The Grand Bahama Secondary Schools Athletic Association (GBSSSA) Champions, the St. George’s Jaguars, sent a loud message to other teams in the 37th Annual Hugh Campbell Basketball Classic, blasting the Abaco-based Patrick J. Bethel High School Mighty Marlins in their opening game at the A.F. Adderley Junior High School Gymnasium last evening. The Jaguars won easily, 62-22.
In the opening game in the first session yesterday, Agape Christian took care of Akhepran Academy, 57-45. Louivious Juvens led his team with 16 points and five rebounds in the win. His teammate Michael Adderley chipped in with 14 points and six rebounds. Akhepran’s Joshua Symonette finished with a double-double, recording 14 points and 10 rebounds. Eight Mile Rock won easily, 58-24, over Central Eleuthera High School in the second game of the day. For the winners, Justin Mather led the way with 14 points. For Central Eleuthera, Kenron Collins was the leading scorer with nine points. Following that game, Jack Hayward High escaped with a comeback 36-34 win over Gateway Christian Academy. Trimaine Ferguson had 10 points for Jack Hayward. Bradley Lightbourne scored 21 points for Gateway.
Jaguars 62, Mighty Marlins 22
Shavaul Butters led all scorers with 13 points for the St. George’s Jaguars. He had help from Samuel Pinder with 10 points as they blasted the Abaco-based Patrick J. Bethel High School Mighty Marlins, 62-22. For the Mighty Marlins, Nakajah Adderley was their leading scorer with 11 points and five boards.
The Grand Bahama champions quickly had an 11-0 scoring run to start the game. The Jaguars also played some stifling defense as they forced two shot clock violations in the first five minutes of the game.
By the end of the first quarter, the Jaguars led 18-4. They mauled the Mighty Marlins in the second quarter as they played more stifling defense. Butters’ jump shot with 3:42 remaining in the quarter took the score to 24-7. They looked like a team who came to prove a point to the country. By the half, they were up 32-13 and the Mighty Marlins had no answer.
About his team’s defense, Darrell Sears, Jaguars’ head coach, said: “My message to my team was to play team defense. We are going to keep playing team defense. We feel like we have to earn respect and the way to do that is to keep winning.”
The Jaguars finished the game with nine steals and five blocked shots.
After the intermission, the game went with the same way as the Jaguars’ Khosygen Hield drilled one of his team’s two three-pointers to take the score to 45-19 with 1:36 remaining in the third quarter. By the end of the third quarter, the game was just about over as the Jaguars held an insurmountable 49-19 lead, ending the quarter on a 9-0 run.
A Jaden Atkinson jump shot with 3:14 left in the fourth quarter capped off a 13-0 run by the Jaguars. That was the final nail in the Mighty Marlins’ coffin as the Jaguars went on to win easily, 62-22.
The Jaguars’ defense did not give up any fast-break points and their offense produced 18 for them. Their defense managed to hold the Mighty Marlins to just 40 percent shooting from the field for the game.
Sears added: “We came to win and move on. We have the toughest pool in this tournament. Being the Grand Bahama Champions, seems like that was overlooked so we will play very hard. We came here and we will play team defense and that is what we will do all the way through.”
The Jaguars are in pool two with the formidable C.I Gibson Rattlers and the Temple Christian Suns.
Games continued after the Jaguars and Mighty Marlins game but the late scores were unavailable up to press time.
Action resumes today at 10 a.m. at the A.F. Adderley Gymnasium.