Bahamian high school basketball players Deyton Albury and Theo Knowles are succeeding on the basketball court in the United States of America.
Albury, a point guard, plays for the Sunrise Christian Academy Buffaloes in Bel-Aire, Kansas. Knowles, also a point guard, plays for Faith Christian Academy Saints in Pasadena, Texas. Both players attended the Temple Christian Schools on New Providence.
Knowles, a grade 11 student, said it felt awesome to be selected to his second all-tournament team of the season at a tournament last weekend in Texas. In the grand scheme of things, his team fell short. He said it was a bittersweet feeling for him.
“Bittersweet is exactly how I feel about this basketball opportunity. Preparing for this tournament with my team took a lot of hard work and long hours. Not being able to achieve our goal was disappointing,” Knowles said. “However, I am satisfied with our efforts. Even though my team and I did not walk out with the victory we gained a lot more confidence in playing in the high school league. We most definitely will be ready for the next tournament, only this time we hope to be victorious.”
Albury also helped his Buffaloes to a 52-50 double overtime victory to win the Heartland Christian Athletic Association (HCAA) Class 3A State Championship back in November over Destiny Christian Academy.
He said that the season is coming along good with his team copping five wins and one loss. The grade 11 student also said he has improved.
“I’ve improved a lot on getting my teammates involved early in the game letting them play off the energy and I’ve been working on my shot being consistent; shooting my jump shot when I get a chance to,” Albury said.
The explosive guard said what he needs to work on more as a point guard, is controlling the pace of the game.
Knowles said that playing basketball over there is more challenging and the biggest difference for him is playing without his former teammates.
He has helped his team to a 3-0 win-loss record so far in the season. He has taken a break for Christmas and his next game will be in January.
“My goal is to continue helping my team and to develop my skills even more as we move forward. My biggest goal is to win state in my first year of playing abroad,” Knowles said.
The point guard has put up some high numbers, including 32 points in a tournament in November. In one of his games, he posted a stat line of 28 points, six rebounds and four steals.
His Saints played in the consolation game in the tournament last weekend but they fell short and came away with a 51-43 loss. He scored 27 points in that game.
Albury also returns to the court next month. In one of the games in the first half of the season, he dunked on a fast break and broke the rim, forcing the game to take a break while the rim got fixed.
Knowles and Albury are just two of the many Bahamian high school players excelling on the court overseas while wearing the “242” proudly on their chests.