The third Tipoff Classic Basketball Tournament was held at Grace Gymnasium during the weekend of October 18 to 20. Once more, the results confirmed the superiority of the Eagles, the Agape Christian School team, not only locally but also among the visiting teams. Thanks to the effort of MVP Javeres McIntosh, the Eagles won the 13 and under title, beating Abaco Central High School’s Marlins.
In the Junior division, Godfrey Rolle’s outstanding play in the final game contributed to the defeat of CC Sweeting. In the last game of the senior division, the Eagles gave CC Sweeting a good fight, but finally lost to their Nassau opponents 79 to 68. Alvano Miller was declared the MVP for the winning team.
SC Bootle, Abaco Central High School, Long Bay School and Agape Christian School defended Abaco against the visiting teams of CC Sweeting, Anatole Roger, Doris Johnson and CI Gibson from New Providence. Altogether seventeen teams representing three divisions, Thirteen and Under, Juniors and Seniors, played for three nights with the championship’s finals taking place on Saturday evening under the watchful eyes and the cheers of the many supporters who had come to patronize the event.
Two local players particularly distinguished themselves during the tournament. One was the son of Coach Godfrey Rolle Sr, Godfrey Rolle Jr, who averaged 22 points per game. The other was Jeron Cornish in the Senior Division with 20 points per game. Some of the coaches also deserved recognition, such as Abaco Central High School Coach, Shantell Penn, who was nominated Coach of the Tournament.
The coaches , particularly the Eagles Coach, Wayde Adderley, were very pleased with the results. “We have a great senior team this year who ranked 7th in the country at the end of last year. We have the best back court in the country now and we are looking to be in the top three teams nationwide this year,” commented the coach.
Two former Agape Christian School students getting ready to attend college on basketball scholarships next January, Shaquil McDonald (Niagara College) and Basil Johnson ( Miles College in Texas), attended the tournament, giving their support and helped with keeping scores.
The Junior and Senior Eagles will travel to Central Eleuthera on November 15 for a tournament. The local inter-school championships will start mid-November.