The championship basketball game of the Summer League between Change Ministry and Abaco Central High School in the 16 to 19 age group had every one held in suspense starting in the third quarter. It ended with Abaco Central High School’s victory by two points. They beat Change Ministries’ team 47 – 45.
The first week of September marked the end of the Summer basketball season sponsored by the Abaco Church Sports Association. While the Central Abaco teams traveled to Cooper’s Town in July for tournaments, games also took place regularly during the weekends at the court of Murphy Town’s Zion Baptist Cathedral, weather permitting, all the way to the end of August, with the championship played the first week of September.
Qualification games, play-offs and championship games took place on September 3, 4 and 5 respectively to make up for a few set-backs caused by either the absence of coach, players or in many instances by bad weather. Six teams in three age groups made it to the September 5 championships.
On the previous Thursday, five games were held to give a chance to the players to enter the following day’s play-off. Players from the Zion Knights and Marsh Harbour Disciples in the 9-12 age group, played a game against each other as well as players aged 13 -15 belonging to the same two associations.
They were followed by games held in the 16-19 age group between Change Ministries’ team and Abaco Central High School’s Marlins and between the Zion Cathedral’s Knights and the Marsh Harbour Disciples.
Several games also took place on the Friday, leading to the qualification of Change Ministries against Zion in the 9 to 12 age group; of Zion versus the Disciples in the 13 to 15 age group and of Change Ministries against Abaco Central High in the 16 to 19 group.
The Zion Knights took the victory in the 9 to 12 group beating the Change Ministries’ team 16 to 11.
The Marsh Harbour Disciples won the championship in the 13 to 15 category with a 34 to 24 lead.
The Abaco Central High School Marlins beat the Change Ministries‘ team 47 to 45 thanks to a few 3 points baskets by Vincent TP.
At half time, the Change Ministries’ players led 29 to 15 against the seemingly struggling Marlins who started to rally in the third quarter. Their 2 point advantage was won during the last few seconds of the game.
Many volunteers assisted with the completion of the program. Father Dean Zion Baptist Cathedral put the court at the disposal of the teams and Pastor Strachan also with Zion Baptist Cathedral drove the players to Cooper’s Town on several occasions. Mr. Ishmael Morley organized the schedule from the beginning and acted as a referee in nearly all the games, seconded by Murphy Town Committee Chairman, Mr. Gilbert Davis. Mr. Christopher Wright also gave his help as referee as well as Mr. Randy Davis when he was not coaching,
Other people helped with keeping the scores and driving the kids from their home settlement to the basketball court.
A congenial atmosphere prevailed during the games all through the summer.