UVI's Buccaneers are perfect in Paradise Jam play. The Bucs downed fellow LAI league opponents Católica University of Ponce 70-54, moving their Paradise Jam Record to 2-0. And while Saturday's matchup wasn't quite as thrilling as last year's 73-70 last-second win over LAI rival UPR-Metropolitan, the large hometown crowd was appreciative.
Católica is a perennial power in the LAI league's Manuel
Division. UVI, which plays in the Beitia Division, has played
Católica only twice in the past, in post-season, interdivision
playoffs. Liga Atletica Interuniversitaria (LAI) has 21 teams, with
20 of those on Puerto Rico. The early win bodes well for a season
that UVI Head Coach Sean Georges said will be bringing some of the
Beitia Division's top squads to the Sports and Fitness Center
hardwood. The Bucs were 8-8 in LAI play last season, with a 4-1
record at home. "It's good to have the tough teams at home,"
Paradise Jam Men's Championship Tonight; Women Play Nov. 25-27
Men's play in the 2010 edition of Paradise Jam concludes tonight (Monday, Nov. 22) with Xavier taking on Old Dominion in the championship game at 9:30 p.m. The third-place game, which starts at 7 p.m., will pit Seaton Hall against Clemson.
Play in the women's division opens on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 25 and concludes on Saturday, Nov. 27. Teams include: Iowa State, TCU, Virginia, West Virginia, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Missouri and Tennessee. Team rosters, brackets and other details are available from the Basketball Travelers' web site: www.paradisejam.com.
Paradise Jam - V.I. Ticket Prices at the Door
V.I. Adult Resident - $15 (with local ID)
V.I. Senior Citizen - $10 (65+)
V.I. Child-Student - $5 (ages 5-18 and UVI Student)
Non-V.I. Resident - $35