Agape Christian School’s junior and senior boys’ basketball teams recently competed in the Walter Bethel Pre-Season Tournament, which is in its third year.
According to Coach Wayde Adderley, the seniors won their championship game: 52- 50. Timothy Bullard was selected Most Valuable Player (MVP), while Godfrey Rolle and John Saunders earned All Tournament honours.
Although the juniors lost in a close championship games – 33 to 30 – Devantae Moxey was chosen as the MVP, and the All Tournament status was bestowed upon Omar McKenzie and Javares McIntosh.
Coach Adderley expressed his pride in having students from Sandy Point to Crown Haven attending Agape, adding that each of the players are excelling in their own way. Timothy was deemed MVP in Agape’s basketball tournament as well. Devantae, 13, was the MVP even though the team lost in the 14 and under tournament.
“We are going to have some special kids in a few years,” Coach Adderley predicted. “There’s been some growing pains to start with, and we were playing with who we had. In a year or two from now, we will have some good young players.”
Gregory Munroe led the tournament in block shots, and Javares led the whole tournament with steals. He also mentioned that Coach Patrick Smith is coaching the girls’ basketball team twice a week, and is in the process of getting them in some games.
By the summer, Coach Adderley said the girls will be ready to travel to Freeport to compete.
“When I first started, I was trying to juggle both teams, but I am so thrilled to have Mr. Smith here working with the girls,” he said. “You will see an upswing in their program.”
At this point, Coach Adderley said he realizes that it takes years to build a good program, and that it is important to stay committed and consistent. He said that Agape is set up good for the future with the boys’ basketball teams especially with 13 year olds, who are already 6’2” guards.
He said they will make a good solid run at Hugh Campbell Basketball Tournament in the next two to three years. Meanwhile, the team plans to travel to Catholic High School in Freeport on Dec. 18 then to CI Gibson’s tournament on Dec. 26 in Nassau. Future plans also include allowing the 13-years-old players to meet with Quentin Hall, Head Coach of the Bahamian National Team’s under 15 Cadets, to determine their chances of being on the national team.
Coach Adderley paused to thank those parents who are supportive of their children athletically and academically. The players have been putting in consistent practice over the years. One of those players is Khari McKenzie consistent comes to practice every day for the past three years. He was named MVP in the junior division in their last tournament, and was credited for hitting the winning shot to beat CI Gibson.
“They are going to do some big things down the road,” he said. “Many years of working hard and sacrificing, but now it’s starting to pay off.”