The 33rd Annual Fr. Marcian Peters Basketball Classic came to an end on Saturday at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium, as six champions were crowned in the various divisions.
Winning the primary school girls division was the Xavier’s Lower School Giants. The Teleos Christian Cherubims repeated as champions in the primary school boys division. The Queen’s College Comets upset the H.O. Nash Lions to capture the junior girls division, and in the junior boys division, the Jordan Prince William Falcons ‘A’ team was victorious. In the senior girls division, the St. John’s College Giants took home the trophy, and in the final game of the day, the C.V. Bethel Stingrays came out victorious in the intermediate boys division.
Xavier’s Giants 16, Temple Christian Suns 9
Dior-Rae Scott came alive in the fourth quarter as she scored all her 10 points of her team’s points in that stanza to will the Giants to a 16-9 victory over the Suns for the primary girls title. The sixth grader also had seven rebounds and three steals.
The Suns were up 7-6 at the end of the third but Scott turned it up a notch. Terrell McCoy scored five points, and had five rebounds and six steals to lead the Suns.
Scott said: “I feel excited because for most of us it is our last year and I knew it was going to come one day and I knew today was going to be the day. I played my hardest and did not give up.”
Giants’ Head Coach Raygail Smith said: “It was intense and scary but after I saw the momentum we picked up in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter, I started to feel fine about it.”
This was redemption for Smith and her team because they were perfect in the regular season of the Catholic Primary Schools league but fell short of advancing to the championship. Now, they are the Fr. Marcian champions.
Scott won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award.
Teleos Cherubims 31, Prince Williams Falcons 15
It was not an easy morning for the Falcons as the Cherubims jumped out to a quick 12-1 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. They used an 11-6 fourth quarter run to close out the game and walk away with the championship in the primary boys division.
Martino Butler, who scored seven points for the Cherubims, said it felt good to come away with the win. He said that he just told his teammates to stay focused.
Most Valuable Player Butler grabbed a whopping 15 rebounds, dished out two assists and had three steals.
Shavado Curtis led the Falcons with five points and three rebounds.
QC Comets 18, H.O. Nash Lions 11
Denica Lightbourne led the Comets with nine points as they pulled off an upset over the Lions.
The Lions opened the first quarter strong. They took a 5-3 lead but that was quickly wiped away as the Comets stormed back to take a 9-5 lead at the half. They never looked back.
Dwayne Smith said: “The game plan coming into the game was to run the plays, share the ball and play together. They did not execute it at first but in the fourth quarter they started to run the plays and got good shots.”
Lightbourne won the MVP award for that division. She had the most points, rebounds and blocks for the entire tournament in that division. Lightbourne said her team came to play defense and it felt great to get the win. She grabbed eight rebounds, picked off three passes and dished out one assist.
For the Lions, Janique Cunningham finished with six points.
Lions’ Head Coach Patty Johnson said her girls did not bring their ‘A’ game and as a result they weren’t successful.
Falcons ‘A’ Team 33, Lions 16
The Falcons were clearly looking to run the Lions out the gym as they were ahead 17-4 at the half. The game was in the bag by then. They outscored the Lions 16-12 in the second half.
MVP Michael Johnson finished with 11 points and four rebounds.
He got some help from stat-sheet stuffer Devonte Allen. He had nine points, four rebounds, three rebounds and three assists.
Jacob Williams led the way for the Lions with seven points, two rebounds and two steals.
Johnson said they came into the tournament to blow out every team they played.
The head coach for the Falcons said his boys worked hard on and off the court and it feels good to win the championship.
St. John’s Giants 27, C.I. Gibson Rattlers 22
Playing with just seven players, the Rattlers gave the Giants a scare but they fell short of a comeback. The Giants were ahead 10-4 at the half, and were outscored 18-16 in the second half.
Michelle Butler led the way for the Giants. She scored seven of her nine points in the second half to help them hold off the Rattlers.
Butler, who also had seven rebounds, one block and one assist, was named the MVP in the senior girls division.
Butler said: “We started off not playing good defense and missing wide open lay-ups. We picked it up during the second quarter.”
Derron Grey, assistant coach of the Giants, said they told the girls to play as a unit and to pass the ball around. He hopes the girls take this as a confidence booster to finish off with a title in their Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools (BAISS) season.
Leading the Rattlers was Glenna Sands with nine points, five rebounds and three steals.
C.V. Bethel Stingrays 29, Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins 25
It was a very tight game between the two government high schools. They were tied at 10 heading into the second quarter, and an 8-4 advantage in the second gave the Stingrays some cushion at the half.
Stephon Smith scored nine of his 17 points in the second half to lead the charge for the Stingrays.
Both teams struggled to get the ball in the basket in the fourth quarter as the Stingrays scored three points and the Mystic Marlins scored just four.
Smith was named the MVP of that division. He said when the score got close he decided to take over. He finished with eight rebounds, two assists and one block.
Janeiko Saunders led the way for the Mystic Marlins with nine points and five steals.
Stingrays’ Head Coach Sherman Smith said: “The game plan was to make sure Matthew Saunders did not get his game going because he is their best player. Once we controlled him we knew we would get them.”
New champions were crowned in all of the divisions with the exception of the primary boys division. The Cherubims repeated as champions in that division.