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Gary Raya So Cal Elite boys basketball tournament begins Tuesday in Irvine and Tustin

One of the best boys basketball tournaments get under way on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at gymnasiums in Irvine and Tustin.
The 2017 Gary Raya Socal Elite features 16 teams including Northwood, Irvine, Beckman, Woodbridge, University and Tustin. It’s another outstanding field.
In the opening games at Tustin, Huntington Beach meets Northwood at 5:30 p.m. and El Dorado faces Tustin at 7 p.m.
At Beckman, El Toro faces Edison at 5:30 p.m. and Yorba Linda meets Beckman at 7 p.m.
At Irvine, Valencia meets Tesoro at 5:30 p.m. and Irvine faces JSerra at 7 p.m.
At Woodbridge, University meets San Clemente at 5:30 p.m. and Woodbridge faces Esperanza at 7 p.m.
The tournament continues on Wednesday, Dec. 13 with the semifinals on Friday, Dec. 15. The finals will be on Saturday, Dec. 16, at El Dorado at 6:15 p.m.
Games will also be held on the final day at Beckman.
Mater Dei, the top-ranked girls basketball team in the county, took the title of the South Coast Classic at University with a 45-31 victory over Troy on Saturday, Dec. 2. University went 3-1 in the tournament and Woodbridge 2-2.
Ashley Chandler and Malia Goldsmith from University and Erika Maggard from Woodbridge were named to the all-tournament team.
Brooke Demetre and Khylee Pepe of  Mater Dei and Michelle Lee and Anaiyah Tu’ua of Troy were among the other players named to the all-tournament team.
Former Northwood girls basketball coach Ryan Bettencourt is the new head girls basketball coach at Beckman.
“We have a quality, hard-working group of players who are confident they are poised to contend for the PCL title,” Bettencourt said.
“Our team has been working extremely hard on and off the court in preparation for the upcoming season. Since my arrival in early October our players have been very coach-able and have also shown a strong desire to improve individually as well as a team.”
Source: Oc Register

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