Texas Invitational ready to host over 200 basketball games over next 3 days
Right on schedule, the annual blizzard of basketball has descended on Pasadena and Deer Park.
That blizzard, more warmly known as the annual McDonald’s Texas Invitational, will be fiercest on Thursday when a whopping 80 boys and girls games unfolds at 10 sites, including one new location, the Dobie High School ninth-grade campus.
But when it’s all said and done, over 200 basketball games will have been played.
Games will start Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 9 a.m. and every 90 minutes a new contest unfolds, barring overtimes and stuff like that. The final tipoff to Thursday’s action starts at approximately 7:30.
For those that are new to the basketball blizzard, Thursday’s action decides the fate of 40 boys teams and whether or not they will spend the next 48 hours in a Gold, Silver or Bronze bracket in either Division I or II.
The girls’ pool play will spill over into Friday, ending with games at 1:30 and 3 p.m. at the 10 sites, but mostly at the Deer Park High School South campus.
The girls’ championship game for the DI teams takes place at Phillips Field House on Saturday at 3 and the boys’ Division I title game goes at 7.
Katy Tompkins High School is back to defend its Texas Invitational Division I boys championship. Can they go 5-0 again but this time with a bullseye on their collective backs?
A 59-54 winner over Duncanville for the prize, fans can catch the defending champs at Phillips Field House. The Falcons will oppose McKinney at 10:30 a.m., followed by a game with Elkins at 3 p.m.
Duncanville, the girls’ Division I champion, will oppose San Antonio Johnson at Deer Park High School, returning for a 6 p.m. game at the auxiliary gym, located across the hall from Watkins Gym.
San Antonio Johnson, by the way, is the reigning Division I consolation champions.
North Crowley, the defending Division I silver champs in the girls division, opposes Deer Park at noon in Watkins Gym. They return on Friday to face South Houston for its final pool game. Game time for it is 1:30 p.m.
The North Crowley boys, the defending Division I silver champions, can be found Thursday at South Houston High School’s gym, taking on Converse Judson at 3 p.m. and Hightower at 7:30.
Houston Westside, the reigning Division II Gold champions, can be found at Pasadena Memorial High School. They’ll oppose the Mavs at 9 a.m., returning to face Grapevine at 6.
Mansfield Summit, who lost to Westside in that Silver finale, is back and they’ll oppose Dickinson at 3 p.m. and Manvel at 7:30. Both games will be at Dobie High School.
The other local games will all be starting at 9 and at their respective campuses. Deer Park meets Clear Brook, Pasadena hosts Keller Timber Creek, Sam Rayburn tries Angleton, South Houston takes on Langham Creek and Dobie meets Ridge Point.
They all return at 1:30 p.m. for their final pool games. Memorial opposes Grapevine, Dobie takes on Crosby, Alvin meets South Houston, Sam Rayburn opposes former district foe La Porte, Clear Falls meets Pasadena and Deer Park meets Houston Chavez.