Modesto Junior College is hosting the 80th Annual Men’s Basketball Tournament from December 5 through December 9 in the Gymnasium on East Campus. Games begin at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
The tournament is an MJC and Modesto community sports tradition, and is one of the longest running tournaments in the nation.
Competing are 14 community college teams and junior varsity teams from two universities from around California. The teams play 26 games over the five-day tourney. In addition to MJC, the teams participating this year are from Alameda, Cuesta, Copper Mountain, Cosumnes River, Fresno City, Lassen, Mendocino, Ohlone, Reedley, Sacramento City, Saddleback, Shasta, Simpson University in Redding, University of Los Angeles and Yuba.
Legends’ Night will be held on Tuesday, December 5, when former MJC basketball alums are recognized before the start of the 7 p.m. game between the MJC Pirates and the Simpson University JV team. Also, all high school students get in free on Dec. 5 by showing their high school ID card.
Ticket prices are $5 for general admission, $3 for seniors, veterans, and students of all ages, with MJC students getting in free by displaying their ID card with a fall 2017 sticker. An all-tourney pass is available for $15 (includes admission to the 26 tournament games), and an all-season pass is available for $30, which includes admission to all tournament games and all MJC home games for both men’s and women’s basketball.
Grower Direct Nut Company is once again sponsoring the tournament.For more information contact Nick Stavrianoudakis, MJC director of athletics, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (209) 575-6835.