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Les Schwab Oregon Invitational: Fairfax &
Dominguez Play Tomorrow--(Dec. 19, 2000)

For the past two years we've reported about the "Les Schwab Tires Oregon Hoops Holiday Invitational".   Redondo Union played in the event this past December, and the year before, Crenshaw was there and won it.   This year, the tournament also continues the tradition of bringing some of the top national teams from the SoCal region,  and the 5th Annual Les Schwab Oregon Invitational" will feature not only the top teams in Oregon, like Portland Jefferson, but once again it will also bring in some of the top teams in the country, among them LA Fairfax and Compton Dominguez, which has a chance again to be the top ranked team in the U.S. with Tyson Chandler (7'-0" Sr. C) who is a truly gifted athlete and a potential NBA lottery pick next spring.

The Les Schwab Invitational has it's own website, the official one as they have the past two years,   and the event will also receive a lot of coverage from the Rivals.com Oregon Preps website as well, with perhaps more commentary and insights about some of the local Oregon players (like Aaron Miles, etc) than you might expect to find on the "official" site.  Still, as official tournament sites go, this one is amazingly detailed, with team photos, rosters, and reports of the games, and last year the website featured live updates from the tournament with scoring and stats, similar to what you'll find for many college web-casts.   Truly impressive. 

Here's who is coming this year to the event, which starts tomorrow morning, December 20 and continues through to Saturday with all games at the Portland Memorial Coliseum:

SCHOOL LOCATION
Fairfax Lions Los Angeles, California
Christ the King Royals Queens, New York
Dominguez Dons Compton, California
Barlow Bruins Gresham, Oregon
Beaverton Beavers Beaverton, Oregon
Benson Techmen Portland, Oregon
Churchill Lancers Eugene, Oregon
Jefferson Democrats Portland, Oregon
Jesuit Crusaders Portland, Oregon
Lake Oswego Lakers Lake Oswego, Oregon
Redmond Panthers Redmond, Oregon
South Salem Saxons Salem, Oregon
Sprague Olympians Sprague, Oregon
Thurston Colts Springfield, Oregon
West Linn Lions West Linn, Oregon
Westview Wildcats Beaverton, Oregon

The four day tournament will feature the state of Oregon's top basketball programs as well as three teams from around the country, including #1 ranked Dominguez High School from Compton, CA.  Perennial national power-house Portland Jefferson will also enter the tournament ranked in the top five in the nation, and they feature one of the most highly recruited point guards in the nation in Aaron Miles.  The Democrats are coming off an undefeated season in which they captured both the State and Les Schwab Invitational Championship last year. Portland's Jesuit High School (Mike and Baker Dunleavy alma mater) will make a run for the LSI title after a successful 26-2 campaign in '99-'00. The Crusaders are currently ranked #22 in the nation. Fairfax High School, out of Los Angeles, will compete with a talented front-court tandem of Craig Smith (6'-7" Sr. PF) and Evan Burns (6'-7" Jr. PF) . And Christ the King High School, a powerhouse team from Queens, NY will bring a talented, young team into the LSI featuring junior swingman, Petey Nelson. Lake Oswego, with Salim Stoudamire (6'-2" Sr. SG/PG) who has committed to the University of Arizona, will also play in the event and vie for the championship. 

We're not certain if they'll be featuring the live-stats options, which allow you to update the scoring and stats online as the game is in progress, but at the very least the boxes are posted online within minutes of the end of each game. . .much better than any other tournament at this level we've ever seen.   We'll be looking forward to seeing how the Lions and the Dons far against this competition, so check back in here or at the official Les Schawb website for details throughout the rest of the week.  

Here's the bracket for 2000:

Dominguez 00 Winner6 00 Winner13 00 Winner23 00  

2000 LSI
Champion
Winner32

2nd Place
Loser32
Game 6: Wed-5:30P
Redmond 00
Game 13: Thur-4PM
Benson 00 Winner7 00
Game 7: Wed-7:00P
Lake Oswego 00
Game 23: Fri-7PM
So. Salem 00 Winner3 00 Winner14 00
Game 3: Wed-12:00
Christ King 00
Game 14: Thur-5:30P
Barlow 00 Winner4 00
Game 4: Wed-1:30P
Jesuit 00
Game 32: Sat-8:30P
Jefferson 00 Winner8 00 Winner15 00 Winner24 00
Game 8: Wed-8:30P
West Linn 00
Game 15: Thur-7PM
Sprague 00 Winner1 00
Game 1: Wed-9:00A
Beaverton 00
Game 24: Fri-8:30P
Churchill 00 Winner2 00 Winner16 00
Game 2: Wed-10:30A
Westview 00
Game 16: Thur-8:30P
Thurston 00 Winner5 00
Game 5: Wed-4:00P
Fairfax 00

Consolation Brackets

 

Loser6 00 Winner9 00 Winner19 00 5th Place

Winner30
Game 9: Thur-9AM
Loser7 00
Game 19: Fri-12:00
Loser3 00 Winner10 00
Game 10: Thur-10:30A
Loser4 00
Game 30: Sat-5:30P
Loser8 00 Winner11 00 Winner20 00
Game 11: Thur-12:00
Loser1 00
Game 20: Fri-1:30P
Loser2 00 Winner12 00
Game 12: Thur-1:30P
Loser5 00

Other Games

Game 17: Fri-9AM:     Loser9         00    Loser10        00
Game 18: Fri-10:30A:  Loser11        00    Loser12        00
Game 21: Fri-4PM:     Loser13        00    Loser14        00
Game 22: Fri-5:30P:   Loser15        00    Loser16        00
Game 25: Sat-9AM:     Loser17        00    Loser18        00
Game 26: Sat-10:30A:  Winner17       00    Winner18       00
Game 27: Sat-12:00:   Loser19        00    Loser20        00
Game 28: Sat-1:30P:   Loser21        00    Loser22        00
Game 29: Sat-4PM:     Winner21       00    Winner22       00
Game 31: Sat-7PM:     Loser23        00    Loser24        00
(Winner of Game 31 - 3rd Place; Loser of Game 31 - 4th Place)

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