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High School Basketball Player Dies
POSTED: Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 7:45pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 11:04pm
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.
The cause of death was not yet known and an autopsy was planned.