It took them a while to get the bitter taste out of their mouths but now the Queen’s College Comets are the Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools (BAISS) senior boys basketball champions after sweeping the St. Augustine’s College (SAC) Big Red Machine last night. They won game two, 54-46, at Loyola Hall on Gladstone Road to take the best-of-three series two games to none.
SAC senior girls overcame a slow start to sweep the defending senior girls champions, the St. John’s College Giants, winning game two, 39-31.
The Jordan Prince Williams Falcons junior boys avenged their game one loss with a 51-44 victory over SAC, setting up a decisive game three as that series is tied 1-1.
In junior girls action, the Kingsway Academy Saints evened their series against SAC 1-1 with a 36-29 victory. That forced a decisive three in that series as well.
The junior girls and junior boys series will conclude today at Loyola Hall, with the junior girls starting it off at 4 p.m.
Comets 55, SAC 46
Nathan Allen was scoreless for three quarters, but he woke up in the fourth quarter to quiet the SAC crowd. He finished with six points – all in the fourth quarter. He did not have a good championship finishing with only five points in game one and six in game two but showed up when his team needed him the most.
Dre Hudson put the Comets on his back. He put on an offensive display in game two, finishing with a game-high 22 points to lead the Comets to the 55-46 win.
Head Coach of the Comets Reuben Mounts Jr. remembered the feeling after a loss in last year’s championship.
“Last year we made the championship but we didn’t finish, so we were working from then. It feels good to complete this segment of the race,” Mounts said.
SAC trailed 37-32 going into the fourth quarter but they clawed their way out of that five-point hole – silencing the QC supporters.
The game was tied at 41 with 4:20 left and SAC had the momentum.
Allen went to work. He got fouled and made both free throws and signaled to the SAC crowd to be quiet.
After SAC tied it up at 43, Allen again broke the tie with a jump shot. This time he blew a kiss to a roaring QC section, putting his team up 45-43.
After SAC came up empty, Comets’ Kendre Stubbs made a layup and was fouled. He missed the and-one free shot but his team led 47-43.
With the Comets up 49-43, Allen made a running layup with a little over a minute left.
SAC had a tough time coming up with points down the stretch, missing putback attempts and jump shots and the Comets held on for the win.
Mounts said he will let them enjoy this championship and then start preparing for the Hugh Campbell Classic next week. He was happy they stayed focused and prevailed.
He also had high praises for SAC, saying he knew they were going to be tough to beat. He knew they had to weather the storm.
SAC opened the game on a 6-2 run, but the Comets settled down and controlled the game the rest of the way.
Brian Lockhart led SAC with 16 points and Cameron Toote chipped in with 10.
Mounts said it was a long road from summer to now and it is a good feeling to win the championship.
SAC 39, Giants 31
SAC’s Karolyn Baptiste lit a fire under her team in the second quarter when she converted an and-one play to give her team the first lead of the game, 11-8. She finished the game with nine points in the 39-31 win for SAC.
That and-one conversion sparked an 11-0 run that ended when Ty’Anna Gordon made a layup for St. John’s.
“It was not a game that I was looking forward to playing against them. We did not stick to our basics,” said Reggie Forbes, SAC’s Head Coach. “We allowed them to get into the game. The game was kind of getting away from us in the early quarters.”
SAC never relinquished the lead. They outscored the Giants 14-5 in the second quarter to go in the half up 20-13.
St. John’s tried to come back in the third quarter, but SAC got into a rhythm and held off the Giants.
“I was trying to get the girls to settle down. Some of them, this is their first time in this environment, at this level, and I’m very proud of them. They got to close it out tonight. They gave enough effort,” Forbes said.
SAC held on to win the game as the Giants did not have enough gas left in the tank.
According to Forbes the team has been together for three years and feels good to win the championship.
Falcons 51, SAC 44
After both teams were unable to crack 40 points on Monday, their offensive units went up another notch.
Tiore Cadet led the Falcons with 13 points. He got help from Tayshawn Wallace who finished with 11 points.
The Falcons were in control for entire first half, taking a 21-15 lead at the break.
In the third quarter, SAC turned up the intensity, going on a 8-2 run to open the scoring. The game was tied 23-23 after SAC’s Brian Carey hit two free throws with 3:15 remaining, but the Falcons entered the fourth quarter with a slim 33-32 lead. That lead quickly disappeared as Carey hit a three-point shot for SAC.
After the score was tied at 44 with under two minutes remaining, the Falcons turned up the intensity.
Wallace hit a huge three-pointer from the corner to put his team up 47-44. After SAC came up empty on the other end, Cadet made a layup to give his team a 49-44 cushion.
The Falcons held SAC scoreless the rest of the way, going on to win 51-44.
The Falcons ended the game on a 7-0 run to force a game three. SAC had multiple opportunities to win the game but they kept missing layups and shots down the stretch.
Cayden King led the way for SAC with a game-high 17 points.
Saints 36, SAC 29
Leading the way for the Saints with 15 points each were Zyiare Ferguson and Claire Ferguson. Charissa Taylor chipped in with six points.
The Saints managed to force a game three as they held junior national team player and perennial scorer Antonicia Moultrie to just two points in the first half and 10 in the game.
This game was completely different from game one when Moultrie outscored Kingsway 36-21 by her lonesome.
Kingsway was aggressive on both ends of the floor in this game. They led 10-4 after the first quarter.
In the second quarter the Saints held SAC to just five points as they took a 17-9 heading into the half.
The Saints built up a good cushion in the first half and held off a fourth quarter push by SAC.
Moultrie was the only player to finish in double figures for SAC.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism