During the last two weekends of August, the Zion Baptist Cathedral’s basketball court was bustling with people- players, coaches and local supporters- who had come to play or watch the end of the season elimination games.
Three games were played in the evening of August 24.
The first game was played between the Zion Baptist Cathedral’s team and Youth Ministries’ team in the under 19 category. In spite of good attempt by Zion’s team, the victory went to Pastor Emmet Archer’s Youth Ministries, 23 to 17.
Thanks to star player, Edney “Bootie” Bethel, Church of God of Prophecy’s team defeated Change Ministries’ team in the open category, 31 to 23 in the second game.
It was a close game between Zion’s Baptist Cathedral’s and Soul Saving Ministries’s teams in the third game, open category. The “Blues” of Zion Cathedral ended up winning by 21 to 19.
The elimination rounds resumed on August 31with five games disputed between Zion Baptist Cathedral, Change Ministries, Victory Tabernacle, Youth Ministries, Soul Saving Ministries and Church of God of Prophecy.
In the first game, the Zion’s “Blue” were defeated by the Change Ministries’ team 29 to 11, in the under 19 age group.
In the same age group, the Victory Tabernacle’s team grabbed an easy victory over Youth Ministries, winning 30 to 17.
It was a close game between the under fifteen teams of Change Ministries and Zion Baptist Cathedral. Those younger players tried their best at defeating their opponent and by the end of the game, the result was a 15 points tie. The game went into overtime, which allowed Zion Baptist Cathedral’s team to win by a mere point, with a final score of 21 to 20.
Game four was played between Church of God of Prophecy, the Dundas Town team, and Soul Saving Ministries. Again it was an easy victory in the open category, for Church of God of Prophecy with “Bootie” Bethel living up to his reputation. The end result was 34 to 23.
Zion Baptist Cathedral’s team pulled the victory in the last- open category- game of the evening, defeating Change Ministries’ team 37 to 31, with the two Murphy Town teams each putting up a good fight for a chance to end up in the final.
A good crowd frequented the court on August 31, enjoying the sport and the freshly grilled hamburgers. Among the attendees was the MP for North Abaco, Mr. Renardo Curry who socialized with old friends and acquaintances before throwing the starting ball in the third game.
The championship game took place on September 6.