Coach Wayde Adderley and the senior boys basketball team from Agape Christian School attended the 38th Annual Catholic High Christmas Invitational Tournament in Grand Bahama on Dec. 12-15. Agape lost by two points against Eight Mile Rock High School in the championship game.
Nonetheless, Coach Adderley noted that it was a remarkable accomplishment for a school of their size and for the short time the basketball program has been in place. He said that tournament organizers were equally impressed by the level of play by the Agape Eagles.
“I am proud of the kids for what they have accomplished in the short time we’ve been together,” he said.
During the tournament, Agape played against St. George’s High School, which is ranked at No.2 in the country, and beat them by eight points in the first game. They also beat Tabernacle Baptist Academy to advance to the championships.
Coach Adderley made special mention of players like Agassi Saunders, who scored 28 points in the game and was named to the all-tournament squad. Godfrey Rolle Jr. and Jaron Cornish were all-tournament as well. The three players were mentioned specifically because they have been with the program since it started three years ago, Coach Adderley explained.
“Because of their resilience and their trust in me, it’s beginning to pay off for them,” he observed. “As a result of their great play during the tournament, we now have a couple of eyes on them in terms of scouts.”
Although those particular players are a bit young if recruited, Coach Adderley said that they would probably have to go the preparatory school route. With top schools located in Kansas and Florida, he recognized that it is a great opportunity to get them ready for college the following year.
“Everybody was kind of blown away, and asking – ‘Who is Agape?’” he said. “After all of these years and all of the tournaments they went to, this is the most successes we are starting to have now.”
Leading up to the championship tournament in Grand Bahama, the Agape Eagles won the championship game at the Central Eleuthera Basketball Championship, and they made it to championship game at Agape’s Tip-Off Classic Tournament, and made it to their most recent championship game.
“So when the rankings come out which should be shortly, we should probably be top three or four in the country, which is an amazing feat for a program that has only been in existence for three years.”
He said although many people give him all the accolades for the success of the program, it is the basketball players who stuck with him that have made it was it is. The student-athletes work two to three hours a day lifting weights and practicing as well as maintaining good GPAs.
The Agape Eagles left for the Providence Basketball Tournament formerly known as the C.I. Gibson Tournament with Kevin Johnson on Dec.27. As with all tournaments, Coach Adderley said there are challenges with funding, but that the Lord always provides for them and they always find a way to make it work.
“I always tell the guys it’s a process and theirs is not a smooth process,” he remarked. “In the end, we always reflect and say it was rough getting there, but we always seem to have success on the floor and among each other during these tournaments.”