The Merv Lopes Hoops Classic brings together outstanding basketball talent and gives students in Hawai’i an opportunity to match their skills with some of the best players in the nation. We hope that participation in this tournament raises the aspirations of each team and improves their level of play as their seasons unfold.

Over the last five years, the Saint Francis Merv Lopes Hoops Classic has grown to become a major event of its kind in Hawai’i. The 2009 event had more than 320 participants, 16 teams and some of the most exciting games we’ve ever witnessed. It’s truly the tournament where the best teams prove they belong in the Classic. The 2010 tournament was history in the making. December 27th thru December 30th marked a first for Saint Francis School as we placed our first men’s varsity basketball team in the 16 team tournament. To add to the excitement, another big event took place. The women of Saint Francis School took on 7 other schools in the ”Lady’s Hoops Classic.”

We were fortunate to have teams from Alaska, Canada, the island of Hawai’i, the OIA, and the ILH in this year’s field. Now that we have some awesome resources and commitment of numerous corporate sponsors including ADIDAS, we are ready to take this event to a whole new level of national recognition and excitement.

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