slam Dunk to the Beach tourney tips off Thursday

Dec 26, 2018

The 2018 edition of the Slam Dunk to the Beach high school basketball tournament gets underway Thursday morning in Lewes.

A number of the First State’s top teams are in action at Cape Henlopen High School on the first day of the three-day tourney.

And one game is a showdown between top 5 teams,  pitting Salesianum – ranked 4th in the state – against #5 Caesar Rodney at noon.  Salesainum is 4-0, while CR is 5-1.

Top ranked Sanford also hits the hardwood Thursday, facing host Cape Henlopen at 5 pm.

The tournament also features two teams in the USA Today’s national Top 25 for boys’ high school basketball - 12th ranked Paul IV from Fairfax, Virginia and number 15 Roselle Catholic from New Jersey.

In all, 17 teams will play 18 games during Slam Dunk’s three-day run his week. There’s also a pair of Special Olympics Unified Team games on the schedule, featuring teams form Caesar Rodney, Cape Henlopen, Seaford and Dover high schools.

This is the Slam Dunk to Beach tournament’s fifth year since the Delaware Sports Commission revived it in 2014.  In its first 4 years back, it’s drawn over 45,000 fans and contributed an estimated $4 million to the local economy – according to tournament officials.