Parent-Teacher basketball game is one for the ages

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Never a disappointing event, this year’s parent-teacher basketball game was more exciting than any professional or collegiate game you might have decided to watch instead.

Coming off back to back wins in 2017 and 2018, the teachers fielded an 8-person squad against a deeper, 15-player parent lineup.

But out of the gates, the teachers began to surge ahead. The Robert Paxton / Jawan Davis new teacher tandum was on fire, with Davis striking from the outside, and Paxton’s height advantage allowing him domination of the boards. Paxton also showed some shooting skills logging a pair of 3’s.  (Note for any teachers interested in working at JTM – Dr. Hughes apparently now has a basketball skills “test” as part of your interview…)

The parents rallied from an early deficit thanks to phenomenal shooting from Wes Burtner, a 6′-6″ Belmont Bruins hall-of-famer, who ultimately nailed 5 triples for the parents. In a first period without a whistle, the half-time lead was only 3. (Parents note: we love all of our parents, but especially those who are HOF basketball players…)

Through the more tightly called 2nd half, the game went back and forth into the final minute, no one able to stretch out a sizable lead. With fans on their feet, Burtner seized and converted a “and-one” with 7 seconds left in the game, giving the parents a 52-50 lead.

Not to be outdone, social studies teacher extraordinaire Davis took the inbound play, drove the length of the court and, under double-team pressure, buried a fade-away 3 as the clock expired… to seal the teachers’ 3rd consecutive victory, 53-52. The stunned parents were left with participation ribbons yet again.

Thanks to all who attended (over 250 tickets were sold!) and for the parents and teachers who played. Said one student after the game “This is my favorite event at JT Moore every year!”

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