Cheetahs and Angels line-up against Patriots
Defending champions, the Four J’s Cheetahs and last year’s runners-up Boomer G Angels were selected to play in the first college showdown, hosted by the New Providence Women’s Basketball Association (NPWBA).
The two teams used Saturday’s games, played at the D.W. Davis gymnasium, as a tune-up for their big matches against the University of the Cumberlands Patriots. The Cheetahs easily got by the College of The Bahamas, 64-45 and the Angels took flight over the Junior All-stars, 39-26. Also taking to the court were the Johnson’s Lady Truckers who rolled on past the Saints, 54-31.
Shooting guard for the Angels, Sharrelle Cash who watched her team add another win to a blemish-free record this season, will play in the game against the Patriots. Cash is also the head coach of the Junior All-stars. She is expected to lead the combined team, which will be selected to play the third game against the Patriots. The Angels will play in the first game, set to tip-off on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. The Cheetahs will take to the court on Monday evening at 7:30 p.m.
“This is the first time the electoral body will host college or university teams, so we are excited,” said Simone Beneby, president of the NPBWA. “The coaches are very excited to see some of the younger players and the teams are thrilled to play. I think it was fairly easy for us to attract teams to The Bahamas, we have players in the league who have attended colleges and universities abroad. These players have built strong bridges and left a lasting impression with their level of play, so we weren’t surprise when the coach called us and said that they were looking for a place to stay and play several games, and see a few players. Luckily for us, we had everything in place so it was just a matter of us getting the school here.”
Beneby said the door for scholarships will be open, however it is up to the players to take full advantage of it. The association leader, went on to say that the coaches have been asking about Bahamian players, and four scholarships are available. Vernisha Moss is the sole Bahamian playing on the team, which now has a 9-1 win/loss record.
She added: “I think that we have one or two players that come to mind right away that can play at a high collegiate level. Playing in these games will be a great opportunity for them. There are a few more in the pipelines who can work their way up.”
The three games against the Patriots will officially bring the first half of the season to a close. Games in the league will continue on Tuesday, the first will tip-off at 7:30 p.m.