HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-The Tiger basketball team did not look like it had been off for an extended break as it dominated in a 114-62 victory over the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg in the first game of the Bojangles Christmas Classic. In the second game of the night, John Jay defeated Frostburg State 89-86.
Pitt.-Greensburg will face Frostburg State in the consolation game tomorrow at 3:00 pm, and the Tigers will face John Jay at 5:00 pm in the championship.
The Tigers opened the game with a bang as Khobi Williamson (Norfolk, VA/Maury) slammed home an ally-oop from Ru White (Chesterfield, VA/L.C. Bird). After the quick dunk, Ben Jessee (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) knocked down three straight trifectas to put the Tigers up 11-5 just over two minutes into the game.
The Bobcats were not daunted, and a David Palmer lay up at the 15:52 mark tied the game at 14-14.
After Harrison George (Raleigh, NC/Leesville) put the Tigers up 20-16, Palmer responded again to cut it to 20-18. It was all Tigers for the next two minutes as they just an 8-0 run to go up 28-18 just over seven minutes into the game.
A Brock Witkowski triple put the Bobcats within seven at 30-23, but the Tigers again poured it on. The Tigers reeled off 14 unanswered points to take a 44-23 advantage before Anthony Papini hit a three at the 6:36 mark to stop the run.
Palmer then scored four straight before Greg Lewis (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover) ended the brief drought with a three pointer to go up 47-30. Witkowski fired right back with another three, but the Tigers ended the half on a 10-0 run to take a 57-33 halftime lead.
The Bobcats scored the first points of the second half with a three, but the Tigers soon extended their lead to 30 when a George jumper made it a 68-38 game. Leon Hargrove (Raleigh, NC/Middle Creek) again pushed the lead as his three pointer put the Tigers up 73-41 at the 14:26 mark.
Two and a half minutes later, Jessee hit another three to give the Tigers a 40 point advantage at 84-44. Hampden-Sydney continued the offensive onslaught, and Kodie Critzer (Charlottesville, VA/St. Anne's-Belfield) laid the ball in at the 9:26 mark to take a 92-49 lead.
Three minutes later, Sasha Obradovic (Belgrade, Serbia/Hawaii Prep) connected on a lay up to hit the century mark with a 100-55 advantage. Alex Smith (Whitsett, NC/T. Wingate Andrews) later hit two free throws to give Hampden-Sydney a 50 point lead at 108-58.
To finish the game, the Tigers outscored the Bobcats 6-4 to advance to the championship game.
George led all scorers with 28 points on 12-of-19 shooting while five other Tigers scored in double figures. George also recorded a career-high eight steals. Jessee and Williamson each scored 12 points, and Lewis added 11. White and Cam Anderson (Charlottesville, VA/Blue Ridge) each scored 10 points while Anderson was a perfect 5-of-5.
As a team, the Tigers were 48-of-81 (59.3%) from the floor, 10-of-25 (40%) from beyond the arc, and 8-of-14 (57.1%) from the foul line. They also dished out 29 assists to just nine turnovers. They also outrebounded Greensburg 35 to 31.
The Bobcats were led by Witkowski's 16 points. Palmer scored 15, and Brian Heinle added 10 points.