The two first-year tournaments drew 15 teams from 14 schools in 12 states as tourney entries descended into this relaxed seaside setting from the Pacific Northwest to Florida and from the East Coast to Southern California for a week of basketball fun and sun. The state of the art International Convention Center of Puerto Vallarta was the tournament site.
Connor Sports Flooring, an official sponsor of the tournament, manufactured a unique new tournament game floor based on the legendary Boston Celtics playing court. The parquet floor is the only one of its type to be used in any collegiate pre-season or post-season tournament. The practice floor itself had been used previously in the 2012 NCAA regional tournament games.
The men's tournament included early round games north of the border at campus sites of the competing schools as Missouri State University, University of South Carolina, Southern Methodist University and University of Arkansas-Little Rock each had two home games before moving south of the border to Mexico for the final two games of the event.
Rider University claimed the crown for the group of schools which traveled in the first two rounds, as the Broncs of coach Kevin Baggett knocked off Jacksonville University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Puerto Vallarta to claim the Coach Rick Majerus Championship Trophy for south of the border play.
The Gamecocks of the University of South Carolina and coach Frank Martin claimed an overtime win over Missouri State and then beat Arkansas-Little Rock in Puerto Vallarta for the title of the men's event for schools which had hosted early games. They claimed the Coach Charlie Spoonhour Championship Trophy.
The men's all-tournament team included Anthony Downing of Missouri State, Anthony Myles of Rider University, Will Neighbour of University of Arkansas-Little Rock, Nick Russell of Southern Methodist University and Lakeem Jackson of South Carolina.
The Most Outstanding Player and member of the all-tournament team was LaShay Page of South Carolina. The Tyler Dunn Hero Award went to tournament manager Sandra Strohm.
The championship trophies for the two divisions of the men's event were named in honor of long-time Division I coaching legends the late Rick Majerus and the late Charlie Spoonhour.
PlanBC3 has had the vision for the past two years to put on the tournaments with a goal of creating awareness and monetary assistance for the National Urea Cycle Disorders Foundation (NUCDF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the identification, treatment and cure of urea cycle disorders. UCD's are caused by genetic mutations resulting in the deficiency of one of six enzymes in the urea cycle which are responsible for the removing ammonia from the bloodstream. Failure of the system to remove the ammonia can result in irreversible brain damage or death.
Tournament sponsors for the event in Puerto Vallarta included Connor Sports Flooring, the Missouri Valley Conference, North American Travel, Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta, Occidental Grand Nuevo Hotel Vallarta, Triple Threat Travel, Corona Extra, NUCDF and PlanBC3.
The tournament staff included about three dozen volunteers from all over the country and fans of all 14 schools followed their teams to Mexico. The teams and their staffs were treated to a lavish welcome celebration dinner on the eve of each tournament on the grounds of the Hard Rock Hotel.
Preparations and team selection are under way for the 2013 editions of the two tournaments as the events will get only bigger and better. Those teams will be announced in early 2013.
HOOPS FOR HOPE CLASSIC (Men) GAME SUMMARY:
Sunday, November 11
South Carolina 82, Wisconsin-Milwaukee 75
Monday, November 19
Arkansas-Little Rock 59, Wisconsin-Milwaukee 43
Jacksonville 64, Missouri State 58
Southern Methodist 81, Malone 47
South Carolina 88, Rider 76
Wednesday, November 21
Arkansas-Little Rock 78, Jacksonville 56
Missouri State 82, Malone 49
Southern Methodist 83, Rider 70
Friday, November 23
Rider 86, Jacksonville 71
Saturday, November 24
Jacksonville 71, Wisconsin-Milwaukee 66
South Carolina 74, Missouri State 67, OT
Arkansas-Little Rock 69, Southern Methodist 56
Sunday, November 25
Rider 74, Wisconsin-Milwaukee 60
Southern Methodist 62, Missouri State 61
South Carolina 74, Arkansas-Little Rock 62
The inaugural field will consist of the following leading academic universities -- University of California-Santa Barbara, University of Central Florida, Gonzaga University, University of Louisville, Mississippi State University, Missouri State University, Oregon State University and Winthrop University.
Games will be played on November 20, 21, and 22, 2012. The official tournament bracket with game match-ups, dates and times listed under Hardwood Tournament of Hope tab. The three day event will feature each team playing three games and will conclude with the Championship Game on November 22nd at 8:30pm.
