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Want Extravaganzas? There's One Every
Weekend The Next 3 Weeks--(Jan. 18, 2000)

If you thought the term "extravaganza" was reserved just for those events taking place over the Martin Luther King Holiday, well, not only are there more than that, it seems the MLK "weekend" is now two weeks long (at least), because there's an event taking place this weekend called the "MLK Classic" (see below). . . . There are only three more weekends of "regular season" (counting this weekend) high school basketball before the playoffs begin on February 12, and yet there's an "extravaganza" event during each of the upcoming weekends, sometimes two such events (and guess what: Mater Dei is featured during two of those three weekend events).   Here's what's happening.

Saturday, January 20:

The MLK holiday continues on this weekend with the "MLK Holiday Classic" at Cal State Los Angeles and the event is designed as a fund raiser to support after-school care and sports programs provided by Top Flight Education for at-risk youths in the Inland Valley. Here's the schedule (at least we think it's the schedule, because the flyer which was handed out at the Rose City Rumble this past weekend didn't have any times on it, but the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin's short piece had a couple of the game times, at least enough to piece this together):

11:40 a.m.      Moreno Valley v. Elsinore
1:10 p.m.       Alta Loma v. Perris
2:40 p.m.       Rialto v. Marshall
4:10 p.m.       Ontario v. JW North
5:40 p.m.       Canyon Springs v. Dorsey
7:10 p.m        Upland v. Ocean View
8:40 p.m.       Pacific v. Price

Also Saturday, January 20:   If you don't care for the lineup at the MLK at Cal State LA, head up the road to Pasadena City College (which is about 10 minutes drive away) where you can catch the "McDonald's Invitational", a six game event with some excellent teams, including two top games, one featuring Bishop Montgomery v. Pasadena and the other featuring Muir v. Monrovia. Here's the lineup of this event:

9:30 a.m.      St. Francis vs. South Pasadena
11:15 a.m.    Morningside vs. Bellflower
1:00 p.m.      Ayala vs. Chaminade
4:30 p.m.      Bishop Montgomery vs. Pasadena
6:15 p.m.      Crescenta Valley vs. La Canada
8:00 p.m.      Muir vs. Monrovia

Saturday January 27

Only one big event this weekend, and that's the Nike Extravaganza, which will take place at the Long Beach State Pyramid, and will feature a lineup of 9 games running from 8:30 in the morning until well after 10:00 p.m, and this one is truly an Extravaganza which will feature many of the top teams in SoCal  as well as visits from Las Vegas Durango and Concord De La Salle from NorCal, and an improved Miami Christian (which played at the Rim Rattler Holiday Hoops Classic last month in the same gym, and which features one of the best scorers in the senior class in the nation, Carlos Morban (6'-3" Sr. SG), as well as some height with Johan rivera (6'-9" Sr. F/C). Here's the revised schedule for this one:

Morning Session

8:30 a.m.      Servite vs Glendora
10:00 a.m.    Fairfax vs Los Alamitos
11:30 a.m.    St. John Bosco vs Costa Mesa
1:00 p.m.      Durango (Las Vegas) vs Capistrano Valley
2:30 p.m.     Crenshaw vs Santa Margarita

Evening session

4:30 p.m.    Long Beach Poly vs Ocean View
6:00 p.m.    Villa Park vs Westchester
7:30 p.m.    Mater Dei vs Miami Christian
9:00 p.m.    Dominguez vs Concord DeLaSalle

The Extravaganza will be run in two separate sessions, and there wil be a break between the morning and evening sessions and the gym will be cleared, so it will be necessary to purchase two separate admissions for each session.  Bummer, but that's the way it goes.

Saturday, February 3:

Finally, the last weekend of "regular" hoops before the playoff brackets are picked on February 10 and announced on Sunday, February 11, will see the 2nd Annual SoCal Basketball Classic, co-sponsored by Lynwood and LB Poly, and hosted at Lynwood, which will feature 5 outstanding games:

11:00 a.m.      Ontario v. Morningside
1:00 p.m.       Artesia v. Santa Margarita
3:00 p.m.       Lynwood v. Compton
5:00 p.m.       Long Beach Poly v. Corona Centennial
7:00 p.m .      Mater Dei v. Los Alamitos

Whew. . . and then it all starts up again in two weeks with the beginning of the playoffs. . .

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