It's not easy to win back-to-back championships in any sport. For the basketball team at Uplift that seemed to be a a difficult task after losing five starters from a 28-5 team that won the Class 2A championship last season. Will fans remember the Titans of 2016 ? The Titans nearly had a memorable collapse, squandering a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter as they beat Christ The King (24-8) 73-69. To say that Uplift (19-7) just survived and advanced to the sectional championship at DePaul Prep would be an understatement. "I feel very lucky (to win)," Uplift head coach David Taylor said. Uplift jumped out to an 18-4 lead in the first quarter and led by 16 points after three quarters.
The Gladiators eventually rallied behind senior Jayvon Mackey. Mackey came off the bench to score 25 points as he led his team to a two-point deficit with 18 seconds left in the contest.
Uplift needed two free throws by Demarius Jacobs to seal the win.
Sophomore Toraze Dobbs led the Titans with 17 points while Jacobs added 15 points.
Uplift prevailed in the Red North section again for the fourth straight year despite losing five starters.
The Titans will face Orr (18-3) or DePaul Prep (15-14) in Friday night's sectional championship.
Orr and its five sensational sophomores will play host DePaul Prep in the other sectional semifinal tonight at 7 pm.