After a week of stiff competition at The Hope Center basketball courts, the 24th edition of the ‘Peace on Da Streets’ Basketball Classic wrapped up on Saturday night at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium.
The different divisions played their championship games. There was also a game featuring the pastors and politicians taking on the ‘numbers boys’. After that game, there were the much-anticipated three-point and dunk competitions that punctuated the night.
Carlos Reid, lead organizer of the tournament, said that this was his best tournament he has had to date.
“I believe that this is the best tournament that we ever had in terms of organizing and talent. It only makes me think about what is going to happen for our 25th year. All this year, our goal was to prepare for our 25th anniversary,” Reid said. “The talent, even with the young boys, was awesome. We have a couple of colleges that will be represented here in August. We want to put in some work with our young people and I can see that from the talent that I saw this week. There is a lot of potential out there for persons to get opportunities to go and further their education and become better citizens.”
It was a very competitive championship game in the KFC Open Division as the game needed overtime to determine a champion. In the end, Rotary East Hype won 48-43 over Raw Talent.
This game provided the most entertainment as it was very close between two talented teams.
After Rotary East Team Hype was up 39-37 with eight seconds left in the fourth quarter, they inbounded the ball, but it was stolen by Raw Talent’s Able Joseph who made a lay-up. The game was tied at 39 with six seconds left, and Rotary East Hype was unable to make a shot, sending the game into overtime.
The extra period was controlled by Team Rotary East Hype, and they held on to win, 48-43.
Team Rotary East Hype’s Eugene Bain was the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in that game.
Island Game was the title sponsor of that event, and representatives gave out prizes such as laptops, iPhones and cash.
Executive Director of Administration and Finance for the Island Game Foundation Erica Laing said that it was a good tournament.
“It was awesome to see the community spirit, the camaraderie and friendly competition. It was great to see Bahamians come together for a fun time and no violence,” she said.
After all the trash-talking between the pastors and the politicians, and the ‘numbers boys’, it was time to head on the court to see which team had the better skills. In the end, the pastors and politicians prevailed, 26-18.
After opening with a 13-7 lead in the first quarter, the pastors and politicians held on to a 13-9 lead at halftime.
In the third quarter, the pastors and politicians controlled the game as they outscored the ‘numbers boys’ 6-3 to take a 19-12 lead.
Julien Believe led the way for the pastors and politicians with 12 points. Nathan Bowe led the way for the ‘numbers boys’ with five points.
Reid said this game was one of his worst games ever. He also said it was good to get the win, but he was glad to see all three factions come out and have fun together.
Laing took a shot at the pastors and politicians, saying: “I think that Carlos (Reid) had a couple of extra prayers and said, ‘Lord I believe’, and they sent for Julien Believe to win the game for them.”
In the Hyper Malt Girls Division, the C.I. Gibson Rattlers took care of the Crackers, 28-25.
The Rattlers dominated the second half, outscoring their opponents, 16-10.
Leading the way for the Rattlers was Glennia Sands with 15 points. Christina Richardson had seven points in the loss.
In the Insurance Company of The Bahamas Under-19 Division, it was DK Blue defeating Reach Out, 25-20.
Deyton Albury and Kelson Riley led DK Blue with eight points apiece. Reach Out’s Corey Thompson had seven points in the loss.
One point determined the winner in the under-16 division as the CTI BGT Jammers took care of G Basketball Club, 39-38.
After a dismal first half, G Basketball Club turned up the intensity in the second half but it was too late.
Maywood Seymour scored 12 points in the victory. Deshawn Oliver led G Basketball Club with 12 points.
The Jamaica Bahama Imports Under-13 Division saw Jefferson Bethel drop in 12 points to help Bain Town secure a 27-24 victory over Reach Out.
Bain Town was down 16-11 at the half before Bethel willed his team to victory in the second half.
Bernard Road came away with the win in the Sky Bahamas Church Division. They defeated IDC Dozer, 27-18. Leading the way for Bernard Road was Eric Pyfrom with eight points. Randy Williams scored six points in the loss.
The Sunshine Auto Three-Point Competition was won by Corey Sands who hit nine three-pointers in one minute. Andre Culvert finished second with eight made three-pointers and Tim Baker was third with six made three-pointers.
In the Rubis Slam-Dunk Competition, it was Azaro ‘Z’ Roker who jumped over three persons while catching an alley-oop to slam dunk his way to victory, taking home a trophy and the cash prize.
Finishing second to him was Leon ‘Space Jam’ Sewell out of New Jersey. Finishing third was national team player Mark St. Fort.
Reid has tentative plans to take next year’s tournament to Freeport, Grand Bahama. He also wants to bring in a 45-and-over division.
He thanked the many sponsors of the event and said that, without them, the event wouldn’t have been possible.