Hoopfest elite brackets heat up after first day

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by KREM 2 Sports

KREM.com

Posted on June 26, 2010 at 8:21 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 27 at 12:04 PM

SPOKANE -- The Hoopfest elite competition is as good as its ever been before. After the first day of action, we now have a clearer picture of who might take home the championships.

Defending Men's Over 6' Elite champion Tonicx (called Team Tonicx last year), made up of former Gonzaga star David Pendergraft and Ferris High School product Erik Benzel, looks poised to make another run. They easily won their first two games of the tournament on Saturday. They return to action at Nike Center Court on Sunday at 9am.

In the Men's 6' & Under Elite competition, three-time defending champion Associated Messenger also advanced with ease on Saturday. They play at 9am on Sunday against LWS Finest. 

The Women's Elite tournament is wide open since defending champ EXLGS (better known as "Ex-Lady Griz") is not back in 2010. One of the strongest contenders was expected to be Sports Cellar, a team made up of former Gonzaga women's basketball players Heather Bowman and Vivian Frieson, but they lost in their opening game on Saturday. Sports Cellar can still climb its way into the title through the losers bracket.

Champions will be crowned on Sunday at Nike Center Court. The Women's Elite title tilt is scheduled for 3:30pm. The Men's 6' & Under Elite championship is set to start at 5:30pm, while the Men's Over 6' Elite trophy will be handed out around 6:15pm.

Tune into KREM 2 News and KREM.com on Sunday for highlights and postgame reaction from all the championships.

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