The Abaco Basketball Association (A.B.A.) is on the move not only on Abaco. A basketball team from Abaco travelled to Grand Bahama to participate in the Grand Bahama Christmas Shake Down Basketball Tournament on Dec. 16-17.
According to A.B.A. President Carson Mitchell, the association took a mixed team to the tournament in Grand Bahama, and the players performed exceptionally well on the court.
Abaco was the only other team and island represented in the tournament.
“The tournament went extremely well considering the players we took, which included four high school students,” Mitchell observed. “The players showed great potential, and they won the first two games advancing to the championships where we fell short to the Grand Bahama Shipyard Cruisers.”
He said that although Abaco is normally considered the underdogs among city players, the eight players played with tremendous skill demonstrating the true strength of Abaconians.
The team was comprised of: Pekito Bastian(Marsh Harbour Hoopers); Malik Penn(Marsh Harbour Hoopers); Lorenzo Davis (Murphy Town Boomers); Allington Wells (Murphy Town Boomers); Mark Charles (Abaco Central High- ACH); Dremiko McIntosh(Abaco Central High); Enrico Joseph (Abaco Central High); Alex Jeancius (Abaco Central High); Shantel Penn (ACH Coach); and Carson Mitchell (A.B.A President).
Mitchell shared the following games stats for the Grand Bahama tournament: In Game 1, top scorers were Pekito Bastian, who scored 16 points and Lorenzo Davis with 14 points. Drimeko McIntosh, scored 5 points followed by Allington Wells, 3 points; Malik Penn, 3 points; and Mark Charles, 2 points.
In Game 2, Lorenzo accumulated 21 points; Mark, 7 points; Pekito, 6 points, Malik, 3 points; and Enrico, 2 points.
In Game 3, Malik led the pack with 19 points; followed by Pekito with 13 points; Lorenzo, 12 points; Alex, 6 points; Allington, 2 points; and Drimeko, 1 point.
“These guys played with great heart, and we should all be proud of them especially our high school students who played absolutely well,” Mitchell proudly stated. “Among the four high school players, Dremiko McIntosh stood out especially for his size and age.
“He played hard and extremely smart on both ends of the floor offensively and defensively. I want to thank all of them for their hard work.”
Every Friday and Saturday night, basketball games are held at Oceanview Park in Dundas Town. All are welcome to come out and show their support for their favourite teams or players.
Mitchell said there are not many activities going on, and basketball is a great outlet for young people to be involved in. Although the night games had stopped for some time, Mitchell said that the league is up and running, but not where they want it to be as yet.
“We still need to grow, and we need to regain support for our young people. The league helps to develop young players who are coming up in the sport,” he added. “Basketball is a sport that keeps our young men out of trouble. They are able to display their talent in front of their families and friends as well as visitors to the island. It is a way of giving back to our young people.”
Presently, there are 10 active teams. Communities that are represented by teams are Sandy Point, Cooper’s Town, Treasure Cay, Murphy Town, Central Pines and Marsh Harbour. Abaco Central High School also has a team.
Mitchell explained that the league was supposed to start in October, but they got off to a late start. So far, though, basketball games have been held for the past five weeks.
Basketball playoffs take place in February, and the season will end in April with championship games. Come May, a Round Robin Basketball Tournament will be held.
Mitchell announced that Abaco is next to host the Bahamas Nationals, and games are expected to take place at Oceanview Park.
Going forward, A.B.A. needs the support of local businesses in terms of sponsorship. Uniforms are needed for participating teams as well as assistance for the launch of their summer basketball program where they will need uniforms and additional equipment.
“We want to bring back the fundamentals of the game,” Mitchell said.
So far only men’s games are offered, but Mitchell said they are looking forward to adding women’s teams as the league develops.
Mitchell concluded with the introduction of the Abaco Basketball Association Committee members: Carson Mitchell, president; Pekito Bastian, vice president; Chauncey Cooper, executive assistant; Jonathon Miller, secretary; Shantel Penn, treasurer; and Lorenzo Davis, public relations.
For more information about the Abaco Basketball Association, please contact A.B.A. President Carson Mitchell at 1(242)475-2015, or email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org