The Jordan Prince William Falcons won their third straight Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools (BAISS) junior boys basketball title on Thursday when they crushed the St. Augustine’s College (SAC) Big Red Machine, 52-24, winning the best-of-three championship series two games to one, to seal the three-peat.
The junior girls game was nothing short of drama as the Kingsway Academy Saints dethroned the defending champions SAC, 47-44, in a double overtime in game three to win that series two games to one.
Falcons 52, SAC 24
This game was over from the first couple minutes as the Falcons played some stifling defense and SAC came out flat.
About the three-peat, Head Coach of the Falcons Ernest Saunders said that it wasn’t difficult.
“We had a target in front of us, we dissected it and then we put in a game plan. We did what we had to do. Mind you, SAC is a good team but we smelt fear and we went in there and did what we had to do.”
Tayshawn Wallace got out to a very hot start for the Falcons as he scored a three-pointer for his first points. He finished with a game-high 16 points.
Jakayo Kemp and Backley Cadet finished with 11 points each in the win.
The Falcons opened the game on a 10-2 run in the first quarter and never looked back.
They extended that lead to 13 at the half, going up 24-11.
In the second half, the Falcons coasted to victory as chants of “three straight” echoed from their fans.
Cayden King and Zion Evans led the way for SAC with four points each.
Saunders said as they progressed in the season, they saw their faults and corrected it. He thanked his team and fellow coaches for playing a huge role in the victory.
For Saunders, he said his team have a week off and then it is back to work.
In game one of the series, SAC won 36-32. The Falcons came back and won game two, 51-44, and then won game three in a blowout to claim another title.
Saints 47, SAC 44
Despite not scoring a single point in the first quarter, the Saints roared back to force overtime, and then another overtime period, and took home the junior girls title.
“Like I told you yesterday (Wednesday), if we stick to our game plan, stick to the intensity, we would win,” said Kingsway Head Coach Samara Butler said. “Defense is our best thing. We stuck it out and got some stops and we scored. We thought we were never out of the game as long as we played good defense.”
It was none other than perennial scorer Claire Ferguson who sent the game into overtime with a runner on the baseline as time was winding down.
“It feels good. It is our first time and we’re excited. It feels good,” Ferguson said
She led the way for the Saints with a game-high 24 points.
In the first overtime period, SAC’s key player Antonicia Moultrie fouled out with 1:21 remaining. She finished with 24 points, tied for game-high honors with Ferguson.
The momentum swung in favor of the Saints after Moultrie fouled out.
SAC held a 42-40 lead with 44 seconds remaining in the first overtime, but Kingsway kept its composure.
With 21.7 seconds left in the first overtime period, it was Soliel Clarke who gave her team a boost when she caught an inbounds pass and made a layup to tie the game at 42.
SAC came up empty on the next possession, leaving the door open for the Saints with less than 10 seconds remaining in the first overtime period.
Ferguson missed a layup as time expired and the game went into a second overtime.
The Saints never trailed in the second overtime period as they jumped out to a quick 44-42 lead on a fast-break layup from Clarke.
SAC missed costly free throws and layups down the stretch and the Saints’ supporters erupted as time gradually expired.
Zyaire Ferguson chipped in with three points for the Saints. Terrell Dawkins had 11 points for SAC in the loss.
Kingsway lost game one 55-21 and came back and won game two 39-29, before completing the championship run by taking game three as well.
In the other two series, the Big Red Machine senior girls and the Queen’s College Comets senior boys prevailed in two game sweeps.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism