With a record of 5-1 on the young season, the Boys Basketball Team will have Georgia on their mind as they travel across the country to Atlanta to take on some of Georgia's best high school teams in the Jared Cook Tournament held Dec. 20-22 at North Gwinnett High School in the Atlanta suburb of Suwanee.
The Islanders will play three games in the tournament, and will begin play Tuesday morning at 10:45 a.m. PST against Chapel Hill High from Douglasville, GA. The Panthers (4-3) are led in scoring by Sr. Forward Jordan Jacks. Jacks is averaging 19.3 points per game for Chapel Hill. Should the Islanders win that game, they will play Wednesday at 2 pm PST against the winner of the Central Gwinnett/Providence Christian Academy game. Central Gwinnett (6-2), out of Lawrenceville, GA, has a prolific three point shooter in Junior forward Slim Delbrige. Delbrige hit at least 4 shots from beyond the arc in the Black Knights' 62-59 win over Collins Hill (GA) Friday night. Providence Christian Academy, out of Lilburn, GA, comes into the tournament with a 3-3 record.
Depending on how the tournament goes, the Islanders could face the host school, North Gwinnett. The Bulldogs (3-4) have arguably one of the best shooting guards in Goergia in 6' 2 Senior Chris Bolden. After leading Norcross High to the Georgia Class AAAAA State Championship last year, Bolden transferred to North Gwinnett. The Bulldogs also have a strong inside game with 6'9 Sr. Center Kwesi Abakah.
If the Islanders fall to Chapel Hill, they will play Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m. PST against the loser of the Central Gwinnett/PCA game. Fans can follow Mercerislandpatch.com for updates on the Islanders and their progress in the Jared Cook Tournament. Fans can also go to the tournament website at http://www.northgwinnettbasketball.com/Jared_Cook_Tournament.html.