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Winter sports update: basketball teams start tournament season

The women's basketball team.

After spending some quality Thanksgiving time catching up on their studies and eating well, the Green River women's and men's basketball teams begin December prepared to play in the many pre-season tournament offerings.

The women will play host school Bellevue College at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, at the Bulldog Invitational. The three-day event will feature two teams from each Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges region, including the 2013 NWAACC champion Lane Community College of Eugene, Ore.

The Gators will face either Umpqua Community College or Big Bend Community College on Saturday, Dec. 6. The time will be determined by the first day's outcome. Women's coach Tim Riles and the team will re-enter the arena after their season-opening victory on Nov. 20.

men's bball team
The men's basketball team.

Coach Tim Malroy will hit the road with the men's basketball team and together they will travel to Spokane for the annual pilgrimage to the Bigfoot Classic.

The Gators open play on Friday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. against Edmonds Community College. Saturday, the team will be ready to face the host school Spokane or the North Idaho All-Stars. The men's basketball team (1-2) should see the return of leading scorer Isaac Winston, who suffered a deep thigh contusion on Nov. 28.   Both teams are preparing for the league opener on Thursday, Jan. 2, against Clark College.