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LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Sunday marks the last day of the AAU season, which started for many teams in the spring, back in April.
The three-month odyssey of Tucson-area teams comes to an end with five teams still vying for titles in the Bigfoot Hoops Las Vegas Classic.
Also, players who Arizona coaches are recruiting will wrap up their AAU seasons at the Fab 48 and Bigfoot Hoops classic on Sunday. Here is the schedule involving those recruits and the Tucson teams (keep scrolling down through the pictures and Twitter posts):
17U INVITATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
— We R 1 (point guard Trevon Duval) vs. Splash City, 10:20 a.m, Bishop Gorman Court 1. Winner moves on to semifinals at 12:40 p.m. (Court 2). Championship is at 3 p.m. (Court 1)
— Earl Watson Elite (power forwards Miles Norris and Ira Lee) vs. OSA Crusaders, 9:10 a.m., Bishop Gorman Court 1 Winner moves on to semifinals at 12:40 p.m. (Court 1). Championship is at 3 p.m. (Court 1)
BIGFOOT HOOPS VEGAS CLASSIC
17 PLATINUM ELITE
Oakland Soldiers (point guard Alex Barcello and power forward Taeshon Cherry) vs. Georgia Stars, 9:05 a.m., Spring Valley Court 1. Winner advances to semifinals at 12:20 p.m. (Court 2). Championship is at 2:30 p.m. on Court 1.
Howard Pulley (point guard Tre Jones and shooting guard Gary Trent Jr.) vs. NW Ohio BBall Club, 10:10 a.m., Spring Valley Court 1. Winner advances to semifinals at 12:20 p.m. (Court 1). Championship is at 2:30 p.m. on Court 1.
Seattle Rotary (shooting guard Daejon Davis) vs. Houston Hoops, 10:10 a.m., Spring Valley Court 2. Winner advances to semifinals at 12:20 p.m. (Court 2). Championship is at 2:30 p.m. on Court 1.
BIGFOOT HOOPS VEGAS CLASSIC
— AZ Power Tucson Red vs. Vipers Academy, 8 a.m., Tarkanian Academy Court 2. Winner advances to semifinals at 11:15 a.m. on Tarkanian Court 2. Championship is at 1:25 p.m. on Tarkanian Court 1.
Powerhouse Hoops Tucson 16U pulls ot victory 60-57. Great comeback down 10 w/2 min left. Saunders, Simmons, Andresen 12pts each.#PHH
— PowerHouse Hoops Tucson Black, 11:15 a.m., vs. Colorado Thunder, Cheyenne High School Court 2. Winner advances to semifinals at 1:25 p.m. on Cheyenne Court 2. Championship is at 3:35 p.m. on Cheyenne Court 1.
15U PLATINUM ELITE
PHH 15 Black defeated the talented Seattle Select 43-30 led by Majok Deng w 20 pts 10 rbs 2 stls, 2 blks & 2020 PG Evan Nelson w 7 pts 3 stl
— PowerHouse Hoops Black (Phoenix-based but includes Tucson players such as Salpointe’s Majok Deng) vs. FOH Seattle Blue, 10:10 a.m., Reynolds Boys and Girls Club. Winner advances to semifinals at 1:25 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club. Championship is at 3:35 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club.
AZ Power Tucson Red 15U team playing in BigFoot Hoops Vegas Classic w/Sean Elliott's nephew Lucas Elliott (far left) pic.twitter.com/uQWFCv8dQt
— AZ Power Tucson Red vs. Portland Basketball Club, 11:15 a.m., Valley High School. Winner advances to semifinals at 1:25 p.m. on Valley Court 2. Championship is at 3:35 on Valley Court 1.
— AZ Power Tucson vs. Boise Slam, 8 a.m., Pearson Community Center. Winner advances to semifinals at 12:20 p.m. at Agassi Prep. Championship is at 3:35 at Agassi Prep.
ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.