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Basketball jamboree to include 37 teams

Thirty-seven high school teams from around the West will gather in South Lake Tahoe starting today for the Lake Tahoe Girls Basketball Jamboree.

The 20th edition of the Jamboree will feature three teams from Oregon and two from Utah in addition to squads from all over California.

Games will be held in both gyms at South Tahoe High as well as Kahle Community Center in Stateline.

The teams will be split into three-team pools for Thursday’s games and split into divisions for Friday and Saturday, with each team guaranteed five games and teams making it to the championship game playing six.

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South Tahoe High’s team will open against Clackamas (Ore.) High #1 at 8 a.m. on Thursday, with a 5:20 p.m. date against Tamalpais High to follow. Both games will be held in the Blue Gym at STHS.

While this year’s field isn’t as large as those in years past, organizer Les Wright considers the Jamboree a unique experience for visiting teams.

“Teams come up here and it’s like a vacation,” Wright said. “It’s a reward for the players. It’s a chance to bond with their teammates, sharing a cabin and cooking meals together.”

Games will consist of two 18-minute halves with a running clock.

There will be nine practice games on Wednesday beginning at noon in the Blue Gym and free-throw contests in both STHS gyms starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

The Jamboree is sponsored by the Lake Tahoe Marathon and admission to all games is free.

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