The Agape Christian School’s team, the Eagles, coached by Wayde Adderley and Godfrey Rolle, plowed their way to victory by winning all the games they played in the Basketball Summer Tournament held at Grace Gymnasium.
The championship game in the under 19 category took place Saturday night between the Eagles and the Harbour Island Panthers. It was a heated game with each team tied or within a point or two of each other throughout the game. A final basket by Monte Johnson in the last few seconds allowed the Eagles to claim the championship, winning over the Panthers 45 to 44.
Oswald Parker of the Eagles contributed actively to his team’s victory and was elected MVP.
Coach Glen Parker brought eight strong players from Harbour Island. They played well, winning most of the games save the championship game, ending up in second.
Another close game ended the tournament on Saturday night in the Men’s Open category. The Murphy Town and Dundas Town teams fought hard against each other to gain first place, taking turns for the most points. As in the previous game, it was a last minute score that gave Murphy Town the victory, 38 to 36. Lorenzo Davis was chosen as the MVP.
Eight teams had entered the under 19 category and six teams participated in the Men’s Open in the Summer Basketball Tournament that started in the afternoon of June 28. The first game initiated the winning roll of the Eagles who won against the Dundas Town team 30 to 29.
The arch- rivals Murphy Town and Dundas Town played against each other in the next game with the Murphy Town team winning 33 to 25.
The North Abaco team defeated the Spring City team 37 to 21 in the following game.
The Spring City team lost to the Dundas Town players 17 to 33 but took their revenge by beating Sandy Point 24 to 18.
The Sandy Point men defeated their Central Pines adversaries 40 to 32. Dundas Town beat Spring City 36 to 25 and North Abaco won 35 to 33 over Murphy Town.
The tournament continued till late on Friday and Saturday by round robin elimination until only the Eagles and the Panthers were left in the under 19 category. In the Men’s Open category, the Murphy Town and Dundas Town teams had to face each other.
Parents and friends had come to cheer their favorite team. Whelma Colebrook presented trophies to the winners at the end of the tournament.
Coach Adderley was very pleased with his team’s performance. He thought that the tournament was a great community building event, bringing not only people together from one end of Abaco to the other but also establishing a relationship with another island of The Bahamas.
Another event is being planned in August by Coach Adderley, due to the success of this tournament.