BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Theodore Bobcats won the opening tip tonight. They came down court. and immediately tried an alley oop dunk. The connection didn't work. But, the gasps from the crowd were an indication the St. Martin Yellow Jackets stepped up in class at Hoopsfest.
The Yellow Jackets played a skilled, and very athletic Theodore, Alabama basketball team in game seven of the annual high school basketball classic.
Yellow Jackets' guard Stacee St. Julian did his part to keep his team within striking distance. He scored St. Martin's first 12 points. St. Julian also had the prettiest first half assist, setting up Rodrick Sikes for an alley oop dunk that worked. Despite the dunk, and St. Julian scoring prowess, St. Martin trailed 27-17 at the half.
St. Martin coach Charlie Pavlus got everything he could out of his Yellow Jackets in the third quarter. They battled. And they took it to Theodore, cutting the lead to 40-32 after three quarters.
The Yellow Jackets trimmed the deficit to five when Rodrick Sikes hit a jumper at the 4:25 mark.
A Sikes three point shot cut it to four with 4:00 still on the clock.
But, Theodore's Dazon Ingram made four straight free throws to give the Bobcats some breathing room.
St. Martin was unfazed. When Josh McCarty nailed a three from the wing, the deficit was down to 49-46. And there was still 2:18 on the clock.
A St. Julian steal and layup with :46 left had St. Martin within four at 54-50. His baseline jumper with :11 made it 57-54. But, the valiant effort came up just a bit short. Theodore beats St. Martin 59-54.