LV hoops tourney matchups set

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Brian Gallegos, Stu Clark events on tap in December

By Dave Kavanaugh

Matchups have been announced for Las Vegas’ two prep basketball showcase events.

The Seventh Annual Brian Gallegos Invitational is set for Dec. 4-6 at the Wilson Complex, while the Stu Clark Tournament is Dec. 29-31, also at the Highlands gym.

The Brian Gallegos girls’ hoops event takes on a round-robin shootout format this year.

Day one, Thursday, Dec. 4, features games between Raton and Ruidoso (4 p.m.), West Las Vegas and Socorro (5:30), and Robertson and Shiprock N.W. (7).

Day two pits Raton vs. Socorro (4 p.m.), Robertson vs. Ruidoso (5:30) and WLV vs. Shiprock N.W. (7). Day three’s games are Raton vs. Shiprock N.W. (1 p.m.), Socorro vs. Ruidoso (2:30) and Robertson vs. WLV (4 p.m.).

The Stu Clark boys’ tourney opens Monday, Dec. 29. Rio Grande takes on Bernalillo at 1 p.m. and Artesia meets defnding tourney champ St. Pius in the 3 p.m. game. The evening session pits Robertson against Shiprock at 6 and 2008 state runner-up West Las Vegas against Portales at 8.

Day two, Tuesday, Dec. 30, will see Monday’s losers tangle in the consolation bracket afternoon session. The Artesia-Pius loser plays the Robertson-Shiprock loser at 1. The WLV-Portales loser meets the Rio Grande-Bernalillo loser at 3.

In the evening session, the Artesia-Pius winner faces the Robertson-Shiprock winner at 6. And the West Las Vegas-Portales winner plays the Rio Grande-Bernalillo winner at 8.

On Day 3, Wednesday, Dec. 31, it’s all about the hardware. The seventh-place game is set for 1 p.m., fifth-place tilt (consolation final) for 3 p.m. and third-place contest for 6 p.m. The championship game tips off at 8.

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