There will be 25 games, including Portland vs. Deering regular-season contests, scheduled in the Red Claws Christmas Showcase.
Seven games will be played daily Tuesday through Thursday, with a smaller schedule Friday.
The Red Claws Christmas Showcase will offer plenty of varsity basketball at the Portland Expo over holiday week.
The schedule runs Tuesday through Friday, with seven games a day for the first three days and an abbreviated schedule Friday. Rather than being a tournament with a championship game, the 25-game schedule is a combination of mostly exhibition boys’ and girls’ games, sprinkled with a few regular-season contests and a couple subvarsity games.
Admission for an all-day ticket, with the ability to come and go, is $5 for adults, and $3 for students and seniors. Proceeds benefit the Portland High boys’ and girls’ basketball boosters.
Tuesday through Thursday, the schedule begins at 11:30 a.m., with the last game scheduled to start at 8:30 p.m.
Friday has three subvarsity games between Deering and Portland, and a noon varsity exhibition between the Portland boys and LaSalle Academy of Providence, Rhode Island.
Tuesday’s action is highlighted by a 4 p.m. boys’ game between defending Class AA South champion South Portland and Biddeford, a Class A team; and a 7 p.m. girls’ game between Portland and Greely.
On Wednesday, Class B Yarmouth will try to upset a quality Class AA Cheverus boys’ team in a 5:30 p.m. exhibition game. At 7, old rivals Class A Falmouth and Class B Cape Elizabeth will play a game that counts in the regular-season standings.
Thursday features two showdowns of city schools in regular-season games. The Portland and Deering girls tip off at 7 p.m., followed by those schools in a boys’ matchup.
The Portland boys also will play at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday against Hollis-Brookline of New Hampshire.
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