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In-season basketball event matchups released!

By Breakdown Staff, 03/30/17, 1:00PM CDT

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Check out the Breakdown's upcoming schedule of basketball events!

The Breakdown is pleased to announce the schedules for our upcoming 2017-18 basketball events, which include:

  • Girls' Tip Off Classic on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 at Hopkins' Lindbergh Center
  • Boys' Tip Off Classic on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 at Hopkins' Lindbergh Center
  • NEW! Girls' Breakdown Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 at Minnetonka High School
  • Granite City Classic on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 29-30, 2017 at St. Cloud Apollo High School
  • MLK Jr. Classic on Monday, Jan. 13, 2018 at Duluth East High School
  • MN-WI Border Battle on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at Stevens Point (WI) High School
  • Community Clash on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 at St. Michael-Albertville High School and Middle School West
  • Winter Lakes Classic on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 at Alexandria HS

Please note: Match-ups are set but game times are subject to change.


The Tip Off Classic began back in January of 2004.  The Breakdown staff wanted to showcase teams from across the state and provide unique, competitive matchups.  We also wanted to have top-rated teams with state tournaments aspirations.

The experiment worked out so well that now we host the No. 1 single day classic in Minnesota.

The boys and girls Tip Off Classic are run on different Saturdays at the start of December.

Schedule coming soon.


The Tip Off Classic began back in January of 2004.  The Breakdown staff wanted to showcase teams from across the state and provide unique, competitive matchups.  We also wanted to have top-rated teams with state tournaments aspirations.

The experiment worked out so well that now we host the No. 1 single day classic in Minnesota.

The boys and girls Tip Off Classic are run on different Saturdays at the start of December.

Schedule coming soon.


The Breakdown Invitational is the newest event on the girls' basketball side, bringing together dozens of top girls' programs for the first-ever event on Dec. 9, 2017 at Minnetonka High School.

The event is expected to annually run opposite the boys' Tip Off Classic on the second weekend in December and will feature many top girls' programs on a huge weekend for fans of high school basketball in Minnesota.

Schedule coming soon.


The Granite City Classic is one of the most popular holiday tournaments in the St. Cloud area. 

The Breakdown took over the sponsorship of the holiday classic a few years ago and looks to have teams from the St. Cloud area in a tournament to enjoy for all.  The tournament is annually at the end of December each year.

Dec. 29, 2017 Granite City Classic schedule

Time Away Home
TBD Princeton Rocori
TBD Rogers Sartell
TBD Cretin-Derham Hall Apple Valley
TBD St. Cloud Tech Champlin Park
TBD Delano Lakeville South
TBD Big Lake St. Cloud Apollo
TBD Minnehaha Academy Orono
TBD Park Center Woodbury

Dec. 30, 2017 Granite City Classic schedule

Time Away Home
TBD Apple Valley Park Center
TBD Orono Woodbury
TBD Cretin-Derham Hall St. Cloud Tech
TBD Champlin Park Minnehaha Academy
TBD St. Cloud Apollo Delano
TBD Rocori Big Lake
TBD Lakeville South Rogers
TBD Sartell Princeton

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Classic is one of the newest of our special annual basketball events!

In mid-January every year, we bring teams from across the state to take on programs from the northeastern corner of the state at Duluth East High School. The Breakdown will host the 5th annual event in Jan. 2018 at Duluth East HS -- and it promises to be a highly-anticipated and exciting time for basketball fans from around the state.

2018 MLK Jr. Classic schedule

Time Away Home
TBD St. Cloud Apollo Hermantown
TBD Nevis North Woods
TBD Brooklyn Center Esko
TBD Hibbing Duluth East
TBD Hinckley-Finlayson Superior (WI)
TBD Chisago Lakes Cloquet
TBD Anoka Grand Rapids

The Minnesota vs. Wisconsin Border Battle is an annual event conceived by the BREAKDOWN and the Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook in the winter of 2006 as a way to pit some of the top teams from Minnesota and Wisconsin against each other at a site rotating between the two states.  

The 13th annual event will be held in Jan. 2018 at Stevens Point HS -- and it promises to be a highly-anticipated and exciting time for basketball fans from around the region.

2018 Border Battle schedule at Stevens Point HS

Time MN Team WI Team
10:00 a.m. Heritage Christian De Soto
11:30 a.m. Spring Grove Pacelli
1:15 p.m. Lake City Bloomer
2:45 p.m. Minneapolis North Kaukauna
4:15 p.m. Minnetonka Appleton Xavier
6:00 p.m. North St. Paul LaCrosse Central
7:30 p.m. Minnehaha Academy Stevens Point

The Winter Lakes Classic is the newest of our special annual basketball events!

In mid-February every year, we're planning to bring teams from across the state to the beautiful new Alexandria High School facilities for a day of top basketball. There will be varsity games, as well as JV, sophomore and freshman level games in the auxiliary gym.

The Breakdown will host the 3rd annual event in Feb. 2018 at Alexandria -- and it promises to be a highly-anticipated and exciting time for basketball fans from around the state.

2018 Winter Lakes Classic schedule at Alexandria HS

Time Away Home Gender
TBD Becker Alexandria Girls
TBD Becker Alexandria Boys
TBD Rockford Perham Boys
TBD Rockford Perham Girls
TBD Eden Valley-Watkins Sauk Centre Boys
TBD Eden Valley-Watkins Sauk Centre Girls
TBD Pequot Lakes Breckenridge Boys

The Community Clash is one of the newest of our special annual basketball events! In mid-February every year, we bring together the boys and girls programs from rival towns to go head-to-head in a day of top basketball. There will be varsity games, as well as JV, sophomore and freshman level games in the morning.

The Breakdown will host the 3rd annual event in Feb. 2018 at St. Michael-Albertville HS and MS West — and it promises to be a highly-anticipated and exciting time for basketball fans from around the state.

2018 Community Clash schedule at STMA HS and MS West

Time Court Away Home Gender
TBD HS Chanhassen STMA Girls
TBD HS Champlin Park Buffalo Girls
TBD HS St. Cloud Cathedral Annandale Girls
TBD HS Champlin Park Wayzata Boys
TBD HS Chanhassen STMA Boys
TBD HS St. Clou Cathedral Annandale Boys
TBD HS Minneapolis North Totino-Grace Boys
TBD MS West Waconia Big Lake Girls
TBD MS West St. Cloud Tech Monticello Girls
TBD MS West Alexandria Henry Sibley Girls
TBD MS West Zimmerman Rogers Girls
TBD MS West Zimmerman Rogers Boys
TBD MS West St. Cloud Tech Monticello Boys
TBD MS West Waconia Big Lake Boys