Record number of teams for Fr. Marcian tourney

One of the more comprehensive youth basketball tournaments in the country is about to tip off at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium.

It’s that time of year again, and teams all over The Bahamas are excited about the upcoming Fr. Marcian Peters Basketball Classic. The 33rd edition of the tournament, which will be held under a double-elimination format, is set for December 7-15, at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium. Hundreds of young boys and girls on 70 teams will take part in the classic this year.

The Fr. Marcian Peters classic is staged by the Ministry, of Youth, Sports and Culture, and former national team player Michael ‘Scooter’ Reid is the tournament director.

“We are overly excited about this year’s tournament,” said Wilton Russell, one of the tournament organizers. “This is a record number of teams and all of the divisions are expected to be tough. When you look at the Primary Girls Division, Head Coach Nekeno Demeritte is on a winning streak. Teams are seeking to dethron the Temple Christian Suns in that division, and other divisions will be intense as well.”

Russell’s organization Street Legends, which produces the popular Street Legends Basketball Classic each year, is assisting with marketing, promotions and social media as it relates to the 33rd Annual Fr. Marcian Peters Basketball Classic.

In the Primary Girls Division, the Suns are the three-time defending champions. They defeated the Sts. Francis & Joseph Shockers in last year’s championship game. The defending champions in the Primary Boys Division is the Teleos Christian Cherubims – the Shockers were the runners-up in this division as well.

The Jordan Prince William Falcons won the title in the Junior Girls Division, knocking off Freedom Baptist Academy in the championship game. The D.W. Davis Royals won the title in the Junior Boys Division, defeating the Falcons in last year’s championship game.

In the Senior Girls Division, the Falcons emerged victorious, beating the Queen’s College Comets in the championship game. Finally, in the Intermediate Boys Division, Akhepran International Academy emerged victorious, defeating the Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins in the championship game. In winning the title, Akhepran Head Coach Sanchez Moss guided his team to their first ever sports title on a national scale.

The tournament will get underway at 3:30 p.m. this Friday. Family Island teams will arrive in the country next Wednesday. Entering the tournament for the first time is Agape Christian School out of Marsh Harbour, Abaco.

Fans are encouraged to check out the tournament’s Facebook page for tournament scores, video highlights, interviews and much more.

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