Joe T Classic heats up on Day 1

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FAIRBANKS, AK (KTVF) The 9th annual Joe 'T' Classic is being played in Fairbanks with the Lathrop Malemutes and Monroe Catholic Rams earning sweeps on Day 1.

Jakobee Johnson finds Mekhi Briggman with the sweet dime. (January 16, 2020 Jordan Rodenberger/KTVF)

Lathrop vs Barrow

The Lathrop Malemutes took on the Barrow Whalers on Day 1, as the girls team started with a big win thanks to Tristian Martin. Martin scored 24, while TT Tagovailoa chipped in 18. Lathrop built a lead and never looked back.

The boys team also got a win, as they won 52-41 over Barrow. Tyriq Luke led the team with 14 points, but the game was a showcase of Jakobee Johnson's offensive abilities. The sophomore guard showed some razzle and dazzle on the court, as he also scored 11 points.

Monroe vs Sitka

The Monroe Catholic Rams swept the Sitka Wolves thanks to impressive guard play. The girls team earned a gritty 36-28 over Sitka thanks to Katie Bast scoring 16 points. Sophia Stepovich chipped in eight as the Rams used a 13-7 second quarter to put away their 3A foes.

The boys team also opened their time in the Joe 'T' Classic with a 46-28 victory. The Rams were led by Tommy Bast and his 15 points, as they held a lead throughout the game thanks to a dominant second quarter. Monroe outscored the Wolves 15-4, as the defense put down the clamps.