The St. John’s College Giants survived a double overtime battle to win 62-61 over the Queen’s College Comets at the Kendal G. L. Isaacs National Gymnasium on Friday evening, securing the Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools (BAISS) senior boys basketball championship. They swept the Comets two games to none, but both games were very close. The St. Augustine’s College (SAC) Big Red Machine took home the junior girls title as they knocked off the Giants’ junior girls 40-33 in the first game on Friday evening. They swept that best-of-three series two games to none. In senior girls play, the Big Red Machine forced a third and decisive game as they toppled the previously unbeaten Giants, 45-41, and the Comets managed to even up their junior boys series with the Jordan Prince Williams Falcons, winning game two 52-49. Game three in the senior girls and junior boys series are set for today at the Kendal Isaacs gym.
Giants 62, Comets 61 – 2OT
Tyrese Porter led the St. John’s College Giants with 20 points, four of which came in the double overtime session to lead them past the Queen’s College Comets, 62-61. The Giants swept the best-of-three series two games to none. Torres Basden was big in the fourth quarter for the Giants, helping them to stay in contention. He had five key points in the fourth and finished with 10.
Nathan Allen scored all six of his team’s points in the double overtime session. He finished with a game-high 28. He had nine of those points, including two three-pointers, early in the game – in the first quarter. Dre Hudson was the Comets’ next highest scorer, with 10 points.
Both teams traded baskets in the overtime sessions. In the final seconds of regulation, the Giants managed to get a shot off before the buzzer but it missed. They collected the rebound and got another shot off that actually looked like it was released in time and went in, but after a five-minute frenzy in which the Giants’ fans rushed the court in celebration, it was ruled that the shot took place after the clock reached zero.
This caused a back and forth exchange between the Giants’ fans and the referees and the game was delayed. The Giants’ fans began to look at cell phones videos and were convinced that the shot was good, even trying to show the videos to the referees, but the referees stuck with the ruling. As a result, the score remained tied at 55 and went into overtime.
Giants’ Head Coach Duery Edgecombe said that it was a ruling that they had to live with, and just decided to move on.
Allen scored four points for the Comets in the first overtime session, and the Giants’ Denaje Rolle and Porter responded with two free shots each as the game remained tied at 59, forcing a second overtime session.
The Giants had to wait another three minutes to see if they could celebrate on that evening. One of the unsung heroes in the game for the Giants was Adon Beckford who did a great job defensively on one of the Comets’ top players, Hudson.
In the second overtime session, both teams looked exhausted. Allen came up big for them again but with Beckford smothering Hudson, the Comets were vulnerable.
Basden was fouled after he got a rebound after a Comets missed shot. He stepped up to the free-throw line with the score tied at 61, missed the first but hit the second.
On the subsequent possession, Hudson was called for a charging foul driving to the basket, his fifth, eliminating him from the contest.
The Comets still managed to get a steal in the waning seconds but missed a runner as time expired. The Giants’ fans resumed their celebrations albeit six minutes later, crowned the coveted BAISS senior boys’ champions for 2019.
After the game, Edgecombe said: “Hats off to the Comets. They are a well-coached team. They beat us early in the season so this was a fitting match-up and a chance for us to play them again. We had a lot of defensive lapses, couple of our key players got into foul trouble and our shots weren’t falling but we were able to stick through it.”
The Comets were the only team to defeated the Giants in the BAISS regular season.
Both of these teams have no rest as they prepare to play in the Hugh Campbell Basketball Tournament which gets underway today.
SAC 40, Giants 33
Sammeka Hepburn scored 19 points for the St. Augustine’s College (SAC) Big Red Machine as they swept the St. John’s College Giants in their best-of-three championship series. After winning the first game by just one point, 30-29, they got a more convincing win in the second game, 40-33, to end the series two games to none. Antonicia Moultrie chipped in with 15 points for SAC, 13 of which came in the second half.
For the Giants, Johneisha Nixon scored a team-high 13 points. Taneisha Seymour added 12.
The Giants jumped out to an early 11-9 lead at the end of the first quarter. They did not keep up that energy in the second quarter as SAC outscored them 8-4 to take a 17-15 lead into the intermission.
Coming out of the break, SAC was determined to not play a game three as they poured in 12 points in the third. Moultrie scored five of those 12 points, and they led 29-21 at the end of three.
The Giants tried to make a comeback in the fourth quarter but SAC was determined to hold them off. They won 40-33 to win the BAISS junior girls title.
SAC 45, Giants 41
McKayla White scored a game-high 17 points as the St. Augustine’s College (SAC) Big Red Machine held on to beat the previously undefeated St. John’s College Giants and force a decisive game three in their best-of-three series. Jade Brown added 11 points for SAC.
Michelle Butler scored a team-high 16 points for the Giants, but they came up short 45-41.
The Giants led 15-13 at the half. The Giants scored 14 points in the third quarter to just six for SAC but the Big Red Machine came all the way back in the fourth. The Giants led 29-19 after three.
However, SAC scored 26 points in the fourth. White powered her team to victory.
They will play game three this afternoon.
Comets 52, Falcons 49
After being stunned 40-32 by the Jordan Prince Williams Falcons in game one, the Queen’s College Comets showed why they had the best record in the regular season. They won game two, 52-49, on Friday.
The Comets got 19 points from Malik Pierre that included 13 in the second half. Leonardo Burrows scored eight.
For the Falcons, Michael Johnson scored a game-high 23 points. Davontae Allen added 14 points.
It was a close game at the half as the Comets held a slight 22-20 lead over the Falcons.
The Falcons trimmed that lead to one point at the end of the third quarter. The Comets went into the final quarter with a 35-34 lead, and held off the Falcons 52-49 to stay alive.
They will play their final game in the best-of-three series this afternoon.
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