Note: This story was last updated at 11:05 a.m.
During their second trip to the Bahamas, the Oak Ridge Wildcats won the Tabernacle Baptist Thanksgiving Tournament championship game on Saturday, beating the home team, St. Georges Jaguars, 69-54.
It was the first championship for the Wildcats in the tournament. The boys basketball team also played in the Tabernacle Christian Academy Invitational Tournament in 2013, when they finished 3-2, said broadcaster David Clary of Prepradio.com.
This year, the Wildcats finished 5-0 in the Bahamas.
Junior Tee Higgins was named the most valuable player of the tournament. Higgins drilled four three-pointers and finished with 25 points, according to Grandbahamasports.com.
Junior Tajion Jones scored 16 points for the Wildcats.
Sherman Robinson led St. Georges, the number-one ranked local team, with 20 points, while Brice Howard Hinzey chipped in with 13 points, the website said.
Oak Ridge seniors Javien Johnson and Darel Middleton joined Higgins on the all-tournament team.
The tournament was hosted by Tabernacle Baptist Christian Academy. Four Tennessee high school teams attended: Oak Ridge, Jefferson County, Cherokee, and Siegel. St. Rita’s High School of Chicago also competed.
The tournament started Wednesday and ended Saturday.
Here is a final score summary for the Wildcats in the 17th Annual Tabernacle Baptist Christian Academy Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament, courtesy of Oak Ridge Wildcats:
Game 1: Oak Ridge 65 — Tabernacle Christian 52
Game 2: Oak Ridge 70 – Bishop Michael 27
Game 3: Oak Ridge 87 – Star of the Sea 24
Semi-Final Game: Oak Ridge 59 – St. Rita’s 30
Championship Game: Oak Ridge 69 – St. George 54
MVP of the Tournament: Tee Higgins
All Tournament Team: Javien Johnson and Darel Middleton
Oak Ridge basketball will return to the Wildcat Arena on Tuesday, December 1, against the Clinton Dragons.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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