Second seeded Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind won the 66th annual Mason-Dixon Boys Basketball Tournament hosted by Alabama School for the Deaf in Talladega. The Dragons defeated host Alabama in Saturday’s championship game, 55-46, to win the Mason Dixon title for the sixth time. The last time they won was 2014. With the tournament field limited to six teams because several others were snowed in and could not make the trip, the format was changed to pool play, with FSDB beating Louisiana 35-21 and Alabama 51-43. FSDB (11-6) then beat Virginia 46-15 in the semifinals.
“As anyone associated with this tournament can attest, it is quite difficult to beat Alabama on their home court. And we did it twice,” FSDB coach Eric LeFors said.
FSDB’s Yahir Rodriguez was named the tournament MVP and won the 3-point contest. Rodriguez was joined on the all-tournament team by Quintin Galpine, Samy Vital and Wallace Burrell. Rodriguez scored 26 points in the title game.
The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) is a fully accredited state public school and outreach center available tuition-free to eligible Pre-K and K-12 deaf/hard of hearing and blind/visually impaired students. Comprehensive educational services at FSDB are individualized, specific to the unique communication and accessibility needs of each student for independence and lifelong success. FSDB gratefully accepts private donations to support vital programs that directly benefit students and are not paid by state general revenue funds. To visit the school or to learn more about eligibility for enrollment, contact 1-800-344-3732. For more information, visit www.fsdb.k12.fl.us.