The first two games of the high school basketball season took place on November 14 at Agape Christian School’s Grace Gymnasium. The Agape Eagles took away an easy victory against the St Francis de Sales Tornadoes, in both the Junior and Senior categories. They won the first game 59-8 and the second one 71-25.
It was an SC Bootle victory all around in the second day’s games, with the girl team defeating Forest Heights Academy 25-0 and the junior team winning 38-0. The seniors took a 22 point lead in the final game, defeating the Falcons 55-33.
Long time opponents will find themselves facing each other again in a series of games running until January with the play-off starting mid-February. Abaco Central High School, SC Bootle High School, Long Bay School, Forest Heights Academy, St Francis de Sales Catholic School and Agape Christian School- last year’s champion- are this year’s participants.
As a new wave of students arrives, coaches have to face a new group of junior recruits. “Most of them have never played before and have to be trained,” stated the new coach for Forest Heights Academy, Kevin Rolle, who was formerly with Long Bay School.
The two government high schools have rather strong teams, both in Junior and Senior categories. The Abaco Central High School Marlins will have to answer to a new coach this year, the Principal himself, Ricardo Ferguson. Ms. Penn remains in charge of the junior boys and girls. Two new coaches train the SC Bootle Dynamic Dolphins. Payetta Brown, the Religious Studies and Family Life teacher, has taken charge of the girl team. P.E. Teacher, Audley Dean coaches a team of ten junior boys.
“My team is looking good so far,” Dean commented.
Also confident is Noel St Claude, returning coach for the Dynamic Dolphins’ senior team.
Of course the two coaches of Agape Christian School, Godffrey Rolle Sr. and Wayde Adderley, are more than confident, they are sure of their teams’ worth, especially the senior team. It should make for an interesting season.
Games start around 4:00pm with the first round of the tournament running through January 7. There will be a month break after December 6. Games for the second round will resume January 9 and end February 8. Three games that had to be postponed because the gym was not available will have to be rescheduled.
Here is the proposed schedule until December 6, but do call Agape Christian School to confirm.:
Nov.19 Abaco Central High School – Long Bay School
Nov.21 Agape Christian School- Forest heights Academy
Nov.22 St Francis de Sales Catholic School- Long Bay School
Nov.26 SC Bootle High School – Abaco Central High School
Nov.28 Agape Christian School- Long Bay School
Nov.30 Forest Heights Academy- Abaco Central High School
Dec.3 St Francis de Sales – SC Bootle High School
Dec.5 Long Bay School – SC Bootle High school
Dec.6 Long Bay- SC Bootle High School