Teen Basketball Player Dies During Tourney - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Teen Basketball Player Dies During Tourney

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - A South Texas high school basketball player has died after collapsing at a tournament in Austin.

Roma High School junior Robert Garza was playing in the AAU tournament with the Hoopsters, a South Texas club team. Hoopsters coach Arnold Martinez told The Monitor of McAllen that the
16-year-old collapsed on Saturday during a time out after taking a drink of water and giving a teammate a "high five."

Garza's high school coach, Abelardo Escobar, told the newspaper that Garza was taken to Brackenridge Hospital, where he was pronounced dead just over an hour after his collapse.

Calls by The Associated Press to Martinez and Escobar on Sunday weren't answered. The cause of death was not yet known and an autopsy was planned.

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