Right before Valentine’s Day, February 6-9, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Recreation Department presented the Valentine’s Day Classic basketball tournament for boys and girls in elementary grades. The games were held at the Pi-Copa Gym.
The tournament is always a success. The format consists of two separate tournaments, for the boys division and girls division, with a total of 16 teams participating.
In the boys division, the Fort McDowell Bulls took on Tara’s Boys in the championship game. The final score was 49-22, with the Bulls winning the 2013 Valentine’s Classic and Tara’s Boys coming in as the runner-up.
For the girls division, the Salt River Renegades won most of their games and took on a Gila River Indian Community team, the Gila River Beeliners, in the game to determine third place. With a final score of 31-13, the Renegades won and advanced to the championship game, in which they played another Gila River team, the Gila River Heat.
Even though they had played many games, the Renegades did not slow down, scoring throughout the entire game and pulling way ahead of the Heat. At the end of the last quarter, with a final score of 31-13, the Salt River Renegades won the girls championship.
The players on both championship teams won a trophy and pullovers, and the players on the teams that placed took home tournament T-shirts.
Results of the Valentine’s Day Classic Basketball Tournament
Champions: Fort McDowell Bulls
Second Place: Tara’s Boys
Third Place: San Carlos Mustangs
Champions: Salt River Renegades
Second Place: Gila River Heat
Third Place: Gila River Beeliners