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Dec. 18, 2003 — It's going to be one big basketball weekend on St. Thomas. But one person just won't be able to see all the action the way things stand now, with games beginning at both venues at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
There'll be a high school tournament at Charlotte Amalie High School gymnasium Friday, Saturday and Monday. A team from Hamden Hall Country Day School in Hamden, Conn., will take on three St. Thomas teams, at the rate of one a night. Coming from where it was snowing Wednesday night, with temperatures in the 20s, the Hamden Hall Hornets will take on the Ivanna Eudora Kean Devil Rays Friday, the Charlotte Amalie Chicken Hawks Saturday, and the Antilles Hurricanes Monday.
The Hamden Hall Hornets are coached by David Beckerman. Team member Marcus Wellman is from St. Croix.
All games are scheduled for 7 p.m. Admission is $2 for students and children, $3 for adults.
Across town, at the University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center, the UVI Bucs and Lady Bucs will battle other refugees from the snowy weather: the Pace University Setters men's and women's teams. Pace University has campuses in New York City, Westchester, and the Hudson Valley.
Admission is $2.
The Lady Bucs take to the floor with the Pace women at 7 p.m. Friday. The UVI men's Bucs will take on the male pace Setters 15 minutes after the women's game concludes. The Lady Bucs and the women Pace Setters will play a second game at 7 p.m. on Saturday. The men won't play on Saturday.
These games open the season for the UVI teams. The Pace Setters men's team are 6-2 on the season overall and 3-2 in Northeast 10 conference play. Their head coach is Jim Harter. The Pace Setters women are 5-3 overall and 4-1 in the conference. Carrie Seymour is their coach.
On the UVI men's team this season are Wayne Rawlins, Stephen Samuel, Torian Henry, Dashiell Freeman, Burt Chesterfield, Brandon Varlack, Kwasi Brathwaite and Deanroy Baptiste. They are coached by head coach Sean Georges and assistant coach Conrad Francois Jr. Freeman and Henry lead the team.
On the UVI women's team are leaders Diana Palmer and Rona Stephens, Jennifer Rogers, Latoya Garvey, Leukemia Mounce, Elbe Brathwaite, and Marsha Bernard. Their head coach is Cyril Benjamin, and Emil Aska is assistant coach.
The possibility of changing some game times may be discussed, so that basketball lovers won't have to miss any games.
If all the local action isn't enough, anyone who can make it through Friday night to about 2 a.m. can see Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs tackle the Seattle Sonics in ESPN's live telecast. The game begins at 11:30 p.m. Friday.

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