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58th Annual BH Tourney Will Showcase
LA Washington Prep--(Dec. 3, 2000)

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What 58th Annual Beverly Hills Elliot Invitational Tournament
Where: Beverly Hills High School
When December 4-9
Who 14 Local SoCal Teams, including several top players

The 58th Annual Beverly Hills Elliot Invitational Tournament gets started tomorrow at the "Swim Gym" at Beverly Hills HS. 
The first game will feature LA Washington Prep with Andre Patterson (6'-7" Sr. SF) who has verballed to UCLA taking on Buena at 3:00 p.m..  Other top teams include Palisades with Marko Mihailovich,  Rasheed Oliver (6'-7" Sr. PF) and James Matthews (6'-8" Jr. F) a transfer from Manual Arts last season, all of whom are potential solid D-I prospects.  Pali gets a first round bye and will play the loser of Ventura v. Campbell Hall which is the second game of the day tomorrow at 4:30 p.m.

For those who don't know a lot about this tournament, it's named in honor Sax Elliot, a Beverly Hills coach and physical education instructor who taught  at the school from 1935-50 ( with a four-year interruption to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II). Elliot was responsible for the tournament's creation and the construction of  its unique home, the Swim-Gym, whose basketball court covers a swimming pool. The Swim-Gym could well be America's most-seen high school gymnasium, thanks to its appearance it Frank Capra's classic 1946 film, "It's a Wonderful Life."  Elliot also made it the world's first gym to feature glass basketball  backboards and the square behind the basket to improve the shooter's aim. His other innovations included multi-colored basketballs, with one version later   adapted for use by the American Basketball Assn. He later became the basketball coach at Cal State Los Angeles. He died in 1996.

The 2000-2001 version of the tournament marks the start of a new era for Beverly Hills High School  boys' basketball as well. Monday's game will mark Jason Sanders' debut as the Normans coach. Sanders coached Hollywood High School the past two seasons, posting a 34-18 record. He succeeds Jason Newman, who resigned after seven seasons to become the school's girls' golf coach.   Forward Haben Hagos, center Jason Kravitz and point guard Chasen Walker, all seniors, are the only returning letter winners off last season's 6-19 team. "I think because we have some strong JV players moving up, we'll be OK,"  Sanders said, citing point forwards Mike Sabet and Zack Tannler and guard David Swartz. "All those guys will be called on to play significant minutes."  Sanders called his team "a work in progress," that may "start out at a disadvantage," because it has only been practicing together since school opened in September. Most other schools have practiced together since the spring. "We may struggle early, but I think we'll catch up rather quickly," Sanders  said. Beverly Hills will benefit from the football team's failure to qualify for the Southern Section playoffs, Sanders said. "Having the football players so early is going to be a plus for us," Sanders   said. "They give us more depth and an inside presence."  Two of the football players, Jason Miller and Donnie Richardson, will give  the team some much-needed height. Both are 6-foot-4. Also marking a new era is the fact that Monday's quadrupleheader is the first  sporting event in the 60-year old Swim-Gym since it was closed in May for renovations.

Here's the schedule for the tournament, followed by the bracket:

Monday, December 4, 2000
3:00 p.m. Washington Prep v. Buena Game 1
4:30 p.m. Ventura v. Campbell Hall Game 2
6:00 p.m. Hollywood v. Cleveland Game 3
7:30 p.m. Birmingham v. Beverly Hills Game 4

Tuesday, December 5, 2000
3:00 p.m. Culver City v. Daniel Murphy Game 5
4:30 p.m. Peninsula v. Hamilton Game 6
6:00 p.m. Hart v. Loser Game 1 Game 7
7:30 p.m. Palisades v. Loser Game 2 Game 8`

Wednesday, December 6
Winner's Bracket
3:00 p.m. Winner 8 v. Winner 5 Game 9
4:30 p.m. Winner 6 v. Winner 7 Game 10
6:00 p.m. Winner 1 v. Winer 3 Game 11
7:30 p.m. Winner 2 v. Winner 4 Game 12

Thursday, December 7
Consolation Bracket
3:00 p.m. Loser 5 v. Loser 6 Game 13
4:30 p.m. Loser 3 v. Loser 4 Game 14
6:00 p.m. Loser 8 v. Loser 7 Game 15
7:30 p.m. Loser 9 v. Loer 10 Game 16

Friday, December 8
Consolation Bracket
3:00 p.m. Winner 14 v. Winner 13 Game 17
4:30 p.m. Loser 11 v. Loser 12 Game 18
6:00 p.m. Winner 9 v. Winner 10 Game 19
7:30 p.m. Winner 11 v. Winner 12 Game 20

Saturday, December 9
12:00 p.m. Loser 13 v. Loser 14 Game 21 11th Place
1:30 p.m. Loser 16 v. Loser 18 Game 22 9th Place
3:00 p.m. Winner 15 v. Winner 17 Game 24 7th Place
4:30 p.m. Winner 16 v. Winner 18 Game 24 5th place
6:00 p.m. Loser 19  v. Loser 20 3rd Place
7:30 p.m. Winner 19 v. Winner 20 Championship

We'd post up the bracket, but it's a bit different than most so we'll have to take a little time to prepare it. 

Third Round Second Round First Round Second Round Third Round Championship

Winner #G

Sat. 12/9
3:00 p.m.
Winner #H

Loser #8
Game #15
6:00 p.m.
Thurs. 12/7
Loser #7
Game #8
7:30 p.m.
Loser #2

Winner #8
Game #9
3:00 p.m.
Wed. 12/6
Winner #5

Winner #9
Game #19
6:00 p.m.
Friday 12/8
Winner #10

Winner #15

Game #26
7:30 p.m.
Saturday 12/9
Winner #16

Culver City
Game#5 Tues
3:00 p.m.
Daniel Murphy

Winner #13
Game #17
3:30 p.m.
Friday 12/8
Winner #14

Loser #5
Game #13
3:00 p.m.
Thurs 12/7
Loser #6
Game #6
4:30 p.m.

Winner #6
Game #10
4:30 p.m.
Wed. 12/6
Winner #7

Game #7
6:00 p.m Tues
Loser Game 1
see below Washington
Game #1
3:00 p.m.

Winner #1
Game #11
6:00 p.m.
Wed 12/6
Winner #3

Winner #11
Game #20
7:30 p.m.
Friday 12/8
Winner #12

Loser #3
Game #14
4:30 p.m.
Thurs. 12/7
Loser #4
4:30 p.m.
Game #2
6:00 pm
Campbell Hall

Winner #2
Game #12
7:30 p.m.
Wed. 12/6
Winner #4

Game #4
7:30 pm.
Beverly Hills

Consolation- Place Games

Saturday 12/9




Saturday 12/9

Loser 13
12:00 a.m.
Sat. 12/9
Game 21
Loser 14


Loser 16
1:30 p.m.
Game 22
Sat. 12/9
North Gym
Loser 18

Loser 9
7:30 p.m. Game 16
Thurs. 12/7
Loser 10

Winner 16
4:30 p.m.
Sat. 12/9
5th Place
Winner 18

Loser 11
4:30 p.m.Game 18
Fri. 12/8
Loser 12


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37th Annual El Segundo
Kiwanis Basketball Tournament
December 4-9, 2000

Loser 19
6:00 p.m.
Sat. 12/9
3rd Place
Loser 20

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