Yesterday, the brackets were announced for the United States deaf basketball’s 71st edition of the men’s and and 25th edition of the women’s Annual Art Kruger & Thomas Elliot Memorial, scheduled to take place in Oakland, California from April 9 to April 11.
Fourteen men’s teams are scheduled to take part including the Indy Hawks, SacTown, Faribault from Minnesota, Showstoppers, Eastern Canada, Oregon, The City from the Bay Area and Sacramento, Calizona from Arizona and California, Fremont, Chicago, CA Ballerz from the Bay Area, Seattle, Star City from Lincoln, and DMV from the District of Colombia and surrounding area. The Indy Hawks enter as the number one ranked team, while DMV enters as the number two ranked team. Both teams get byes in the first round. California is ranked third, and meets Fremont in their first game. The City is ranked fifth and meets SacTown in their first game. No other teams are ranked. Showstoppers meet Eastern Canada in their opening, while Chicago Rebels meet CA Ballerz and Seattle plays Star City. The first and second round of men’s games all take place on Thursday in an elimination final that seems losers put into the consolidation final.
Six women’s teams are scheduled to participate, including the three teams put into Pool A, East Coast Storm, Chicago Lady Panthers, Vancouver Reds, and three teams put into Pool B, West Stars, andMountaineers, NorCal/Nighthawks. The women’s tournament kicks off on Thursday afternoon when Chicago takes on Vancouver. Five pool games take place on Friday, with seeding placement taking place on Saturday based on where teams finish in their pools.