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Caprock Classic welcomes international players

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The Caprock Classic basketball tournament started 61 years ago. Back then, the West Texas tradition had only eight teams. This year, there are 90. 

Gary Johnson, the tournament's director, says numbers have increased due to the four game guarantee and the lack on entrance fees. It's reputation has grown to the point where international teams have joined. This year, teams from Australia and Canada have entered. Johnson says other countries have acclimated well, despite cultural differences. 

 "They may talk a little funny but still you've got the ball that needs to go into the basket and you have the same type of rules that they follow," Johnson said. 

Sardis is one of the international teams joining this year. It hails from British Columbia in Canada. Head coach Adam Smith has ties with Lubbock. 

"I have been hooked up with Texas Tech University football and basketball coaches and I have been coming out for 11 years so I figured it'd be cool to get my team out here," Smith said. 

The tournament has an impact on the Hub City's economy. 

"Teams come from out of town and they stay at the hotels. They eat, they shop, and that's something that wouldn't usually happen after Christmas," Johnson said. 

The revenue from the tournament goes toward Alstrom Angels, The Texas Boys Ranch, a wheelchair ramp program, and scholarships for students who study physical or occupational therapy. The Caprock Classic wraps up Saturday. You can catch the finals starting at 4 on MyLubbockTV. 

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