Top Texas teams to compete in McDonald’s Invitational Basketball Tournament

Top Texas teams to compete in McDonald’s Invitational Basketball Tournament
Posted on 11/05/2019
Top Texas teams to compete in McDonald’s Invitational Basketball Tournament

Eighty teams, featuring some of the state’s top-ranked athletes, will jump start their season by competing in the 2019 McDonald’s Texas Invitational Basketball Tournament -- one of the nation’s premiere early-season championship tournaments.

The tournament begins on Thursday, Nov. 21 and is a launching pad for potential state champions and state tournament contenders and will feature show-stopping action at 10 venues in the Pasadena ISD and Deer Park ISD area.

The Invitational will consist of 48 boys’ teams and 32 girls’ teams. On the boys’ side, 48 teams have been divided into two 24-team divisions. Each 24-team division has been divided into eight three-team pools. After two pool-play games on Thursday, the teams are divided by record into Gold, Silver and Bronze brackets, each bracket working toward a champion in bracket play on Friday and Saturday. 

On the girls’ side, 32 teams are divided into two 16-team divisions, and each division is divided into four four-team pools. Three pool games are held on Thursday and Friday. After pool play, teams are placed by record into Gold, Silver and Bronze brackets. All bracket games are played on Saturday. 

Returning to the tournament this year is the boys 2018 Division 1 champion Allen High School, ranked in the top 25 Class 6A boys basketball teams in the state by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. Division 1 teams also include fourth-ranked Dickinson High; ninth-ranked Lewisville High School and Summer Creek, ranked No. 10.

This year’s long list of notable girls basketball teams include first-ranked Converse Judson; fourth-ranked Summer Creek and seventh-ranked Houston Westside High Schools.

Since its inception in 1999, the Texas Invitational has continued to highlight the state’s top players and teams while also raising funds for Pasadena and Deer Park ISDs education foundations.

The tournament is sponsored by the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce in partnership with both district’s education foundations. More than 125 businesses and organizations provide financial support to the tournament, with all proceeds benefiting the Pasadena ISD and Deer Park ISD education Foundations.

The event draws in more than 400 community volunteers, as well as students, who have the opportunity to showcase their culinary, hospitality and videography skills while helping patrons. 

The games will be exclusively live streamed by students in the Audio Visual program at all Pasadena ISD high schools. The partnership allows students in the AV program to gain valuable learning opportunities in the world of production to boost their portfolio for college or career, as well as trimming overall costs for the tournament. 

Live streaming of all boys and girls championship games, as well as select pool and bracket games will be available for viewing from multiple locations on 
www.texasinvitational.com/streaming during the tournament. 

To keep up with all the latest news, stats, photos, videos and updates throughout the tournament, visit 
www.texasinvitational.com or by following the tournament on Facebook at @TexasInvitational or on Twitter at @TXInvitational.   

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