The first taste of the basketball took place before and after Thanksgiving.
Some teams came away feeling full of confidence and others had a bad taste in their mouths.
Enough of the bad puns.
Here is a look at how some of the teams did the first week of the season.
The Mesa boys basketball team won its annual Fear the Hop tournament by going 4-0 including a 57-52 win over Hamilton in the finals.
The Jackrabbits started the year by leading Apache Junction 37-8 at halftime and continued to play well throughout the tournament, especially Xavier Fuller who was named tournament MVP.
Skyline went 3-1 in the same tournament as the Coyotes beat AJ, Mountain Ridge and Carl Hayden and lost to Corona del Sol.
Senior Dominik Moore is off to an impressive start, averaging 11.8 points and 10.5 rebounds.
Westwood played in the Independence Thanksgiving Tournament and showed some improvement in going 2-3.
The Warriors, who had guard Cory Jasinski named to the all-tourney team, opened the event with a 61-56 lost to Dysart and finished it by beating Dysart 59-43.
Desert Ridge’s Aaron Sayco was named the all-tournament team at Gilbert’s Welcome to the Jungle tournament after the Jaguars went 2-2.
They beat Pinnacle and Williams Field and lost to Chandler and Mountain Pointe.
On the girls side, the Desert Ridge girls team went 1-4 at the Highland Thanksgiving Tournament with losses to Seton Catholic, Leading Edge Academy, Highland and Chaparral but ended it with a win over Flowing Wells.
The Dobson girls went 4-1 at the Mountain Pointe Thanksgiving tournament, losing only to the Pride, as Armay Leon was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 7.5 points, 4.5 assists and 2.8 steals.
The Jackrabbits also played at Mountain Pointe and went 2-3 with wins over Coolidge and Marcos de Niza as Ariana Scoval-Tavares averaged 9.6 points, and Eliza Heiney chipped in 7.6 points and 8.2 rebounds.
Mountain View went 2-2 with wins over Benjamin Franklin and Higley to end the Queen Creek Turkey Shootout tournament after falling to Basha and Blue Ridge to start. Maianalani Ta’ase led the way at 10.5 points and 8.8 rebounds.
Skyline went lost two of its first three at Mountain Pointe with the win coming against Marcos and losing to Corona del Sol and Hamilton.
– Jason P. Skoda is a senior writer for MyNewsMesa.com. Send Mesa-based story ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.