Two weeks from right now, the basketball season will tip off with a traditional event at its traditional site with its traditional great price (free!) -- but with just a little twist.
The 26th Pastor-Cooper Showcase will be held Wednesday, Nov. 30 through Friday, Dec. 2 at Daemen College.
The event, which had held semifinals, consolations and finals over four days of competition and had started on a Monday, has become a three-day showcase event later in the week. Tournament chairman David Cooper cited teams not being able to commit to two games in a tournament due to the restrictions of an 18-game schedule. The increased flexibility has made for a fun, diverse lineup of top teams in both boys and girls hoops.
Here's the lineup of the event that honors former tournament organizers, all from the same family, in the names of its divisions:
Wednesday, Nov. 30
Rose Pastor Bracket
Girls -- Frontier vs. Cardinal O'Hara, 5:15 p.m.
Boys -- Frontier vs. St. Mary's/Lanc., 7 p.m.
Boys -- St. Francis vs. Riverside, 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 1
Al Pastor Bracket
Girls -- Hutch-Tech vs. Nardin, 5:15 p.m.
Boys -- Hutch-Tech vs. Cheektowaga, 7 p.m.
Boys -- Canisius vs. OTC Middle College, 8:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 2
Jerry Cooper Bracket
Girls -- Grand Island vs. Sacred Heart, 5:15 p.m.
Boys -- St. Joe's vs. McKinley, 7 p.m.
Boys -- Bishop Timon-St. Jude vs. East, 8:30 p.m.
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** Reminder to all boys and girls basketball coaches to send in your rosters to The News -- via email -- as soon as possible. Rosters MUST be sent in via a spreadsheet form which has been emailed to all athletic directors. Boys send to firstname.lastname@example.org; girls to email@example.com.
** Reminder to all boys and girls basketball coaches to send in schedules to The News at the same addresses.
** Reminder to all basketball league chairmen to send in league master schedules as well.