CYPRESS — CFISD’s Richard E. Berry Center (8877 Barker Cypress Road) will once again host the UIL Region III-6A Boys’ Basketball Tournament, March 1-2.

This marks the third year for CFISD to act as host for the regional basketball tournament, which was previously held at Aldine ISD’s Campbell Center.

Last year’s regional tournament featured teams from four different area school districts (Alief, Deer Park, Houston and Katy). Katy Tompkins High School defeated Alief Taylor 60-43 in the championship game on the way to finishing as the Class 6A state runner-up.

Semifinal games will be at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday, March 1. The regional championship will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 2.

“It is always great to get a chance to host a premier UIL event in Cypress,” said Ray Zepeda, CFISD director of athletics. “We are thankful that we get to be the hosts of this year’s Class 6A regional boys’ basketball tournament March 1-2 in the beautiful Berry Center. We are very proud of our facilities and our community and welcome all to come out to be a part of this great event.

“The CFISD Superintendent’s Fun Run and Festival is occurring the morning of the regional championship game and we would hope our community comes out with their families to make a day of it by participating in the fun run in the morning and then heading over to the championship game after lunch. It should be a first-class event with great basketball action.”

Media interested in covering either the semifinal games or the regional final are asked email Gina Kovar (gina.kovar@cfisd.net) with the CFISD athletic office by noon Friday, Feb. 22. Please indicate whether a seat at the press table will be needed.

The check-in area will be on the east side of the Berry Center and media will be required to show press identification upon arrival.

Following each game, media members are asked to allow tournament personnel time to organize teams for trophy presentations or other postgame items before conducting interviews.

The Berry Center’s multi-purpose arena is designed for 9,500 maximum capacity, with 8,300 fixed seats. The handicap-accessible facility features more than 4,000 parking spaces.

The winner of the regional championship will advance to the UIL Basketball State Championships, March 7-9 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Visit http://uiltexas.org/basketball for more information.

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