Bearcats prevailed over the Giants in the championship game
The competition at the first-ever Brenton Hector Smith Basketball Classic was fierce as a number of young basketball players in the country got in some action.
The tournament was organized to showcase local primary school basketball talent in The Bahamas, and by all accounts, it was a huge success, offering young athletes a full day of intense competition.
A total of eight primary schools from across New Providence participated in the tournament – the St. Thomas More Sparks, the St. John’s College Giants, the Meridian Bearcats, Windsor School, the Tambearly Titans, the Queen’s College Comets, the Kingsway Academy Saints and Genesis Academy.
“It was a real joy to watch the athletes play and the intensity in which they played made the games even more exciting, and that’s what we wanted today. It’s all about the kids and giving them an opportunity to show their skills and work as a team in a safe and fun environment. Brenton loved basketball and he began playing around the same age as the participants. I know he would be proud of what we accomplished today,” said Rosetta Smith, mother of the late Brenton Hector Smith who tragically lost his life 10 years ago.
After a full day of intense competition, it all came down to the championship battle between the St. John’s College Giants and Merdian Bearcats. The Bearcats prevailed, clinching the championship title.
The winner of the Brenton Cup was St. Thomas More, who narrowly missed the finals, but had a strong team and an enthusiastic head coach.
The top rebounder in the tournament was Derwaun Stuart of the Bearcats, and the most assists award went to D. Davis of the Sparks. The high scorer was X. Adderly of Windsor School. The tournament Most Valuable Player (MVP) was Patrick Archer of the Bearcats.
“It was a pleasure being able to be a part of this tournament and for me it was important to see primary school boys and girls competing against each other. Very few opportunities exist for co-ed play in The Bahamas and not enough opportunities exist in general for primary school athletes. This stage, the primary school age, is a critical point in their development as athletes. Their level increases the more chances they get to compete against other players, and that foundation leads to better high school performance,” said Head Referee Anthony Williams.
The athletes weren’t the only ones to receive awards. The school with the best team spirit received a trophy for ‘Most Hype School’. Taking home that trophy was St. John’s College.
“We consider this tournament to be a great success. Everything went smoothly and most importantly these young athletes had a great time. We’d like to be able to showcase this every year and we are so grateful for the outpouring of support that made it possible. Everyone from the score keepers, referees and the many volunteers made it possible for us to put on a top-notch event. The coaches and teams brought their best games and represented their schools very well, and we certainly could not have made it possible without the support of the companies who provided donations and the tournament sponsor, the MedNet Group of Companies,” said Hector Smith, father of the late Brenton Hector Smith.
The classic is expected to be an annual one, and organizers are hoping to increase the number of teams from year to year. Each team which participated received a copy of the Bahamas Handbook for their respective schools, and all of the players received a gift certificate each and certificates of participation.
There was also entertainment provided by the Queen’s College Rake N’ Scrape Band and the Genesis choir. Door prizes were also presented.
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