In the Mens Open category, the Marsh Harbour basketball team, headed by Pekito Bastian, fought its way to the final, beating the Sandy Point, Spring City and Treasure Cay teams to end up in the championship game. They won 70-50 against the Agape Christian School Eagles.
Over 20 games were played during the Abaco Sporting Club Summer Basketball Invitational that took place over three evenings at Grace Gymnasium during the weekend of June 27-29.
The Eagles and the Abaco Central High School Marlins represented the two participating schools in junior and senior categories. Five teams from South, North and Central Abaco competed against each other in the Mens Open category as well as against the high schools’ senior teams.
The Eagles junior team easily defeated the Marlins juniors, winning the championship game 46 – 12, after a closer game that was held on the first evening of the tournament, which the Eagles won 38-29.
The senior Marlins lost to the Eagles 31- 40 in the first game of the senior category; they lost again in a close championship game that ended 35-33. The Eagles dominated the first half of that game, ahead by 23-8 at the end of the first half. The Marlins, however, had an exciting comeback in the second half, coming up to a 33 point tie until Eagles’ John Saunders scored a basket seconds before the end of the game.
In the Men’s Open, the Eagles senior team not only defeated the Marlins, but also won the games against the Central Pines Grey Warriors the first day, as well as against the Treasure Cay team. They defeated Sandy Point in the semifinal game 58-42.
There was a consolation game between the two semifinal losers, Sandy Point and Treasure Cay. It was a close game with Treasure Cay finally winning 49-43.
The championship game was a quick one, with Marsh Harbour giving the Eagles a run from one end of the court to the other. The MVP for Marsh Harbour was Edney Bethel, but all the players contributed to the team’s victory, playing a tight interaction game. One of the players, Kevin Altidor, will soon to be on his way to attend a university in Georgia because of a basketball scholarship.
Coach Adderley attributed the loss of his senior team to tiredness and perhaps a bit of overconfidence on the part of players who have so far defeated some of the best high school teams in the country.