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Sports Highlights: Dec. 18-22


Basketball dominates this week’s sports schedule. UCSB plays two challenging road games today (Tuesday, Dec. 18). The Gaucho women, coming off a 54-46 victory at Washington, visit BYU in the afternoon. The men have an 8 p.m. game at California. On Friday, the women will be home in the Thunderdome against No. 7-ranked Kentucky.

Santa Barbara High and San Marcos will get an early start to their rivalry in boys basketball this season, as both teams have made it to the championship game of the Jim Bashore Cage Classic at Carpinteria High. The Dons and Royals will meet at 7 p.m. Carpinteria will face Nordhoff for the consolation title at 4 p.m.

The Santa Barbara High Tournament of Champions, a traditional holiday showcase of girls basketball, will begin a four-day run Wednesday at the Santa Barbara, Dos Pueblos and San Marcos gyms. Sixteen teams will vie for the Gold Division title, including defending champion Ventura, Orange Lutheran, Bishop Montgomery and Oak Park. Santa Barbara will face St. Bonaventure in the opening round at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Dos Pueblos will take on Harvard-Westlake at 6 p.m. in the Chargers’ gym.

SCHEDULE OF GAMES

Tuesday, December 18

High school boys basketball – Jim Bashore Cage Classic at Carpinteria, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Consolation, 4 p.m.; Third Place, 5:30 p.m.; Championship, 7 p.m.

College women’s basketball – UCSB at BYU, 1 p.m.

College men’s basketball – Westmont vs. John Brown (Ark.) at CSU San Marcos, 7 p.m.; UCSB at California, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, December 19

High school boys soccer – Oak Park at Cate, 3:15 p.m.

High school girls basketball – Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions at SB High, Dos Pueblos and San Marcos, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

College men’s basketball – Westmont at CSU San Marcos, 7 p.m.

Thursday, December 20

High school girls basketball – Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions at SB High, Dos Pueblos and San Marcos, 3-7:30 p.m.

Friday, December 21

College women’s basketball – Kentucky at UCSB, 3 p.m.

High school girls basketball – Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions at SB High, Dos Pueblos and San Marcos, 3-7:30 p.m.

College men’s basketball – UCSB at Wyoming, 6 p.m.

High school boys basketball – Dos Pueblos at San Marcos, 7 p.m.; Providence Hall at Carpinteria, 7 p.m.

Saturday, December 22

High school girls basketball – Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions at SB High, 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. (championship).

High school girls water polo – Alumni at Santa Barbara, 11 a.m.

RUNNING, WALKINGCYCLING

Tuesday, January 1 – Resolution Day 10K/5K Run, Leadbetter Beach, 8:30 a.m. active.com.

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