Traveling Close To Home

Future NBA Star (?) Andrew Wiggins

Future NBA Star (?) Andrew Wiggins

Watching sports live is so much better than watching on TV.  I saw my first high school basketball game in over 50 years.  The City of Palms Classic tournament is considered by many to be the best in the nation.  I went because a friend is one of the “working committee.”

Six foot nine All-American Julius Randle was on the bench with a broken foot when defending champions Plano Prestonwood lost 60 to 61 to nationally-ranked team number twelve Paul IV from Fairfax, Virginia.  What a game!

Nick Emery watches Chester's Rondae Jefferson shoot a foul shot

Nick Emery watches Chester’s Rondae Jefferson shoot a foul shot

After going away to do some errands, I came back to see nationally-ranked Lone Peak (Utah) demolish USA Today’s number 4 ranked Chester ending Chester’s 61 game winning streak.  Lone Peak’s ranking had been criticized because they had not faced many major teams.  They proved they were great.

My third game of the day was watching USA Today’s number one team Huntington Prep with two or three potential NBA players taking on Houston HYCA.  It wasn’t even the best game of the day, but it was amazing to remember these boys were still in high school.

T. J. Haws was deadly from outside

T. J. Haws was deadly from outside

The ball playing is fantastic, and the tournament is a real bargain.  $100 gets reserved seats for all 32 games; $75 for general admission; or one can do as I did and pay just $15 for a day of up to 8 games.


About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.
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