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Dolphin Basketball Classic this weekend in Richmond
A mixed bag is in this weekend's local weather forecast, but no level of precipitation will dampen the spirits at one of North America's most popular playground basketball events tipping off Friday in Richmond.
Gym time has been arranged should climate force any of the games indoors, which occurred a few years ago, but one certainty is that the 29th annual Dolphin Basketball Classic will produce its usual set of highlights.
Sporting a four-on-four format, modeled along the lines of New York's famous Rucker Park, the Dolphin Classic has grown from modest beginnings—a group of high school friends started the tournament, originally only for Richmond hoopsters—at Dolphin Park (thus the name) in 1986. It didn't take long for it to grow and feature its first "import" players, and today is recognized as one of the biggest events of its kind.
While the tournament retains its folksy-like community ideals, it's also evolved to include some of the finest young basketball talent in the region. And with appearances from the likes of Jamal Crawford, it's even featured NBA talent.
The 2014 edition being played this weekend on the outdoor pavement at Thompson Community Centre, is already drawing considerable excitement with the anticipated return of the Monkeys. While this lineup is different from the original squad, which was one of the most popular to ever lace 'em up in the tournament, the new Monkeys are promising to display the good nature and athleticism of their predecessors.
Admission is free.
This weekend's schedule is as follows:
5 p.m.—Birds vs. AIA, Kermodes vs. T-Birds
6 p.m.—Monkeys vs. Falcons, One Up and Pippen Ain't Easy
7 p.m.—Runnin Rebels vs. Wolfpack, Fusion vs. Team Chaos
8 p.m.—X-Falcons vs. Blacktop Rainmen, Cascades vs. Team 604
10 a.m.—West Coast Warriors vs. AIA, Pippen Ain't Easy vs. Team 604
11 a.m.—Cascades vs. One Up, UFV vs. Blacktop Rainmen
12 p.m.—Birds vs. Falcons, Fusion vs. T-Birds
1 p.m.—Team Chaos vs. Kermodes, X-Falcons vs. Wolfpack
2 p.m.—Monkeys vs. West Coast Warriors
3 p.m.—UFV vs. Runnin Rebels, Team 604 vs. One Up
4 p.m.—AIA vs. Falcons, Pippen Ain't Easy vs. Cascades
5 p.m.—Blackop Rainmen vs. Wolfpack, Fusion vs. Kermodes
6 p.m.—Birds vs. Monkeys, Team Chaos vs. T-Birds
7 p.m.—Runnin Rebels vs. X-Falcons
8 p.m.—UFV vs. Wolfpack, West Coast Warriors vs. Falcons
9 a.m.—Runnin Rebels vs. Blacktop Rainmen, Women's quarter-final 1
10 a.m.—Monkeys vs. AIA, Women's quarter-final 2
11 a.m.—X-Falcons vs. UFV, Women's quarter-final 3
12 p.m.—Birds vs. West Coast Warriors, Women's quarter-final 4
1 p.m.—Men's quarter-final 1
2 p.m.—Men's quarter-final 2, Women's semifinal 1
3 p.m.—Men's semifinal 1, Women's semifinal 2
4 p.m.—Men's semifinal 2
5 p.m.—Women's final
6 p.m.—Three-point and slam dunk contests
7:30 p.m.—Men's final