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VYPE Oklahoma to Broadcast Tournament of Champions Dec. 28-30
December 30, 2011By VYPE Oklahoma of VYPE MAGAZINE - Oklahoma
The boys and girls Tournament of Champions will be played December 28th, 29th and 30th at the Mabee Center in Tulsa, OK. The long-running tournament has been a marquee event for the schools in and around Oklahoma for quit some time. VYPE Oklahoma will be broadcasting the tournament in its entirety. Every game will have a specific link to watch and the games will be live. Each game will also be archived for replay purposes.
List of First Round Game Action (Click the game for the Broadcast link):
Second Day Action (December 29th)
Championships (December 30th)
Two high school basketball tournaments with high-profile recognition are merging into one marquee event and will be moving into Tulsa’s most celebrated venue.
The Schoolboy Tournament of Champions, the state’s premier invitational tournament that dates to 1966, is teaming up with the elite girl’s tournament, Oklahoma’s Best.
Sixteen of the state’s best teams, with representatives from all classifications, will be played Dec. 28-29-30 in the Mabee Center on the campus of Oral Roberts University.
The new tournament, sponsored by Tulsa Public Schools, will be known as the Schoolboy and Schoolgirl Tournament of Champions.
During the three-day run of the tournament, eight games will be played each day in the 10,500-seat arena that opened in 1974.
The Schoolboy Tournament of Champions, which pits the best of the small schools against the best of the large schools, called the Mabee Center home from 1989 through 2004, when it moved to the Tulsa Fairgrounds Pavilion.
Oklahoma’s Best, which followed a similar format to the Tournament of Champions, has been staged in the Reynolds Center on the campus of the University of Tulsa since its inception in 1999.
The merger of two tournaments was announced yesterday by Tulsa Public Schools.
“Bringing together these two prestigious high school invitational tournaments during a holiday week when the spotlight will be theirs alone represents a bold and exciting move for the teams involved and for Tulsa Public Schools, the city of Tulsa and the sport of basketball in Oklahoma,” said Tommy Thompson, director of both tournaments.
The girl’s field will feature defending Class 4A state champion Fort Gibson and 2010 Oklahoma’s Best titlist Tulsa East Central (5A), along with Jenks (6A), Tulsa Washington (6A), Vinita (4A), Kansas (3A), Adair (3A) and Copan (A).
The boy’s field will be comprised of two-time 5A state champion and 2010 T of C kingpin Tulsa Washington (now in 6A), Union (6A), Oklahoma City McGuinness (5A), Vinita (4A), Pawnee (2A), Washington (3A), Caddo (2A) and Forgan, defending Class B champion.
Games will begin at 9 a.m. and will alternate between boys and girls.
“People can come to Tulsa during the Christmas holidays and see the best boys and girls basketball in Oklahoma under one magnificent roof,” Thompson said. “The Mabee Center, with all its rich history, is the perfect setting for this one-of-a-kind high school tournament.”
Session tickets will be $7 for adults, $5 for students. There will be two sessions each day.
6A – Tulsa Washington (17-7, Class 5A state semifinalist)
6A – Jenks (18-4, area tournament)
5A – Tulsa East Central (21-2, state runner-up)
4A – Fort Gibson (28-0, state champion)
4A – Vinita (22-2, state semifinalist)
3A – Adair (21-5, state quarterfinalist)
3A – Kansas (24-4, state runner-up)
A – Copan (20-5, area tournament)
6A – Tulsa Washington (21-0, Class 5A state champion)
6A – Union (21-4, state semifinalist)
5A – OC McGuinness (18-11, area tournament)
4A – Vinita (23-2, state semifinalist)
3A – Washington (21-7, state semifinalist)
2A – Caddo (26-2, Class A state quarterfinalist)
2A – Pawnee (23-4, state quarterfinalist)
B – Forgan (27-2, state champion)