It was a great weekend for Bahamian two-sport star Deyton Albury. He scored 22 points to lead the Sunrise Christian Academy Buffaloes to a 58-51 victory over the Putnam City Pirates in his first basketball game of the season on Saturday, in Del City, Oklahoma. Albury also had four rebounds and four steals.
“It was a good feeling to finally get back on the basketball court. My performance was good,” Albury said. “Today’s game was just an adjustment game – getting used to my teammates and the American system.”
The stealthy point guard said he is expecting to have a good all-around season. He believes he can put up some good numbers.
One of his biggest accomplishments, according to him, was making the Buffaloes elite team. He feels that he has no other option but to continue to improve.
Albury was on the court less than 24 hours after helping the Bobcats football team win the Heartland Christian Athletic Association (HCAA) Class 3A State Championship on Friday night. He scored two touchdowns as his team battled back from a 24-point deficit to win 52-50 in double overtime over Destiny Christian Academy at Harrah High School, in Harrah, Oklahoma.
That win pushed them to a 5-5 win-loss record on the season – up to the 92nd nationally ranked team according to maxpreps.com.
Albury is not the only Bahamian on that roster as Joel Bodie and Amarie Archer also helped the Buffaloes in capturing the trophy.
According to Albury, playing football has helped him to prepare for the basketball season.
“It gave me some good conditioning and taught me to keep my composure when things are down,” said Albury.
The point guard returns to the court this Friday and Saturday in San Antonio, Texas.
Known for getting into the lane easily and excelling at basketball, Albury is also performing well in the classroom.
“Right now my grades are looking good. Last time I checked the GPA (grade point average), it was at a 3.27. My parents always encourage me to aim for the highest and not settle for the least, so at the end of this semester it should be much higher,” Albury said.
The former Temple Christian School student and junior national team player said that playing at Sunrise is actually less difficult than his playing days at Temple Christian.
Albury had a great summer, averaging 19.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and three assists per game to lead The Bahamas’ under-17 boys national basketball team to a third-place finish at the 2019 Centrobasket Championships. That third-place finish means that they qualify for the FIBA (International Basketball Federation) Americas Under-18 (U18) Championships – just one step away from the junior world championships.
Before that, Albury along with Grand Bahamian Romad Dean, spent a week attending the 10th edition of the prestigious NBA (National Basketball Association) Basketball Without Borders Americas Camp in Medellin, Colombia. It is a camp that invites the best junior players from the Americas to come out and display their skills.
Albury thanked his family especially his father Mike Sr. and mother Denise Albury, his brothers Mike Jr. and Royal Albury, and other relatives and friends. He also thanked Vincent Colebrook at Flamingo Air and his Temple Christian coach, Jammal Smith.
Staying true to The Bahamas and his family, he said that when he is playing, he always remembers that he is playing to represent his family and his country.
He is very excited about the basketball season.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism