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La Quinta "Gamer Invitational"
Tournament This Week--(Dec. 25, 2000)

What: "Gamer Invitational Tournament 2000"
Where: La Quinta HS, La Quinta, CA
When December 27-30, 2000
Who: 12 Top Teams

This tournament is really interesting, if only because it features some teams we wouldn't expect to find in one place. . . a team from Santa Rosa, CA, one from Danville, another from Alaska,  and some good, solid SoCal squads.   Not a huge event, but excellent competition if you happen to be in the region and want an alternative to the huge West Valley tournament taking place between all the San Bernardino and Riverside County teams which concludes this week as well.

There are 8 teams in the tournament divided into two pools of four each, and Saturday will feature each "place" from each pool matched up in one additional game, with the top two teams competing for the championship.

Pool A Pool B
Cardinal Newman (Sana Rosa, CA)
Ponderosa (Shingle Springs, CA)
Bartlett (Anchorage, Alaska)
La Quinta (La Quinta, CA)
Monte Vista (Danville, CA)
Granite Hills (Apple Valley, CA)
Burroughs (Ridgecrest, CA)
Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach, CA)

We don't know a lot about the teams from out of the area, but there will be at least two Division I signees in the same bracket:   Rory O'Neil (6'-11" Sr. C) from Ridgecrest Burroughs who has signed with USC will match up against Mira Costa's DeWayne Morris (6'-4" Sr. PG/SG/SF) who has signed with the University of San Francisco, and those two teams will face off at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday night.   There are some other interesting matchups as well, so if you're out that way in the desert, this one is definitely worth checking out.  Here's the full schedule for the tournament.

Wednesday December 27, 2000 Thursday December 28, 2000
4:00 p.m. Mira Costa v. Granite Hills 4:00 p.m. Granite Hills v. Monte Vista
5:30 p.m. Monte Vista v. Burroughs 5:30 p.m. Ponderosa v. Bartlett
7:00 p.m. Ponderosa v. La Quinta 7:00 p.m. Cardinal Newman v. La Quinta
8:30 p.m. Bartlett v. Cardinal Newman 8:30 p.m. Burroughs v. Mira Costa

Friday, December 29, 2000

Saturday, December 30, 2000
4:00 p.m. Cardinal Newman v. Ponderosa 4:00 p.m. 4th Pool A v. 4th Pool B
5:30 p.m. Granite Hills v. Burroughs 5:30 p.m. 3rd Pool A v. 3rd Pool B
7:00 p.m. Monte Vista v. Mira Costa 7:00 p.m. 2nd Pool A v. 2nd Pool B
8:30 p.m. Bartlett v. La Quinta 8:30 p.m. 1st Pool A v. 1st Pool B

The Swish Award
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