Tip Off Challenge gets season under way

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The 2007-08 basketball season began last weekend with the first annual Tip Off Challenge at the new T.C. Williams High School gym. The atmosphere was more like that of the Super Bowl, with chances to shoot hoops for cars and raffles for Caribbean vacations.

After the Bishop Ireton and Episcopal basketball game and before the T.C.-St. Stephens & St. Agnes contest, the T.C.s court was officially named for Alexandrias own Earl Lloyd, the first African-American player in the NBA and a graduate of Parker-Gray High School in the city. After the official dedication, Lloyd threw up a ceremonial tip and the game was on.

Both the Saints and the Titans looked flat throughout the first quarter, finishing that period in a 9-9 tie. The second quarter was not much better, with lackluster shooting from both teams. Halftime gave both coaches a chance to regroup, and both teams played better in the second half. Senior Anthony Winbush dominated the scoring for the Titans, who pulled away in the fourth quarter and won, 72-62.

Bishop Ireton tops Episcopal
The first game of the Tip Off Challenge pitted The Cardinals of Bishop Ireton High School against The Maroon from Episcopal.

The Maroon dominated the entire game, led by junior guard Jordan Martinez. With time running out, though, BI took the lead for the first time in the game. With less than 30 seconds on the clock, Episcopal tied the score. With no time on the clock, and BI with the ball, the referees called a foul on Episcopal, sending Javorn Farrell to the line. He made the first of two free throws, winning the contest for the Cardinals, 52-51

Before the four Alexandria schools played, the Titan girls played Chancellor High School from Fredericksburg. At halftime, the Titans led, 52-13. They went on to win, 82-24, with coach Jim Lewis resting his starters most of the second half.

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