A Party & Hoops®: Your Questions Answered. As the Greatest Showcase On Earth celebrates its second year as one of the nation’s premier end-of-season high school basketball showcases, here are answers to some of your most common questions.
What´s the story behind the Showcase? How did it all start? In 2013, LaVerne Lutheran played Cathedral as a preparation game for the CIF-SS Playoffs. The game was a war and went down to the wire with LaVerne Lutheran winning by 1 point, 66-65, on a last second shot. LaVerne Lutheran went on to beat Bishop Montgomery in the CIF-SS Final, who was ranked No. 2 in America by MaxPreps at the time, before losing to Gardena Serra in the Division 4AA championship game. Cathedral went on to win 2 playoff games by 30+ points before losing to nationally ranked St. John Bosco in the Elite 8. St. John Bosco went on to win the Division 3A CIF-SS Championship.
Coach William Middlebrooks, the Head Coach of Cathedral High School, realized the importance of this game helping both teams make significant playoff runs and decided this would be a good opportunity for other teams as well in their preparation for the playoffs. It would also serve as a great platform for college coaches to assess potential recruits in competition against other top tier talent.
How many teams compete in the Greatest Showcase On Earth? 14 teams will compete in 7 games. The event pits CIF-SS schools against schools that are not part of CIF-SS, as well as 2 games between “prep level” teams.
What makes the Greatest Showcase On Earth special? It is the only event of its kind in Southern California. Most other showcases in our area have only local teams or only 1-2 out-of-area teams. Every game in our showcase features an out of area team.
How can out-of-area team fans watch the games too? For fans that can’t travel with their team, we air every game on KCHS, our on-campus television station, which is broadcast online at www.kchsla.tv.
How are Players of the Game selected? The Head Coach of each winning team selects their own Player of the Game. The player is announced at the end of the game, interviewed on the KCHS broadcast and given a special gift. A plaque is then made with the player’s name and mailed to the Head Coach to present to the player at a later date.
Who officiates the Tournament? Officials assigned by the Long Beach Unit of the CBOA officiate all games.