Six Fr. Marcian Peters champions crowned
After watching their girls team fall in the championship of the 26th Annual Fr. Marcian Peters Basketball Classic, the D.W. Davis Pitbulls junior boys basketball team bounced back from a first quarter deficit to snatch the title away from San Salvador, on Saturday at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium.
San Salvador came out blazing, scoring first and building an early lead. Their torrid shooting gave them a slim lead heading into the second quarter, but the Pitbulls came growling back. They went on a 7-2 run in the closing minutes of the game, sealing a 27-22 win and the championship.
The Pitbulls junior girls were defeated by Harbour Island, 19-14, sending the floating trophy back to that island. Both Pitbulls squads were coached by Mark Hanna, who believes that the win and loss will help to prepare them for the second half of the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association(GSSSA)basketball season. The annual Christmas basketball tournament wrapped up on Saturday after a week of games that featured schools from all around The Bahamas.
Hanna said: ”The girls played a great game. Even though they lost, it was still a good game by them. There were one, two cases where I believe that they could have stepped it up a bit, but overall I am pleased with the way they played. Harbour Island was a bit mature and more established, in terms of play, but I am pleased. They played hard. This tournament is a means of adding more play for both teams, so yes, I will say that it was beneficial especially playing against teams that they haven’t seen during the season.
“The boys, oh man. This was a well played game. San Salvador is a good team which is well coached by Steven Brown. I told the guys that any team that made it into the championships is going to fight. We were down earlier, but we kept fighting and we never gave in. We just thank God that we came up with the victory.”
Leading the way for the Pitbulls were Wilton Johnson and Nigel Rolle, who both scored eight points. Navardo Mezador chipped in with three points. Scoring 14 points for San Salvador was Kenton King and Devon Rolle netted six points.
The Pitbulls junior boys team is hoping to add the GSSSA title to its collection. Both the junior boys and junior girls squads currently have undefeated records in their regular seasons, 6-0. Hanna said a win in the GSSSA will definitely seal their dominance.
“For the last three years, God has blessed us,”said Hanna.”We have won two consecutive Fr. Marcian Peters titles. We lost last year and came back and won today, so that is three in four years. We also won two consecutive GSSSA titles, so we are looking for the third one. We won the Andros and the Long Island Championships as well, so we have a lot of championship players on this team and a program that is developing.”
The Temple Christian Suns added another tournament championship title to their collection on Saturday. The team got the win over Freedom School in the primary girls division. Over in the primary boys, the title will head to Harbour Island, which got the win over the Catholic Primary Champions, St. Cecilia’s, 26-21. The R.M. Bailey Pacers edged the C.R. Walker Knights, 16-14, in the senior girls division, and San Salvador defeated the Pacers’intermediate boys, 31-23.
All teams will be presented with their awards next year during special ceremony. The date and time will be announced by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.