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July 18, 2013

MAYB tournament set to christen Enid Event Center’s new hoops floor

ENID, Okla. — The 36 teams participating in the Enid Mid-America Youth Basketball (MAYB) tournament will be making a little bit of history, beginning today.

All the teams will get a chance to play at the newly christened Enid Event Center. All 36 teams are scheduled to play at least one game at the building, starting with a 5 p.m. high school boys game today between Oklahoma Run N Gun and the Blazers.

“To be the first participants as far as sports are concerned is beyond words,’’ said tournament director Steve Johnston. “Everyone is going to get a little bit of heaven.’’

 “We have been waiting a long time for the Event Center. We’re excited about it, and I hope the community supports us.’’

The 36 entries — 10 high school girls, 8 high school boys and 6 eighth-grade girls, sixth and seventh-grade girls and fifth and sixth-grade boys are the most entries the tournament has drawn in the last several years.

“We’re hoping to build on that (Enid Event Center),’’ Johnston said. “We hope this will be a positive thing and more and more teams will want to participate.’’

Enid’s girls face the High Plains Storm at 6. Timberlake’s girls (a.k.a. Lady Tigers) will play twice — MXTE at 8 and Henessey at 10 . Enid’s girls are not officially representing Enid High School.

Two other boys high school games are scheduled for tonight — Cherokee and the Nighthawks at 7 and Nighthawks and Oklahoma Run N Gun at 9.

Oklahoma Bible Aca-demy’s new practice gym will be used as one of the venues, along with the Trojans regular gym. Drummond High School is the other venue. The practice gym is air-condition and has a scoreboard.

Games go from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Enid Event Center and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The high schools will have pool play competition with the championships being decided at the Enid Event Center Sunday.

The other three divisions will have round robin play.

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