November 18, 2012

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Kansas City, MO–  The Acura Coaches vs Cancer Classic, an annual basketball tournament benefiting the American Cancer Society, closed out action of the Evansville Sub Host with Western Illinois topping Yale in Oakland City, IN.

Yale 47, Western Illinois 59 - Game Recap

The Acura Coaches vs. Cancer Classic ( is one of the most prestigious early-season college basketball tournaments. Twelve teams will compete in the event with four of them serving as regional hosts. Regional Round action takes place from Nov. 9-13 with the four hosts advancing to the Championship Rounds, Nov. 16-17, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The remainder of the field will participate in a round-robin series at one of two sub-host sites.  The  Acura Coaches vs. Cancer Classic is produced by Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc. ( a sporting events management company based in the Shenandoah Valley city of Winchester, Virginia.   The Championship Rounds of the Classic will take place at Brooklyn, NY’s new sports and entertainment venue, the Barclay’s Center ( and will be aired by Turner Sports, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., on truTV. 

The Coaches vs. Cancer program ( is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society ( and the National Association of Basketball Coaches ( that empowers basketball coaches, their teams, and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer. The program leverages the personal experiences, community leadership, and professional excellence of basketball coaches nationwide to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living through year-round awareness efforts, fundraising activities, and advocacy programs. Since 1993 the initiative has raised more than $85 million dollars to fund groundbreaking research, provide up-to-date cancer literacy, advocate for public health policies and deliver services to improve the quality of life for patients and their families. 

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