The pools are set for both boys and girls for the 2019 Bahamas National High School Basketball Championships, set for Thursday, March 28 to Monday, April 1, at the St. George’s Gymnasium and Jack Hayward High Gymnasium in Freeport, Grand Bahama.
Leading the way in Pool A for the boys are the Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins, the 2019 Hugh Campbell Basketball champions and the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA) champions.
In Pool B, the St. George’s Jaguars will be the top-seeded team. They will be looking for revenge after falling short to the Mystic Marlins in the Hugh Campbell championship game. They won the Grand Bahama Secondary Schools Sports Association (GBSSSA) championship this year.
Joining Doris Johnson in Pool A will be the Agape Christian Eagles, the C.C. Sweeting Cobras, the C.I. Gibson Rattlers, the Eight Mile Rock Blue Jays, the Government High School Magic, the Jack Hayward Wildcats, the Queen’s College Comets and the Teleos Academy Cherubims.
Joining St. George’s in Pool B are the Anatol Rodgers Timberwolves, the Gateway Christian Academy Eagles, the Jordan Prince William Falcons, the Patrick J. Bethel Mighty Marlins, the St. John’s College Giants, the Sunland Baptist Stingers, the Tabernacle Baptist Academy Falcons and the Temple Christian Suns.
This year’s tournament will feature 18 teams in one division. The Family Island Division has been eliminated this year, however, there are three Family Island teams in the tournament – Gateway Academy, out of Bimini, and Patrick J. Bethel and Agape representing Abaco.
Representing the GSSSA are Doris Johnson, C.I. Gibson, C.C. Sweeting, Government High and Anatol Rodgers. The GBSSA in Grand Bahama will be represented by St. George’s, Eight Mile Rock, Jack Hayward, Sunland and Tabernacle Baptist Academy. The Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools (BAISS) will be represented by the champions, St. John’s; the runners-up, Queen’s College, the Temple Christian Suns and the Prince William Falcons; and Teleos is the lone representative for the Bahamas Scholastic Athletic Association (BSAA).
The Tabernacle Baptist Falcons are the reigning national champions.
For the girls, a new champion will be crowned as the two-time champions Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins are not entered in the tournament this year. The GSSSA Champion Rattlers is the top-seeded team in Pool A. The top-seeded team in Pool B is the St. John’s College Giants, the BAISS champions.
In Pool A with the Rattlers are the Jaguars, the Tabernacle Baptist Academy Falcons, the Jordan Prince William Falcons, the St. Augustine’s College (SAC) Big Red Machine and the Teleos Academy Cherubims.
In Pool B with the Giants are the C.V. Bethel Stingrays, the Bishop Michael Eldon Warriors, the Timberwolves and the Blue Jays .
In 2016, the inaugural year, the Cobras won the title in the boys’ division, defeating the Jaguars in the championship game. The Mystic Marlins defeated the C.R. Walker Knights to win the girls title that year. The Blue Jays took down the Mary Star Crusaders in the Family Island Division that year.
The following year the Jaguars defeated the Tabernacle Baptist Falcons in the boys division. The Jordan Prince William Falcons rolled over the Mystic Marlins in the girls’ division. The Family Island Division was won by the Gateway Christian Academy Eagles as they turned back Abaco Central High.
In last year’s tournament, the Tabernacle Baptist Falcons knocked off the Wildcats in the boys’ championship game. The Mystic Marlins took down the Prince William Falcons in a championship rematch to walk away as the winner of the girls’ division last year. In the Family Island Division, the Gateway Christian Academy Eagles repeated as champions, defeating the Agape Christian Eagles in the championship game.
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