Blue Wave wins Lake Area Tournament; COVID-19 mars SAMCO Classic at Trenton

The P.K. Yonge boys basketball team was awarded the Lake Area McDonald’s Christmas Tournament title. The Blue Wave finished 2-0 at the 3-day tournament hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Starke at Bradford High School. 

P.K. Yonge defeated the host Tornadoes 55-48 on Friday, and Hope Christian Academy (Jacksonville) 66-30 on Saturday. 

Bradford went 2-1 and was awarded the runner-up trophy. 

On Saturday, the Tornadoes rallied from a 17-0 deficit to defeat Gainesville High 77-72. 

Bradford’s Adontae Balfour was named tournament MVP, while teammate Chalil Cummings was named to the All-Tournament Team, along with P.K. Yonge’s Adrian Bloodworth and Gainesville’s Daryus Boyd.

Trenton girls lose first game

On Friday night the Trenton girls’ basketball team suffered their first loss of the season in the championship game of the SAMCO Christmas Classic at Trenton High School.  The Lady Tigers dropped to 10-1 following a 54-38 loss to Class 2A University Christian (Jacksonville).  

The 3-day tournament was shortened to just two days after the Trinity Catholic (Ocala) boys, Union County girls and Hamilton County (Jasper) girls pulled out due to COVID-19.  

The Bell boys filled in on Thursday and lost to University Christian, 50-42. 

Plus, on Friday, University Christian notified Trenton that they were shutting down all school activities effective Saturday, thus ending the tournament after Friday night’s boys’ game between Trenton and University Christian. 

The Trenton boys lost the game 52-45 to finish 0-2 at the tournament.

Trenton, which fell to 3-7, is off the rest of the year and will host Union County on Monday, January 4th

The Trenton girls are off until the new year and will play at Providence (Jacksonville) that night. 

The Dixie County boys, which lost to Union County 39-34 at the tournament, aren’t scheduled to play again until Thursday, January 7, when the Bears travel to Hamilton County.

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