The Fiesta Bowl Junior College Shootout tipped off Wednesday in Heap Gymnasium at Mesa Community College.

CONTACT: Harrison Raboy

Eight junior college basketball teams from around the country will compete in the three-day double-elimination tournament at Mesa Community College that concludes on December 30.

The competition brings together some of the best talent in junior college basketball. The all-time leader in JUCO wins, Coach Gene Buss, leads his Three Rivers (Missouri) Raiders into the tournament. The Monroe (New York) Mustangs are currently the no. 1 team in the nation, boasting a perfect 12-0 record. The reigning champion of the tournament, The Salt Lake CC (Utah) Bruins, is back and ranked no. 5 in the country, as they look to build upon their success from a year ago. Junior colleges from Texas, North Dakota, Illinois and Arizona round out the field.

Three Rivers defeated Salt Lake in the first game of the tournament on Wednesday. 

Tickets are $15 for a day pass, and $35 for the entire tournament. To purchase tickets, call 480-350-0911.

Now in its second year, the Fiesta Bowl is excited to partner with a great academic institution and bring even more spirit and support to the Valley through athletic events. For more information regarding the Fiesta Bowl Junior College Shootout, log on to



About the Fiesta Bowl

The Fiesta Bowl is a non-profit organization founded by Arizona community leaders in 1971. Through the creation of the Festival of College Football, including more than 40 statewide events, the annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, the organization continues to promote volunteerism, athletic achievement and higher education. Its mission is to remain a source of pride for all Arizonans by contributing strongly to the state’s economic development, tourism and community causes. For more information about the Fiesta Bowl, please visit