Scorpions, Teleos win inaugural basketball titles
Carrying the offensive load for his team is not a problem for young basketball player Michael Bethel. The point guard, playing with the T.A. Thompson Scorpions, is ready for the upcoming basketball season in the Government Secondary Schools Sporting Association (GSSSA).
Playing in the first L.W. Young Golden Eagles Basketball Tournament, Bethel scored 15 points to lead the Scorpions to a 40-35 win over the Queen’s College Comets. Teleos’ girls team was crowned the winner of that division, defeating the Comets, 36-15. Angelique Bethel scored 14 points and Natasha Durham had 10 for the Teleos Academy Cherubims. The top scorer for the Comets was Deshawn Adderley who challenged Bethel for the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.
At the end of the two-day tournament, which was played at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium, Michael and Angelique Bethel won the MVP awards.
Michael Bethel had to re-group in the second half of the game. Already deep in foul trouble, picking up two charging calls in the first half, the young ball player settled for outside shots. The Comets struggled in the closing minutes of the game. The Scorpions hit some key free shots down the stretch to seal the win.
“They weren’t playing me too close so I just went out there and did what I had to do,” said Bethel, who said he stopped playing aggressive after being called with two charging fouls in the first half. “It was a good tournament. I think we could have done better, rebound better, but we got the win.”
Comets’ Head Coach Dwayne Smith noted that the team will need to work on a few things before the season starts, and that rebounding is at the top of the list. Smith said: “It is kind of disappointing, but it is a good opportunity for them to come together to see the mistakes so we can correct them quickly. We need to work on rebounding, that is one of our weakest points. The rebounding along with boxing out and court awareness are some of the things we need to concentrate on before the season starts. When we correct these minor problems, we will go all the way. Two straight is our aim this season.”
The GSSSA basketball season will tip off next week Monday. The Comets are the defending champions in the Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools (BAISS).