Games will be played at the new state-of-the-art Puerto Vallarta International Convention Center http://www.cicpuertovallarta.com/ . Tournament resorts will be at the newly renovated Hard Rock Vallarta resort and the newly opened Occidental Hotel.
Packages for lodging, ground transportation and game tickets are only available by purchasing a fan package at www.planbc3.com or by phone at 314-757-7554. Game tickets are only available by purchasing a fan package. Reserve your spot today and enjoy immersing yourself into the only tournament that provides old-world Mexican culture, modern resorts, state-of-the-art playing facilities, and great college basketball. Spend Thanksgiving week enjoying the beach, water and a lifetime scenic destination where the average temperature is in the low 90’s!
Proceeds from this tournament will be used to raise awareness, support and research for the National Urea Cycle Disorder Foundation www.nucdf.org to “Cure UCD”.
O’FALLON, Missouri, April 30, 2012 -- The newest and brightest women’s collegiate basketball tournament is the 2012 Puerto Vallarta Hardwood Tournament of Hope. The 2012 Puerto Vallarta Hardwood Tournament of Hope announced today that eight leading women’s Division I collegiate teams will compete at the new state-of-the-art Puerto Vallarta International Convention Center in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in November of 2012.
This prestigious event is sponsored by the Missouri Valley Conference and proceeds will be used to raise awareness, support and research for the National Urea Cycle Disorders Foundation www.nucdf.org . The vision, direction and leadership of this great event is provided by Plan BC3, LLC.
The inaugural field will consist of the following outstanding programs: The University of California at Santa Barbara; The University of Central Florida; The University of Louisville; Missouri State University; Oregon State University; Winthrop University, and two other teams to be announced at a later date.
Games will be played on November 20, 21, and 22, 2012. The three day event will feature each team playing three games and will conclude with the champion being crowned on November 22nd.
The complete bracket which includes matches, game times and all information will be announced at a later date.
Packages, games, hotels and all tournament information available only at www.planbc3.com or by phone at 314.757.7554. Reserve your spot to be a part of history while impacting lives by helping “Cure UCD” www.nucdf.org .
NEW ORLEANS—Basketball Organizer PlanBC3, LLC ran the 2011 Hoops for Hope Classic Basketball Tournament supporting the National Urea Cycle Disorders Foundation www.NUCDF.org in New Orleans, Louisiana on November 25-27, 2011. Leading universities making up the field in this outstanding event were Alcorn State University, Tulane University, University of New Orleans and the University of San Diego.
Friday’s games on November 25th, were played on the campus of Tulane University - Fogelman Arena. In the initial first game of the tournament event, the University of San Diego Toreros defeated the University of New Orleans Privateers 64-56. In the nightcap game, host Tulane University defeated Alcorn State University 83-41.
On day two of the tournament on Saturday, November 26th at Fogelman Arena, the University of San Diego Toreros hit a game-winning shot with 25 seconds left in the game to defeat Alcorn State University 66-65. In game two of the day, in the battle of teams from New Orleans, Tulane University defeated the University of New Orleans 72-53.
Day three, November 27th began with the University of New Orleans defeating Alcorn State University at Lakefront Arena 63-56. The championship game of the 2011 Hoops for Hope Classic Basketball Tournament in New Orleans was played between Tulane University and the University of San Diego at the New Orleans Arena, home of the National Basketball Association’s New Orleans Hornets. In true champion form, Tulane University celebrated the championship of the 2011 Hoops for Hope Classic Basketball Tournament in New Orleans by defeating the University of San Diego 65-46.
Final standings for this great tournament were as follows:
Tulane University – Champions
University of San Diego – 2nd place
University of New Orleans – 3rd place
Alcorn State University – 4th place
The 2011 Hoops for Hope Classic Basketball Tournament in New Orleans All-Tournament Team was selected by members of the media and Plan BC3 and was awarded to:
Antonio Wertz – University of New Orleans
Darian Norris – University of San Diego
Johnny Dee – University of San Diego
Tomas Bruha – Tulane University
Josh Davis – Tulane University
Most Valuable Player of the 2011 Hoops for Hope Tournament was earned by:
Josh Davis – Tulane University
For all future events ran by PlanBC3, LLC go to www.planbc3.com or call 314/757-7554. To learn more about and donate to the National Urea Cycle Disorders Foundation please go to www.NUCDF.org or call
Profits, proceeds, and donations from the 2011 Hoops for Hope Classic Basketball Tournament in New Orleans were made to the National Urea Cycle Disorders Foundation.