The Summer Church Basketball League ended with three days of play-offs and championship games culminating in the victory of Change Ministries’ team in two age categories. They won 28 to 20 over ACH in the under 15 category and 47 to 46 over Church of God of Prophecy.
The play-offs started in the evening of Thursday, September 4 with three games, the first one having been forfeited by the no-show of Church of God of Prophecy’s team, in the under thirteen category.
Youth in Action’s team of under-fifteen won over the Zion Knights, 24 to 23, in a very close game.
Next, Abaco Central High School Marlins defeated the Church of God of Prophecy’s team in the under nineteen category. It was an easy victory, with the Marlins leading most of the game which ended with a score of 20 to 13.
Zion Knights won over the Youth in Action’s team which they defeated 30 to 19.
On Friday evening, the Knights beat the Marlins 15 to 14 in a very close game played by the young, under thirteen kids.
Change Ministries’ team defeated the Youth in Action’s team 22 to 18 in the under fifteen age group.
The Marlins put on a sustained fight in the following game for the under nineteens, beating the Knights 31 to 22.
Abaco Youth Ministries’ team and Church of God of Prophecy were playing against each other in the open category. The game ended with a score of 33 -23 for COGP.
Four championship games took place on Saturday.
The Knights defeated the Change Ministries’ team in the under thirteen category 14 to 10. In the second game, the Marlins lost to Change Ministries in the under fifteen age group 20 to 28, but they took their revenge in the third game against the same team, in the under nineteen category, beating Change Ministries’ team 34 to 31 in a very tight game.
The final game in the open category was even closer. Until the last minute it seemed that Church of God of Prophecy’s players were going to pull off the victory as they were leading at half time by 27 to 16.
The Change Ministries’ team pulled themselves together in the second half and a last basket gave them the victory by one point.
Most of the same players played for their teams all through the Summer, gathering at the Zion Church basketball court, often with a crowd of supporters from the same areas of Dundas Town and Murphy Town.
At the end of the season, one could notice a definite improvement in the way the youngsters played, which accounts for the close scores in the final championship games.
Pastor Everett Strachan, one of the League Coordinators, said that there was such an interest in basketball from the young crowd that he is thinking of organizing another tournament in the near future.