-- I counted 106 people in the gym, besides players, officials and staff, during the national anthem at 11:59 p.m., prior to the tipping off of the Ventura College men's basketball team's Midnight Madness.
12:03 Guard Troy Watson, a Chicago native who played the Pirates two years ago, was just introduced to the crowd alongside his teammates. He's an interesting addition to the team.
12:04 -- PA announcer Ric Ruffinelli just handed the microphone to head coach Will Cowen, whose first comments of the 2009-10 season include "We really have the commitment here renewed to bring all the great traditions of this program back."
12:05 -- Looks like the proceedings include five 5-minute scrimmage periods. We'll be here for about 90 minutes. We'll see how many fans are still here at 1:30 a.m.
12:07 -- The opening scrimmage pits a Black team of Paul Batausa, Justin Jimenez, Jeremiah Slowik, Jordan Harris and Pierce Brooks against a White team of Nolan Smith, Jon Keen, Moises Barrera,Randy Gonazales and Eysan Toole.
12:13 a.m. -- The Black team wins, 11-4. Batausa, who became the first Ventura High product to play for VC tonight in more than a decade tonight, drilled a 22 footer.
12:29 a.m. -- Former Ventura College assistant coach Jon Wyers is here with his Villanova Prep assistant and former VC guard Andre Jamerson.
12:30 a.m. -- Jon Keen, a 6-foot-5 wing from Hawaii, looks pretty explosive in the open court. He's snuck away for a couple breakaway buckets. Batausa and Harris have buried a couple 3-pointers.
12:32 a.m. -- Done with three of the five short scrimmages. The head count in the gym is now 138.
12:43 a.m. -- University of San Francisco transfer PIerce Brooks tips in at the buzzer to win the fourth scrimmage, 12-10.
12:55 a.m. -- Troy Watson, Jon Keen, Jordan Harris and Jeremiah Slowik will compete in the dunk contest.
12:56 a.m. -- Watson throws down with one hand for a 9. Keen has a pretty catch and flush for a 9. Harris goes the length of the court Jordan-style for a 9.5.
12:57 a.m. -- Watson only get a 9 for a sick double pump flush. Watson then brings it down to his ankles and back up behind his head for the 10 that clinches the competition.
1:01 a.m. -- Batausa's gotta be the favorite in the upcoming 3-point shootout. Or maybe Slowik.
1:03 a.m. -- Looks like Batausa, Brooks, Barrera and Bradish will shoot.
1:05 a.m. -- Barrera beats Batauta, 14-9, in the first round. Brooks beats Bradish, 8-7 in the second round.
1:07 a.m. -- Ramirez ends the proceedings with "Thank you for coming and don't forget what's on that wall."