Member of Parliament (MP) for St. Barnabas Constituency and Chairman of the Bahamas Public Parks and Beaches Authority (BPPBA) Shanendon Cartwright launched the inaugural Street Legends/St. Barnabas Basketball Tournament at the Edmund Moxey Cultural Village Community Basketball Park in the constituency last weekend.
Hundreds of young men turned out to participate in the double elimination basketball tournament. Teams from the surrounding area structured their best squads to compete in the showdown of what is expected to be an annual event in St. Barnabas.
Cartwright appealed to the minds of the youth, encouraging them to strive for the best, to study hard and focus on positive things. He also said to the players to think about the things that are said and done, and that the sky is the limit.
A total of six games were on tap on opening night. The tournament continues this week and will wrap up on Saturday.
Big Pond 50, Bain Town 42
Behind great support, Big Pond dominated play and held on for an impressive opening win over Bain Town. Big Pond was led by 14 points and seven rebounds from Tommy Miller. Jameel Belle added 13 points and two assists. Lorenzo Armbrister contributed four points. Leading the charge for the Bain Town crew was Jefferson Bethel with a game-high 15 points. He added four boards and three assists. Jason Williams scored 12 points and added two rebounds. Sanchez Gittens contributed 12 points and five boards for Bain Town.
Fort Charlotte Defenders 38, 2nd Street Ballers 28
Leading the charge for the Defenders was Rossini Elliott with a game-high 14 points. He added three assists and one rebound. Jermaine Thompson scored 13 points and added five assists. Kimani Downer scored eight points and added four boards in the win. For the 2nd Street Ballers, they were led by Deangelo Cartwright with 13 points and four assists and Nathan Rolle with nine points and four boards.
Fort Charlotte Defenders 43, Seabreeze 42
Leading the way for the Fort Charlotte Defenders was Brandon Bellot with a game-high 15 points and he added four rebounds and three assists. Street Legends 2019 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Donovan Aranah chipped in with nine points, five assists and four boards. Jermaine “Mr. Handles” Thompson added eight points and four boards in the win. For Seabreeze, they were led by 13 points, six boards and five assists from Mark Sawyer. Leson Thurston added 10 points and five boards, and Prince McPhee contributed eight points.
Black Village 54, 2nd Street Ballers 39
The 2nd Street Ballers got a game-high 24 points from the scoring assassin Travis “Redeye” Robinson but that came in a losing effort. He scored 24 of their 39 total points.
Black Village 42, Golden Gates Get Buckets 33
Henrick “Smallie” Sands and Christian “Too Quick” Johnson had strong performances for Black Village. Sands had 10 points, six rebounds and three assists; Johnson added eight points, seven assists and one rebound in the win. The Get Buckets crew were led by 12 points and four rebounds from Juwan Rolle. Dailyn Russell added eight points and three assists while Addy Ferguson contributed seven points in the loss.
Golden Gates Get Buckets 53, The Boys 50
From the jump, The Boys were all over the Get Buckets crew, but Get Buckets prevailed. Facing elimination, the Get Buckets crew turned up the intensity when they needed to. The Boys lost their steam in the final four minutes of the game, resulting in the Get Buckets crew coming out on top. The Get Buckets crew were led by Addy Ferguson with 16 points. Dailyn Russell scored a dozen points in the loss. Denzil Bethel added five points and four assist and Melvin Newbold contributed four points and three assists in the loss.