Biloxi is hosting the second annual MLK Gulf Coast Classic on Monday at the Biloxi Sports Arena.
Games start at noon when Gulfport and Oak Grove square off in a girls' contest. The event concludes at 6 p.m. when Gulfport and St. Martin collide. Other games in the tournament are West Harrison vs. Mary Montgomery at 1:30 p.m., Biloxi girls vs. Vigor Girls, 3 p.m.; and Biloxi vs. Vigor, 4:30 p.m.
The MLK Tournament started last year at Gulfport. Biloxi and Gulfport officials have decided to alternate the event between the two schools, a format similar to the season-opening Shrimp Bowl doubleheader in football.
"Gulfport coach Owen Miller and I felt it would be a great idea to have the game at both venues," Indians coach Seber Windham said. "We're trying to showcase the Coast's basketball tradition. We're hoping to have a strong crowd."
Lady Admirals coach Donny Fuller likes the event's new format.
"I think it is a great idea," Fuller said. "We are excited to be playing in it. We look forward to playing someone different in a very good Oak Grove team."
Gulfport and St. Martin is a matchup of two former No. 1 teams ranked by The Sun Herald. Stacee St. Julian is averaging a Coast-leading 23.1 points and 3.5 steals a game for the Yellow Jackets. Keevon Oney is averaging 9.1 points for the Admirals.