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Lanier Girls and Provine Boys Win Pepsi-JPS Holiday Basketball Tournament

January 10, 2019

The Lanier High School Lady Bulldogs and the Provine High School Rams captured the 2018 Pepsi-JPS Basketball Tournament title. The tournament was held over three days from December 26–28.

Lanier girls basketball team
2018 Pepsi-JPS Basketball Tournament Girls Champs – Lanier High School

The Lanier girls defeated the Lady Mustangs of Murrah by a score of 37-25. Keshuna Luckett, who led the team in scoring with 18 points, was named the game MVP. Lanier has enjoyed a winning season and finished the tournament with a 14-2 record. Jonas James Jr. is the team's head coach. His assistant coaches are Mikel Houston, Kierra Jordan and Rickey Purvis.

Provine boys basketball team
2018 Pepsi-JPS Basketball Tournament Boys Champs – Provine High School

The Provine boys managed a one-point victory over the Warren Central Vikings with a basket at the buzzer made by Ro'Darian Pendelton. This earned him MVP honors in the game that ended 45-44. Head coach Sirdonta Washington led the Rams to a respectable 12-6 record at tournament's end. Julian Pickett and Christopher Ellis are the team's assistant coaches.

Over 350 student-athletes from 24 girls and boys teams participated in the three-day tournament. Teams traveled from across the state and beyond to vie for the coveted championship. The bracket was packed with 30-plus games scheduled at multiple sites. Sportsmanship and MVP awards were given at the end of each winner's bracket game.

Terrance Robinson and Clinton Johnson
Terrance Robinson of Brown Bottling Company presents a check for $7,000 to Clinton Johnson, Executive Director of Athletics for JPS .

Brown Bottling Group sponsors the annual Pepsi-JPS Holiday Basketball Tournament. The company provides individual and team trophies for winners and game MVPs. Representative Terrance Robinson presented a donation of $7,000 on behalf of Brown Bottling to JPS Athletics.

Jonas James, Keshuna Luckett, Terrance Robinson Ro'Darian Pendelton
Keshuna Luckett of Lanier was named the MVP of the girls championship game. Ro'Darian Pendelton's (left) game-winning basket at the buzzer earned him MVP honors for the boys championship game.

More Coverage: Provine, Lanier Pepsi-JPS Holiday Tournament Champions, WJTV, December 28, 2018