Jets split games in Central Florida Thanksgiving Classic Tournament
The South Georgia Technical College Jets upset Central Florida in their own Central Florida Thanksgiving Classic basketball tournament recently in a narrow 84 – 82 decision over the unbeaten Patriots. The Jets dropped a 92 – 80 decision to St. Petersburg College in the opening match-up to walk away 1 – 1 in the tournament.
The win over Central Florida was especially sweet for South Georgia Technical College Jets head coach Travis Garrett, who played there during his college career. “I was very proud of my team,” said Coach Garrett. “We got down early and trailed 42 – 35 at the half, but we came out strong in the second half to clinch the 84 – 82 victory.” Central Florida was 7 – 0 prior to the upset by the 3 – 4 Jets.
The Jets were able to overcome that seven-point half-time deficit and pull ahead by three with one minute remaining in the game. The two teams battled during the last sixty seconds but a free throw by Jets guard Mike Boone at the end clinched the victory for South Georgia Tech.
Sophomore guard Rico Simmons led the Jets in scoring with 17 points, six assists and six rebounds. Sophomore Forward DeVante Foster and sophomore guard Mike Boone were close behind with 15 points each. Foster had seven rebounds and one assist and Boone had four rebounds and two assists.
Sophomore guard Dawan Bass and sophomore forward Maruel Wiggins closed out the double digit scoring for the Jets with 13 points each. Bass had five rebounds and Wiggins have seven. Sophomore Emshuan Offord came off the bench to add nine points for the Jets and freshman Adonis Green closed out the scoring with two points in that game.
The Jets also had a good game against St. Petersburg in the first match-up of the tournament but fell short in the 92 – 80 decision. Sophomore Marquel Wiggins from Oglethorpe led the Jets in scoring in that game with 30 points and 18 rebounds. Sophomore guard Rico Simmons was close behind with 21 points. He had four rebounds and four assists. The only other Jet in double digits was Dawan Bass, a sophomore guard from Baltimore, Maryland. He had 10 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
Rounding out the scoring for the Jets was sophomore Mike Boone with eight points, Adonis Green, Malik Wilson and Monte Greene all had three points and DeVante Foster closed out the scoring with one point.
The Jets will travel to Miami, FL on December 1st and 2nd for the Miami Dade Classic Tournament. They will fact Miami Dade on December 1st at 8 p.m. and then Palm Beach on December 2nd at 12 noon. They will return home on Wednesday, December 6th for a double-header with the Lady Jets. The Jets will face Tallahassee Community College at 7:30 p.m. The Lady Jets host Andrew at 5:30 p.m.