Richmond, VA (WWBT)- The 2011 Times-Dispatch Invitational Tournament tipped off on Friday night, with eight area boys teams and eight local girls squads hitting the court. At the end of the evening, the top-ranked team in the tournament and the defending champion on the boys side had both fallen in first round action.
Highland Springs won last year's event and entered tonight's first round without the services of its best player. Micah Thomas sat tonight's game out with a fractured toe, as the Springers went up against John Marshall. Highland Springs entered 4-1, with the Justices 5-0. The two teams battled back and forth, but in the end, it was John Marshall with the last laugh, knocking off the defending champs, 71-66. Willie Mangum paced the Justices with 18 points, while C.J. Wiggins put up 17 for the Springers in the losing cause.
John Marshall will face Cosby on Saturday in the championship bracket semifinals. The Titans played a very close back-and-forth game with Meadowbrook on Friday night and came away with the 79-75 victory.
In other TDIT action, the team that was widely considered the best in the area found itself upset. Last year's state runner-up, L.C. Bird, fell in overtime to Thomas Jefferson, 63-62. The Vikings move on to play Henrico on Saturday in the semifinals.
Girls action saw Monican top Hermitage, 56-41. The Chiefs move on in the championship bracket and will battle St. Catherine's, which knocked off Lee-Davis, 55-37. Varina and Cosby will meet in the other championship semifinal. The Blue Devils beat Mills Godwin, 64-48, while Cosby topped Meadowbrook, 54-44.
Boy's Championship Bracket (Randolph-Macon College):
Henrico vs. Thomas Jefferson- 6:00 pm
John Marshall vs. Cosby- 7:30 pm
Boy's Consolation Bracket (Clover Hill High School):
St. Christopher's vs. L.C. Bird- 12:00 pm
Highland Springs vs. Meadowbrook- 1:30 pm
Girl's Championship Bracket (Randolph-Macon College):
St. Catherine's vs. Monacan- 3:00 pm
Varina vs. Cosby- 4:30 pm
Girl's Consolation Bracket (Clover Hill High School):
Lee-Davis vs. Hermitage- 9:00 am
Mills Godwin vs. Meadowbrook- 10:30 am