After showcasing eight of the top boys basketball programs in the Valley last weekend, Tempe High once again will be the place to be to view a truckload of high school teams Thursday (June 26) through Saturday (June 28).
The 8th annual Best In Basketball Summer Invitational kicks off Thursday afternoon and continues through late Saturday evening. This time 24 teams gather to playfour to six games each over 2 1/2 days in the comfort of Tempe High's Gym. Schools from the East Valley comprise the bulk of the field.
Here are the schools participating: Pool A -- Basha, Desert Edge, Gilbert Christian, Highland, Mountain Pointe, Seton Catholic. Pool B -- Chaparral, Cesar Chavez, Corona del Sol, Regis Jesuit, Colo., Sunnyslope, Tempe High. Pool C -- Cactus, Chandler, Gilbert, McClintock, Moon Valley, St. Mary's. Pool D -- Boulder Creek, Central, Desert Ridge, Hamilton, Marcos de Niza, Mesa Mountain View.
Games have modified rules with 20-minute halves with a running clock and two-shot fouls limited to one shot that counts as two if made plus other variances. The day-by-day schedule is as follows:
THURSDAY JUNE 26: - 4 p.m. -- Chaparral vs. Mtn. Pointe, Gilbert Christian vs. Highland. 5 p.m. -- Desert Ridge vs. Marcos de Niza, Cesar Chavez vs. McClintock. 6 p.m. -- Sunnyslope vs. Tempe, Moon Valley vs. St. Mary's. 7 p.m. -- Desert Edge vs. Basha, Mountain View vs. Regis Jesuit,. 8 p.m. -- Boulder Creek vs. Gilbert, Cactus vs. Chandler. 9 p.m. -- Hamilton vs. Region Jesuit.
FRIDAY JUNE 27: 9 a.m. -- Cactus vs. Gilbert, Chandler vs. Moon Valley. 10 a.m. -- McClintock vs. St. Mary's, Boulder Creek vs. Desert Ridge. 11 a.m. -- Central vs. Mountain View, Marcos de Niza vs. Hamilton. Noon -- Chandler vs. St. Mary's, Desert Ridge vs. Mountain View. 1 p.m. -- Cactus vs. McClintock, Central vs. Hamilton. 2 p.m. -- Desert Ridge vs. Mtn. Pointe, Boulder Creek vs. Mountain View. 3 p.m. -- Desert Edge vs. Mtn. Pointe, Gilbert Christian vs. Basha. 4 p.m. -- Highland vs. Seton, Chaparral vs. Corona. 5 p.m. -- Tempe vs. Regis Jesuit, Cesar Chavez vs. Desert Edge. 6 p.m. -- Basha vs. Highland, Sunnyslope vs. Seton. 7 p.m. -- Gilbert Christian vs. Mtn. Pointe, Cesar Chavez vs. Tempe. 8 p.m.-- Chaparral vs. Regis Jesuit, Corona vs. Sunnyslope.
SATURDAY JUNE 28: 9 a.m. -- Cactus vs. St. Mary's, Chandler vs. Gilbert. 10 a.m. -- Cesar Chavez vs. Sunnyslope, Chaparral vs. Tempe. 11 a.m. - Corona vs. Regis Jesuit, McClintock vs. Moon Valley. Noon -- Chaparral vs. Sunnyslope, Gilbert vs. St. Mary's. 1 p.m. -- Corona vs. Tempe, Chandler vs. McClintock. 2 p.m. -- Cactus vs. Moon Valley, Cesar Chavez vs. Regis Jesuit. 3 p.m. -- Boulder Creek vs. Hamilton, Central vs. Desert Ridge. 4 p.m. -- Marcos vs. Mountain View, Basha vs. Seton. 5 p.m. -- Desert Edge vs. Gilbert Christian, Hihgland vs. Mountain Pointe. 6 p.m. -- Boulder Creek vs. Mountain View, Desert Ridge vs. Hamilton. 7 p.m.-- Central vs. Marcos de Niza, Basha vs. Mountain Pointe. 8 p.m. -- Desert Edge vs. Highland, Gilbert Christian vs. Seton.