Modesto Junior College will be hosting its 82nd Annual Men's Basketball Tournament sponsored by Grower Direct Nut Company on December 12-14 at the MJC Gymnasium.
The three-day, eight college tournament begins Thursday, December 12 with Lassen College and the College of Sequoias at 2:00pm, Mendocino College and Ohlone College at 4:00pm, Fresno City College and the College of Marin at 6:00pm, and Modesto Junior College tipping off at 8:00pm versus Simpson University JV. Also at halftime of the MJC game on Thursday night, the next MJC Athletic Hall of Fame class will be introduced.
Game tickets are $7 for adult general admission, $5 for seniors/veterans/students, and $2 for children aged 7-10. Tournament Passes good for all 12 games over 3 days will be available for $15. For more information, please contact the MJC Athletic Department at 575-6269.
Coaching the Pirates are head coach Michael Girardi and assistant coaches John Ebster and Dale Mateo. In addition to the full lineup of college competition, several local high school graduates will be featured on rosters. MJC's squad this year consists of the following players: Amrit Dhaliwal (Central Catholic HS), Tommy Williams (Chavez HS), Brandyn Waterford (Gregori HS), Isaac Starks (Denair HS), Jamin Crenshaw (Gregori HS), Jacob Staton (Pitman HS), Joseph Perez (Modesto HS), Mitchell Prevost (Summerville HS), Kharyem Mitchell (Tracy HS), Nephrey Donasco (Enochs HS), Carson Anderson (Sierra HS), Blake Greenlee (East Union HS), Inder Sandhu (Ceres HS) and Jacob Vander Hoek (Ripon Christian HS). In addition, Fresno City College has two local players on its roster, Dominic Dancer (Beyer HS) and McKay Bundy (Beyer HS).
Modesto's tournament has showcased many outstanding basketball players and coaches in its history going back to the very first championship game in 1938, where the MJC Pirates were defeated in the championship game by a Pasadena City College team lead by future Major League Baseball Hall of Famer, Jackie Robinson. Past All-Tournament selections include MJC's Hiram Fuller, who played for the NBA's Atlanta Hawks, and other former NBA players, Tom Tolbert (Cerritos), Lester Conner (Los Medanos), Chuck Terry (Long Beach) and Willie Wise (San Francisco). Coaches that have led their teams to MJC Tournament championship games include former University of Arizona head coach Lute Olsen (Long Beach CC) and former University of the Pacific head coach Bob Thomason (Columbia).
Updated Scores are shown on the bracket...