The Abaco Central High School Marlins have won the Sherwood Simms Basketball Championship in two age categories. The thirteen to fifteen age group Marlins beat the Zion Cathedral’s Knights 29-24 and the Change Ministries’ team 34-30 in the sixteen to nineteen age group. Change Ministries defeated the Zion Cathedral’s Knights 18-15 during the first game of the evening in the nine to twelve group.
All three games were closely decided with each team determined to win the championship, while their supporters and coaches followed scores closely and cheered passionately. The three teams had reached the finals by eliminating the Knights and Youth in Action the previous evening. During that evening four games were played in two age categories: thirteen to fifteen and sixteen to nineteen.
The thirteen to fifteen age group games were disputed between the Youth in Action and the Knights and between Abaco Central High School and Youth in Action. The Zion Cathedral Knights won the first game 24-17 with the Marlins winning the second game 32-13.
In the sixteen to nineteen group, ACH took away an easy victory over Youth in Action in the first game, while Change Ministries defeated The Knights in the last game of the evening. The championship games held on April 25th marked the end of a series of games that started on March 21st, following a boys’ conference aimed at helping students focusing not only on sports but also on their academic studies.
A girls’ game between Abaco Central High School and Agape Christian School was also held on April 25th, with the ACS Eagles winning 13-10.
Six teams; Youth in Action, Abaco Central High School, Zion Baptist Cathedral, Change Ministries, Revival Faith Mission from Spring City and Revival Faith Mission from Cooper’s Town, had entered the tournament dedicated to a resident of Murphy Town, Mr. Sherwood Simms.
Most of the games were held in Murphy Town at Zion Cathedral’s basketball court during the evenings of Friday and Saturday, except for the James Pritchard Jr. Tournament that took place in Spring City over the Easter weekend. Some coaches acted as referees when their team was not playing, such as Mr. Randy Davis or Mr. Ishmael” Stretch” Morley. Other volunteers, such as Mr. Gilbert Davis and Mr. Tyrone Albury also monitored several games.
The James Pritchard Jr. Tournament was dedicated to the memory of James Pritchard Jr. and was organized by the Pastors of Revival Faith Mission, Pastor Edburt Tinker of Spring City, Pastor Ernie Pritchard of Cooper’s Town and Pastor Franklin Lightbourn of Nassau.
The Cooper’s Town’s team won the James Pritchard Jr. Tournament. The players are to be rewarded with a gold ring that will be handed to each during a special ceremony. The Abaco Church Sports Association is planning to hold summer tournaments which will start in June.