The Agape Christian School Eagles came back from Freeport with the winning trophy in the Hoytes Basketball Tournament that took place the weekend of June 7-9, winning five games out of five against their opponents.
They had come close to win last year but lost to the same team in overtime, ending in second place. “This year we got over the hump and made it,” said Coach Wayde Adderley.
As I stepped into his office decorated with all the trophies won over the last two years and a framed article from a Nassau Newspaper on his prized player, Jaron Cornish, a jubilant and proud coach narrated the exploits of his senior team who played against the best Grand Bahama players in the all stars Hoytes Basketball Tournament.
They defeated the St Georges’ High School’s team, two of the Metro High School teams (A & B) and won two games against the Sunland Baptist Academy Stingers. The MVP for Abaco was Jaron Cornish.
The coach explained that his senior team reached the level it is in now, by constant practicing as well as playing against better teams over the last four years. Losing some games awoke their competition instinct but winning awoke their pride in their school team.
A junior team of 12 and 13 years old also competed in the Hoytes Tournament against boys slightly older. They won a game and lost two, but said Coach Wayde, the reason for them participating in the event was not so much about losing or winning, but about building competition experience. Those juniors will be in the next years senior team bringing with them accumulated experience. “They will be even better that this year’s team,” assured the coach.
Presently two boys who trained under Coach Adderley, Oswald Parker and DeAndre Vilmar, are playing in Uruguay in the Tournament of the Americas.
On August 13 to 17, Coach Adderley will travel to Puerto Rico as Assistant-Coach to National Coach Kevin Johnson. They will take with them the National Basketball Team of under17 junior boys.
In the meantime training continues daily at Grace Gymnasium in preparation of the Summer Tournament that will be held on June 27 to 29. The Tournament is under the umbrella of Independence Sports Competitions aimed at community building. There will be junior, senior and men teams from Sandy Point, Crossing Rock, Marsh Harbour, Dundas and Murphy Towns, Treasure Cay and North Abaco. The games will be held in the evening, stating at6:00pm
It should be great entertainment for basketball fans.