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Rim Rattler Holiday Hoops Invitational
First & Second Day Schedules--(Dec. 11, 2000)

wpe2.jpg (5156 bytes) What Rim Rattler Holiday Hoops Invitational
Where: Cal State Long Beach Pyramid & Gold Mine
When December 18-21, 2000
Who 20 Top Teams; 10 National & 10 SoCal

For those not making the trip out to Las Vegas this year for the Reebok Holiday Prep Classic, there's still plenty to see here in town, including especially the Rim Rattler Holiday Hoops Invitational, which just happens to take place at the same time as the Vegas event.  Both tournaments run from Monday, December 18, 2000  through December 21, and both feature top teams from all over.   While Vegas has been broken down into four separate tournaments, with the Millenium being the most competitive, there's no doubt that any of the teams participating in this event would give the top two teams at the Reebok (Mater Dei and Oak Hill) a tough time. . . and that's a matchup which may or may not happen. . . at least here in Long Beach, you know that there will be some outstanding games lined up. 

Even though it's more than a week away, we thought it would be a good idea to post up the first round schedule as soon as we received it (which was about an hour ago. . . we also have the bracket, but since it was written in Excel format, we'll need to do a little tweaking to turn it into usable html so the rest of you will be able to see it. . . it prints out great, but just looks horrible when converted to web formatting. . .but be patient, we'll have it up shortly).

This tournament is perhaps one of the best this season, featuring 20 solid teams, with some of the top players from not only SoCal but in the country.  Teams like Inglewood, Eisenhower, Compton Centennial, Mt. Zion, Pasadena, Santa Barbara, Horizon, Long Beach Poly, Fontana, Mayfair, and Long Beach Jordan make up the group from SoCal, and more than a few of these have plenty of guys who will wind up playing at the high to mid D-I level.  The "national" teams include Mt. Zion, Gainesville, Springarn, St. Albans, Miami Senior, Southern Lab, Boston English, Miami Christian, Chester (PA), and Rice from New York City.  All solid teams, each with one or more high profile guys.

Here's the down and dirty schedule.  The bracket will follow shortly, along with some additional previews of the teams and some of the more well known players.

Monday December 18, 2000





Pyramid 7 9:00 a.m. LB Poly v. Boston English
Goldmine 6 9:00 a.m. Southern Lab v. Horizon
Pyramid 5 10:30 a.m. Miami Senior v. Santa Barbara
Goldmine 2 10:30 a.m. Eisenhower v. Gainesville
Pyramid 1 12:00 p.m. Inglewood v. St. Albans
Pyramid 8 1:30 p.m. Miami Christian v. Fontana
Pyramid 3 3:00 p.m. Compton Centennial v. Springarn
Pyramid 4 4:30 p.m. Mt. Zion v. Pasadena
Pyramid 10 6:00 p.m. Rice v. LB Jordan
Pyramid 9 7:30 p.m. Mayfair v. Chester

While the numbering may not seem to make sense, it does when placed in the context of the bracketing. . . e.g., the winners of 1 & 2 will play each other, the winners of 3 & 4, and so on.  Here is the schedule for the second day of the tournament

Tuesday December 19, 2000
Winner's & Loser's Brackets





Goldmine 17 9:00 a.m. Winner 3 v. Winner 4
East Gym 14 9:00 a.m. Loser 7 v. Loser 8
Goldmine 18 10:30 a.m. Winner 5 v. Winner 6
East Gym 13 10:30 a.m. Loser 5 v. Loser 6
Goldmine 12 12:00 p.m. Loser 3 v. Loser4
East Gym 11 12:00 p.m. Loser 1 v. Loser 2
Goldmine 15 1:30 p.m. Loser 9 v. Loser 10


3:00 p.m.

Winner 1 v. Winner 2

Goldmine 19 4:30 p.m. Winner 7 v. Winner 8
Goldmine 20 7:30 p.m. Winner 9 v. Winner 10

Beyond the second day of the tournament, there's not much point to posting up the schedule (although we'll probably do that later for those diehards who need such a listing), because the bracket is just much more visually appealing. . . at least it will be when we get done with it. :^-).  In the meantime, this will have to do.

See you there.

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