Frank Garcia Tip-Off Tournament

College of the Desert hosts basketball tournament in honor of past coach

 

by Tatiana Ramirez
Health and Sports Editor 

On November 8th, College of the Desert hosted the Frank Garcia Tip-Off Tournament, inviting several teams from Southern California and Arizona to play. The tournament was held on November 8 to the 10, and participating teams included Long Beach Community College, Mt. San Jacinto Community College, Palomar Community College, Imperial Valley Community College, Grossmont Community College, and Glendale Community College of Arizona.

The tournament was held in honor of Coach Frank Garcia, who in his 20 years of distinguished coaching at COD won 396 games while only losing 175, a .694 winning percentage. This year, the team’s head Coach is Henry Viveros. The former Indio High School Rajah’s coach has two Desert Valley Conference titles and 7 CIF play-off appearances under his belt.

There are only 2 returning sophomores on the team this year, David Ward and Jarred Kinsey. The rest of the team members are all freshmen and this is their first year playing basketball for COD.

“It’s basically a brand new team compared to last year, but the team chemistry is there,” said Andre Conely. Unfortunately, team chemistry was not enough for the Roadrunners to win their first game of the tournament against Los Angeles Trade Tech. Their second game against Imperial Valley was also very close, but the team managed to secure a win. They went on to play Glendale in the consolation round, but were unsuccessful.

“We’re still fresh and it just takes some time to adjust from practicing against each other everyday to going into a game against another team,” said Ward. “Since the [tournament], our turnovers have been cut down and we’ve played with more confidence.”

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