The Agape Christian School Eagles defeated all local and visiting teams from Nassau during the three days of the fourth Basketball Tip Off Tournament. It was held from October 24-26 at Grace Gymnasium.
The tournament was a grand affair this year, with national coverage from ZNS and a complete team of six referees controlling the games, including the famous “Moon” McPhee from Grand Bahama and three referees from Nassau, among them the head of the Referees Association, Johnny Williams. Two teams of score keepers recorded points and fouls, with the score being projected on a large screen on the wall for all to see.
Altogether thirty seven games were hard fought during the tournament which started in the early afternoon of October 24, going on past midnight every day
There were a lot of heated moments, especially during the championship games, with coaches screaming and fans cheering loudly, but there was great high school basketball being played. It must be said that all the kids, winners and losers, gave the best of their efforts to defend their schools. Abaco was put on the high school basketball map, with Abaco Central High School placing among the first three in each category.
Four local teams, SC Bootle Dynamic Dolphins, Smith Memorial School team (which wasparticipating for the first time), Abaco Central High School’s Marlins and Agape Christian School’s Eagles competed against each other and against the CR Walker Knights (first time in the Tip-Off), Doris Johnson’s Mystic Marlins, C I Gibson Rattlers and the C C Sweeting Cobras.
The tournament started with a game of under-13 students from Smith Memorial and Agape Christian School, the latter defeating Smith Memorial 38 to 21. All through the day the competition between the teams continued in under-13, junior and senior categories, ending with game 13.
During the morning, the Eagles defeated the ACH Marlins 54 to 44 in the senior category; later on, they also beat Doris Johnson’s team 33 to 28 and won the last game of the day against CR Walker with a good margin of nineteen points, 54 to 35
The games resumed the following day around 10:00 am with another Eagles’ victory against Abaco Central High School in the under 13 category; later on the seniors defeated SC Bootle High School 52 to 24.
Abaco Central High School senior Marlins put on a great game against CC Sweeting winning 47 to 39 but they lost in the junior category to the CI Gibson Rattlers who easily defeated them 41 to 23. The aggressive CR Walker Knights under the coaching of Trevor Grant took an easy victory over SC Bootle Dynamic Dolphins 52 to 13. The evening was not over without another Eagles’ victory of 41 to 26, this time over CC Sweeting Cobras.
Saturday was the big day, with the final elimination games leading to the three championship games.
Only three teams entered the under-13 category. Smith Memorial had already claimed the 3rd place. The championship game in that category was between the Eagles and the Marlins to determine second and first place. The Eagles took that first place seemingly effortlessly, defeating ACH 48 to 20. Davonte Moxey was voted MVP.
By that time the gymnasium was full. Fans of the Eagles had claimed the stage and were cheering, singing and waving Agape Christian School T-Shirts. Seats around the court were all occupied. The Eagles were playing against C I Gibson in the junior category.
Under the constant urging of coach Kevin Johnson, the Rattlers gave the Eagles more than a tough competition and it was just before the fall of the gong that the Eagles scored the basket that gave them the first place, winning by a mere point. The score: 46 to 45.
The following game was to determine the third place in the senior category. The ACH Marlins put on a great fight for that third place and they got it, winning against CR Walker 54 to 44.
In the junior category:
Agape Eagles, first
CI Gibson Rattlers, second
ACH Marlins, third.
Eagle Omar McKenzie took a well-deserved MVP title.
Under the strict control of Christopher Smith, Sharon Store and “Moon” McPhee, who were the referees in the last game, the Eagles put up the fight of their lives against the Mystic Marlins. It was a fast aggressive game on both sides, but the Eagles never lost the upper hand, always leading by a few points, demonstrating the togetherness of the team through great tactics and execution. Someone was always at the right place to catch the ball. The final score was 71- 61.
All the players deserved recognition, but especially Godfrey Rolle and Timothy Bullard who received the MVP titles. Timothy was carried on his fans’ shoulders while camera flashes erupted around him.
The final results in the senior category were as follows:
Agape Eagles first place
Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins, second place
ACH Marlins, third place.
Doris Johnson’s Coach Denicko Bowles received the title of Coach of the Tournament.
Timothy Bullard and Godfey Rolle for Agape, Kyle Smith for ACH, Shanton Pratt for Doris Johnson and Tameko Symonette for CR Walker made the All Star Team.
Coach Wayde Adderley was pleased with the results even though he expected them: “we had to win,” he said, “we work too hard not to. We deserve it”
Teams and players received their trophies form the hands of the Agape Principal, Cecile Albury.