For Jim Thorpe's Rashid Epps, it was an opening night to remember.
The same, however, can't be said for Panther Valley.
The Panthers, who were hosting their annual Tip-Off Tournament, turned the ball over 24 times against a tough Mahanoy Area defense and dropped a 42-32 decision.
Epps, meanwhile, poured in 21 points and pulled down 19 rebounds to lead the Olympians to an exciting 54-49 victory over Marian in the evening's opening contest.
Thorpe, who won the tourney a year ago, will now defend its title tonight against the Golden Bears at 7:30.