The Sherwood Simms Basketball Tournament, which started on March 20, culminated in three championship games played on April 12.
The Abaco Central High School Marlins won the under-15 championship over the Zion Knights 23 to 15 and beat Change Ministries’ team in a very heated game that went into over time, 34 to 30
In the under-13 category, the championship game went to Change Ministries’ team who beat the Zion Knights 23 to 15.
The Marlins had defeated the Youth In Action team in the under-15 category, 35 to 19 during the play-off the previous day, qualifying for the championship.
Also in the under-15 category, the Zion Knights had defeated Randy Davis’ Change Ministries’ team 20 to 18 in a well matched game.
In the third play-off game, Abaco Central High School’s Marlins under-19 defeated Pastor Emmet Archer’s Youth Ministries’ team 30 to 22
In the fourth game, a strong Change Ministries team, which included some of the Eagles best players (Agape Christian School’s team) won over the Zion Knights 38 to 21.
The last play-off game in the open category ended up with another victory for Change Ministries against the Knights 41 to 27. The Eagles’ Coaches, Mr. Wayde Adderley and Mr. Godfrey Rolle Sr attended the games as spectators.
It was to be the Marlins against Change Ministries in the championship.
The under-13 game featuring Central Abaco Primary School against the Zion Knights was cancelled as the young children had participated in a two-day Inter-School Sports event and were too tired to attend.
During the Friday games the Marlins took the advantage right away in the first quarter, closing at 13 to 2 at half time. They allowed Change Ministries to equalize with a tie of 22 points each. The referees decided on a 3 minute overtime which still ended in a tie. The teams were then given four shots each which decided on the outcome as the Marlins did not miss a shot.
In the under-13 age group, Treshawn Swain with Change Ministries was voted the best player. In the under-15, Wesley Romanville was the MVP for the Marlins.
Edwood Stuart also from ACH was the MVP in the under-19 category.
Godfrey Rolle was the MVP for Change Ministries in the open-age group.
Shantel Penn coaches the under-15 Marlins while the Principal, Ricardo Ferguson, takes care of the older boys. They will be traveling to Bimini to participate in a tournament after Easter.
Randy Davis is the coach for all the Change Ministries’ teams while Pastor Emmett Archer coaches the Youth Ministries teams; “Stretch” Morley still coaches Youth in Action and Nelson Carol coaches the Zion Knights.
Gilbert Davis, Christopher Smith and Ishmael Morley acted as referees since the beginning of the tournament. All the games took place at the Zion’s Cathedral Basketball court.
The second annual Church League Summer Basketball program will start in May after examinations have ended.