- Jackson Public Schools
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.
|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. Kushuna 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.
|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 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.
|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