NorCal Tip-Off Tournament at Rocklin and Whitney

Sixteen of the area’s top teams
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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2nd annual NorCal Tip-Off Tournament

Rocklin and Whitney High Schools

Nov. 28-Dec. 1

Opening Games At Whitney

3:30 p.m. – Whitney vs. Cordova

5 p.m. – Clovis West vs Kennedy

6:30 p.m. – Oak Ridge vs. Franklin

8 p.m. – Laguna Creek vs. Hug (Reno)

Opening Games At Rocklin

3:30 p.m. – Burbank vs. Roseville

5 p.m. – Granite Bay vs. Amador Valley

6:30 p.m. – Rocklin vs. Yuba City

8 p.m. – Central vs. Mission Prep

Nov. 29, 30, 31 Games begins at 5 p.m. both gyms

Dec. 1 Finals at William Jessup University 5-6:30 p.m.

The second annual NorCal Tip-Off Tournament for high school boys basketball will tip off at both Rocklin and Whitney high schools Nov. 28.

Conceived by Rocklin head coach Stephen Taylor and Whitney head coach Nick French, the 16-team tournament is designed to bring some of the finest prep basketball talent center stage. This year will be no different.

“We have gotten really an improved field. We had to turn away four teams that were good teams because the wanted to come to it,” said Taylor of this year’s event. “There are no other 16-team tournaments in Northern California, so we’re the only one.”

Games begin at 3:30 p.m. opening day, with the last two being played at 8 p.m. There will be all the amenities at each site so fans won’t have to travel far for refreshments.

The local establishments are also ready to serve visitors, coaches, players and those traveling with the teams.

“Coach French and I are excited to bring such an event to Rocklin. Two high schools can work together on it,” said Taylor. “We’re going to be rivals the rest of the year, but meantime we can do something like that to bring money and basketball excitement for our community is a plus for everybody, so we’re excited about that.”

And fans will be excited about the exciting action that will take place, not only in the Rocklin and Whitney gyms, but the finals will be held at William Jessup University.

“We’re going to have more of a spotlight at 5 o’clock and 6:30 that will really be a nice setting for basketball on Saturday night over at William Jessup,” said Taylor. “They don’t have a home game so that will allow us so to play at that time.”