The Domino’s Pizza/Powerade Senior Boys Tip-Off Basketball Classic, has finally come down to two teams that will compete for all the marbles this coming Saturday.
For the third straight time the Tabernacle Falcons (6-0) and St. Georges’ Jaguars (6-0) will face off for the coveted Tip-Off Classic championship rings, this weekend at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Georges’ Gymnasium.
The Falcons knocked off their semi-finals’ opponent, the Jack Hayward Wildcats (3-3) in a thriller. Led by Franco Miller Jr.’s 20-point effort, the Falcons out-lasted the Wildcats 45-42.
Trimaine Ferguson led the Wildcats in scoring with 12 points.
Shortly after, the St. Georges’ Jaguars had the edge over the Sunland Stingers.
Devonte Jennings led the Jaguars with 12 points in the Jags 52-51 survival. In the loss Brandon Meadows posted a game high 21 points.
With the championship table set for Saturday evening, the outcome of this trilogy is sure to be highly anticipated. The Falcons out-lasted the Jaguars, 56-49 back in 2014 when the two teams met in the championship game.
Raheem Laing was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in that match-up.
Fast forward to the 2015 rematch, where the Jaguars exacted their revenge on the Falcons with a 56-39 win.
Sherman Robinson led the way for the Jaguars to receive MVP honors.
However, the most recent clash between these two teams for a championship came during the Crusaders Christmas Basketball Invitational back in December 2016.
The Jaguars got the best of the Falcons with a 58-39 win, behind a strong showing from Jaguars’ big-man, Howard Hinzey.
The two teams know each other extremely well, so their third meeting in the Tip-Off Classic Championship should be one to talk about for a long time.
As for senior girls, their run in the Tip-Off Classic continued yesterday as well. The Lucaya International Buccaneers (2-0) defeated the Lady Jaguars (0-2) 15-11.
Carlie McBrager fueled the Bucs with 11 points. Chandera Munnings had three points for the Jaguars in the loss.
The Eight Mile Rock Blue Jays (2-0) bested the Lady Wildcats (0-2) in a close 14-10 contest.
Deliah Rigby led the Blue Jays with 10 points, while Dwanique Lightbourne charged the Wildcats with eight points.
And in their last game of the day, the Bishop Michael Eldon Lady Warriors (2-0), edged by the Lady Falcons (0-2) 20-18 in overtime.
Paula Green was big for the Warriors with 10 points, while Diondra Nixon gave the Falcons six points in the loss.
Yesterday, the Warriors took on the Bucs, the Jaguars faced the Blue Jays, and the Falcons faced the Wildcats in senior girls action.
The results of those games were not made known by press time.
Published Friday, January 20, 2017