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Holiday Hoops Tourney Comes to D.C.

Events DC hosted the second annual Holiday Hoops Fest from Dec. 20-22, showcasing a variety of NCAA Division I men’s basketball teams.

The Liberty Flames battled the Akron Zips for the championship on Dec. 21.

Held at the Entertainment Sports Arena in Southeast, friends, family and basketball lovers filled the bleachers as the LIberty Flames won the four-team tourney.

The championship game was high-octane from the opening tip, with the Flames racing out to a 32-28 halftime lead before pulling away in the second half.

One of the Flames’ top players, Elijah Cuffee, had his father watching from the stands. Cuffee had a solid game, scoring 12 points.

“They call him the ‘Jack of all trades,'” Lynwood Cuffee said of his son. “Dribbles, pass, shoot. Does it all. He’s really ultra-competitive. He wants to win it all.”

Following in the footsteps of his parents, who met while attending Liberty, Cuffee decided to accept a full scholarship and continue his family legacy.

Liberty is now 14-0 on the season and looking to break in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.

The Flames next play the Louisiana State University Tigers at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Dec. 29.

The Holiday Hoops Fest is sponsored by Russ Potts Production Inc., Lyft, Mountain Dew and White Claw Hard Seltzer.

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