The Tournament of Champions isn't the only basketball tournament in town.

The annual Southern Plains Iroquois Activities Association league tournament began in Spearville Friday with games being played on Saturday then switching to the United Wireless Arena on Monday and running through the rest of the week.

The SPIAA league features both boys and girls basketball with players from Ashland, Bucklin, Fowler, Hodgeman County, Ingalls, Kiowa County, Minneola, Pawnee Heights, Satanta, South Central, South Gray and Spearville.

"The top 4 teams will get a bye," tournament director Randy Fulton from Kiowa County said. "From then on its plays to get in.

"We will seed 5-12 after that."

The top seeds coming into the tournament are South Central for the girls and South Gray for the boys.

"All the teams are different," Fulton said. "But there is a lot of parity after the upper echelon teams.

"Obviously South Central and South Gray are the favorites but there is a lot of parity this year with the league.

Boys games begin at 1 p.m. in Spearville today.

Tournament play at United Wireless Arena begins at 3 p.m. on Monday with the girls, 3 p.m. on Tuesday for the boys, 6 p.m. on Thursday for the girls, 6 p.m. on Friday for the boys then all teams finish the tournament on Saturday starting at 11:30 a.m.

The tournament brackets will be updated daily in the Dodge City Daily Globe.

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