After coming up short in their last three appearances in the Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools (BAISS) senior boys basketball championship, the Queen’s College Comets seem determined to add that coveted trophy to their collection this year.
The Comets last won the private schools senior boys basketball title in 2014 when they were on the backend of a repeat. They got halfway to their goal last night, taking down the St. Augustine’s College (SAC) Big Red Machine, 48-38, in game one of their best-of-three championship series inside Loyola Hall on Gladstone Road. Game two is set for Wednesday, and if necessary, game three will be played on Thursday.
The senior boys was the only division SAC didn’t take the upper hand in yesterday, as their junior girls and boys and senior girls all won. SAC junior girls took down the Kingsway Academy Saints in game one of that series, 55-21, their junior boys defeated the Prince William Falcons in game one of that series, 36-32, and their senior girls blasted the defending champions St. John’s College Giants in game one of that series, 44-19.
Comets 48, SAC 38
It was the Comets’ defense which set the tone on Monday night. The pennant-winning Comets, unbeaten all year in the private schools, limited the Big Red Machine to just three points in the opening quarter, and rode that defensive pressure throughout on their way to an impressive wire-to-wire win in game one of the BAISS senior boys basketball championship series.
The Comets led 11-3 after the opening quarter and were ahead 22-14 at the break. SAC’s only points in the opening quarter came on a three-point shot from the corner pocket from Cameron Toote.
The Comets never looked back, taking a 28-22 lead into the fourth, and leading by as much as 16 points in the final period before coasting to the double-digit win.
Dre Hudson paced a balanced scoring attack for the Comets with 12 points. Keandre Stubbs added 10 and Wanya McCoy and Deon Davis dropped in six apiece. Nathan Allen scored the first points of the game on a corner three, but finished with just five for the Comets.
No player scored in double figures for SAC. Toote and Brian Lockhart led them in scoring with nine points apiece, and Lamar Watkins and Rhameko Butler dropped in six apiece. Aaron Sands had five.
The Comets are seeking to win their third BAISS senior boys basketball championship in school history and first since 2014. SAC won in 2018 but failed to make the playoffs a year ago and are looking for some form of retribution this year.
Game two is set for Wednesday.
SAC 44, Giants 19
It was no contest in the senior girls division yesterday as the Big Red Machine blasted the defending champions in game one of that series. Surging ahead 22-6 at the half, SAC was never really threatened yesterday.
The undefeated Big Red Machine held the St. John’s College Giants scoreless in the second quarter which proved to be the difference in the game. The Giants never collected themselves afterwards and were blown out in game one of their title defense championship series.
The game was close early on as SAC led just 8-6 after the opening quarter. However, they outscored the Giants 14-0 in the second quarter and continued to keep the pressure on as the second half got underway. By the end of the third, SAC was ahead 32-11. It was a foregone conclusion after that.
Rachel Rolle had 15 points to lead SAC. Kendi Outten contributed 14 and Jade Brown dropped in five.
Ty’Anna Gordon had eight points for the Giants – six of which came in the final period. Sidneya Hilaire scored three.
SAC 36, Falcons 32
In the closest game of the day, SAC junior boys held off a late charge by the Jordan Prince William High Falcons to come out on top, 36-32, in game one of their best-of-three championship series.
The Falcons are looking to repeat as junior boys champions, but they fell behind early yesterday and waited too late to try to get back in the game. The score was tied at 10 after the first quarter, but SAC stormed ahead 17-12 at the half. They continued to keep the pressure on, building a 15-point lead, 30-15, after three quarters. The Falcons finally got a sense of urgency in the fourth and executed a ferocious rally to get back in the game. However, in the end, they came up just short, falling, 36-32.
Brian Carey had a huge game for SAC, scoring nearly half of their points with a game-high 17. Cayden King added six and Dakario Outten and Mario Forbes dropped in four apiece.
No player scored in double figures for the Falcons. Backley Cadet scored nine, Tiore Cadet had eight and Jakayo Kemp and Tayshawn Wallace dropped in seven apiece.
SAC 55, Saints 21
Looking to win their third straight BAISS junior girls basketball title, the Big Red Machine used a strong second quarter to establish a good lead on the Kingsway Academy Saints and then really turned it on in the third quarter. They dominated play in the fourth to pull away for the emphatic 34-point win, 55-21.
The Saints led 6-5 after the opening quarter but SAC took the lead quickly in the second quarter and went on to establish a 21-14 cushion at the half. They stretched the lead to double digits early in the third and raced out to a 35-19 advantage heading into the fourth and final period. Not easing up, SAC outscored the Saints 21-2 in the fourth to record the blowout win.
Antonicia Moultrie showed why she is considered one of the better players in the country in junior girls basketball as she erupted for a whopping 36 points, easily outscoring the Saints by her lonesome. She had 17 in the first half and added 19 more in the second half. Orielle Johnson was their next highest scorer with eight, and Terrell Dawkins contributed four.
No player scored in double figures for the Saints. Soliel Clarke and Charissa Taylor scored six apiece for the Saints and Zyiare Ferguson helped out with five, Claire Ferguson scored their other four.
Game two in all four series will be held on Wednesday.