FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – It was a busy day for basketball in Freeport, Grand Bahama, yesterday, as senior boys and girls teams from various schools on the island, as well as teams from New Providence, Abaco and Bimini, were in action on the first day of the 2019 Bahamas National High School Basketball Championships. Games were played at the St. George’s High School and the Jack Hayward Gymnasiums.
In senior boys action at the St. George’s Gymnasium, the Anatol Rodgers Timberwolves, Government High School (GHS) Magic, C.I. Gibson Rattlers, C.C. Sweeting Cobras and Gateway Christian Academy Eagles walked away as winners.
The featured game of the evening between the Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins and the Jack Hayward Wildcats was not finished up to press time.
On the girls’ side, the Bishop Michael Eldon High School Warriors, Tabernacle Baptist Academy Lady Falcons and St. Augustine’s College (SAC) Big Red Machine were winners at the Jack Hayward Gymnasium.
No score was available up to press time for the St. George’s Lady Jaguars and Teleos Christian Cherubims game.
Action continues today at both gyms.
Senior Boys – St. George’s Gymnasium
Anatol Rodgers Timberwolves 48, Patrick J. Bethel Mighty Marlins 37
The Timberwolves opened their run in these high school nationals with a huge win, taking down the Mighty Marlins out of Central Abaco, 48-37.
The Timberwolves jumped out to a 10-2 first quarter lead and never looked back. Tyrell Butler led them to victory with 18 points.
Jordan Saunders and Nakajah Adderley had 10 points each in the loss.
The Timberwolves had 18 points off turnovers compared to just seven for the Mighty Marlins.
Magic 52, Blue Jays 45
The Magic got 19 points and 12 rebounds from Bionte Anderson and 16 from Dimargio Taylor as they put the rest of the teams on notice with a 52-45 win over the Blue Jays.
Hilton Pinder of the Blue Jays finished with a game-high 20 points in the loss.
The Magic was down 9-6 at the end of the first quarter and trailed 24-18 at the half. The played a more complete third quarter as they won that quarter 16-9 to go ahead 34-33 going into the final period.
They pulled away in the final minutes of the game to win, 52-45.
The Blue Jays shot a woeful 28.3 percent from the field and went just 5-for-25 from three-point territory.
Rattlers 59, Temple Christian Suns 52
The C.I. Gibson Rattlers held on to take down the Suns in their first game of the tournament. They held off a late rally by the Suns to win, 59-52.
The Rattlers were led by Derico Burrows with 16 points. Cameron Shearer added 11 points.
Deyton Albury poured in a game-high 19 points for the Suns.
The Suns shot better from the field, but the Rattlers outrebounded them, 41-29, and controlled the pace of the game.
The Rattlers used a 22-8 third quarter scoring run to take a convincing 45-32 lead at the end of the third quarter.
The Suns tried to come back in the final quarter, but it wasn’t enough as the Rattlers won 59-52.
Cobras 48, Agape Christian Schools Eagles 44
This was a very close game as the Cobras slithered their way back to win 48-44 over the Eagles who were unable to soar in the fourth quarter.
The Cobras had balanced scoring as their highest scorers were Anthon Williams and Clifton Barr with 10 points each.
The Eagles’ Wilton Cherisme was the game’s high-point man with 12 points. He had help from Michael Adderley who scored 11.
In the fourth quarter, the Cobras outscored the Eagles 19-10 after being down 34-29 at the end of the third quarter. They went on to win, 48-44.
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