SoCalHoops Tournament News
51st Annual Pacific Shores
Teams Announced--(Nov. 19, 2002)
51st Annual Pacific Shores Tournament
Dec. 2-7, 2002
Redondo Union HS
16 Top SoCal Regional Teams
It's that time of year again, and the 51st Annual Pacific Shores Basketball Tournament is one of those tournaments that marks the beginning of the high school basketball season here in SoCal. Here's the complete press release we received today about this year's field as well as a little bit of history about the event. Our thanks to Don Turner of Redondo Union HS for passing this info along:
51st Annual Pacific Shores Basketball Tournament Once Again
Features Some of the Top Teams in Southern California
Field of Play Features Four Defending CIF Champions in host Redondo Union, Long Beach Poly, Bishop Montgomery and Rolling Hills Prep. Complemented by defending tournament champion Fairfax. As well as powerhouses Inglewood, Crossroads, Palisades, Upland, Rolling Hills Prep and Long Beach Jordan.
The Tradition continues! Trying to top last year’s 50th Anniversary Tournament is no easy task, however it may have been done as the Pacific Shores Tournament announces what is believed to be the most competitive 16-team field in the history of the tournament. "There are no easy games in this tournament, with 13 of the 16 teams posting impressive winning records last season," said Redondo Coach Tom Maier.
The prestigious tournament will be highlighted by the play of pre-season All-Americans Fred Washington (Bishop Montgomery/Stanford), Kevin Bell (Fairfax/Louisiana Lafayette), Todd Martin (Upland/SUNY Albany), Mercedes Lewis (LB Poly), Chris Fields (LB Poly), Antwan King (LB Jordan), Christian Smith (Narbonne), Todd Martin (Upland/SUNY Albany), Curtis Allen (Rolling Hill Prep), Ray Reed (Inglewood), Dorell Wright (Leuzinger), Donell Wright (Leuzinger), Corey Counts (Palisades), D’Andre Bell (Palisades).
The following teams round out this year’s field:
|Redondo Union HS, Redondo Beach CA||Crossroads HS, Santa Monica CA|
|Bishop Montgomery HS, Torrance CA||Fairfax HS, Los Angeles CA|
|Fountain Valley HS, Fountain Valley CA||Narbonne HS, Harbor City CA|
|Long Beach Poly, Long Beach CA||Morningside HS, Inglewood CA|
|Rolling Hills Prep, Rolling Hills, CA||Long Beach Jordan HS, Long Beach CA|
|Leuzinger HS, Lawndale CA||Rialto HS, Rialto CA|
|Inglewood HS, Inglewood CA||Jefferson HS, Los Angeles CA|
|Palisades HS, Pacific Palisades CA||Upland HS, Upland CA|
The tournament history speaks for itself, especially in recent history as several of the teams that have competed in this tournament have used this competition as a springboard into a league, C.I.F., and even State championship season.
The tournament features dual opening nights on Monday, December 2, and Tuesday, December 3. Pacific Shores Tournament game times Monday through Friday are 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. The semi-finals are on Friday, December 6th at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Games on Saturday December 7 will start at 10:30 a.m. and run through out the day with the consolation finals at 4:30 p.m., the 3rd Place game is at 6 p.m., and the Championship Game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.
The following players are past Pacific Shores Tournament alumni who have done well at the collegiate and professional level of sports:
|Name||High School||College||Pro Team||Notes|
|Tony Gwynn||LB Poly||SDSU||MLB Padres||Former tournament MVP|
|Paul Westphal||Aviation||USC||NBA Suns/Sonics||NBA and College Coach|
|Byron Scott||Morningside||Arizona State||NBA Lakers||NBA Nets Head Coach|
|Harold Miner||Inglewood||USC||NBA Heat, Cavilers||NBA Slam Dunk Champ|
|Paul Pierce||Inglewood||Kansas||NBA Celtics||2 time tournament MVP|
|Eric Leckner||Mira Costa||Wyoming||NBA Jazz, Sixers||NCAA Final Four|
Some recent additions to the college ranks:
|Evan Burns||Fairfax||SDSU||2001 MVP|
|Hassan Adams||Westchester||Arizona||2000 MVP|
|Adam Zahn||Redondo||Oregon||2 time all tournament|
|Keith Ellison||Redondo||SDSU||2 time all tournament|
|Dijon Thompson||Redondo||UCLA||2 time all tournament|
|Chad Bell||Westchester||New Mexico||2000 Champion|
|Devaughn Peace||Bishop Montgomery||UC Irvine||2 time runner-up|
|Andrew Zahn||Redondo||Arizona/Biola||1999 MVP|
|Errick Craven||Bishop Montgomery||USC||2 time all tournament|
|Derrick Craven||Bishop Montgomery||USC||2 time all tournament|
|Joe Shipp||Fairfax||Cal Berkeley||1998 MVP|
|Nate Carter||SD Horizon||UC Riverside||2001 all tournament|
The tournament features dual opening nights on Monday, December 2, and Tuesday, December 3. Pacific Shores Tournament game times Monday through Friday are 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m. The semi-finals are on Friday, December 6th at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Games on Saturday December 7th start at 10:30 a.m. and run through out the day with the consolation finals at 4:30 p.m., the 3rd Place game is at 6 p.m., and the championship game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.