The Nevada Blue Jays returned to tournament play over the weekend hosted in Nashville to defeat the Murfreesboro Rattlers 58-38 in first round of the 24th Nashville Banker's Classic at Scrapper Arena.

The Nevada Blue Jays returned to tournament play over the weekend hosted in Nashville to defeat the Murfreesboro Rattlers 58-38 in first round of the 24th Nashville Banker's Classic at Scrapper Arena. The Blue Jays advance to the senior boys tourney semifinals to face host tournament team Nashville on Thursday night, Jan. 18 beginning at 7:45 p.m. at Scrapper Arena. The finals is set Saturday Jan. 20 with tip-off at 7:30 p.m.
The Blue Jays took care of business in first round play rolling to a 15-7 opening period advantage over Murfreesboro. In the second, the Blue Jays out-scored the Ratters 19-7. At halftime, the Blue Jays maintained an 34-14 lead over the Rattlers.
In the second half, the Blue Jays had no problem sustaining their lead to account for an 14 point scoring period in the third and held Murfreesboro to nine points added to their side of the scoreboard. At the end of three periods, the Blue Jays led the Rattlers 48-23. Big man Kobe Edwards had two key buckets in the third, DeVory'a Smith sparked the scoring department with eight third quarter points and Bralon Glover added a basket.
In the fourth, the Blue Jays put the game away posting 10 points on the board. T-A-Lin Ellis, Smith and Glover all contributed scoring for the Blue Jays in the fourth with the Rattlers managing 15 points on the board to outscore Nevada, but it wasn't enough. The Blue Jays went onto the 20 point win to advance to the senior boys tourney final four in the semifinals. If the Blue Jays win, they play in the boys championship game on Saturday to face either winner between Kirby vs. Centerpoint/Mineral Springs. The tournament is scheduled Jan. 13-20.