This weekend at our 9th Annual Tip-Off Tournament in the Athletic Center, Solebury School's boys basketball team opened the season 2-0 as tournament champions.
During the opening round of the tournament on Friday night, Solebury School beat George School with a 62-49 win; The Pennington School bested Princeton Day School, 90-71.
After watching The Pennington School put up 90 points on Princeton Day School, Solebury's boys team knew they were in for a fight on Saturday if they hoped to capture the title in their own Tip-Off Tournament. And that's exactly what the game ended up being: a heavyweight fight that went the distance. It was a physical game from the tip that saw four starters from the two teams foul out by the final buzzer. Solebury went into the locker room at the half, 33-27, with 9 of those points coming from junior Ryan Conde. However, Conde, who had 3 fouls in the first half, picked up 2 more in the third quarter and was left to watch the rest of the game from the bench.The Spartans leaned heavily on his backcourt teammates sophomore Troy McGregor and senior captain Devon Brewster down the stretch. Both were fantastic from the line, knocking down 12 of 15 in the second half. Brewster would hit 3 of them after being fouled on a 3-point attempt with under a minute left in the game, then 2 more resulting from a technical foul called on a Pennington player. Solebury won 68-64 and Brewster was named Tournament MVP. He would finish with 24 points in the game; McGregor added 17 points.
Solebury's Ryan Conde was named to the All-Tournament Team, along with Masai Olowokere of George School, David Coit of Princeton Day School, and Mitch Phillips and Jamar Tucker of The Pennington School.
In the consolation game on Saturday, Princeton Day School beat George School, 76-59.