Three teams secured victory in the Second Annual Timothy Bullard Christmas Classic Basketball Tournament.
In the under thirteen division the Spring City Youths won against the Agape Christian School’s Eagles 53 -29.
The Patrick J Bethel Marlins defeated the Eagles 69-56 in the High School category.
In the Open Men’s division, the Marsh Harbour Hoopers took the first place in a very tight game against the Cooper’s Town Young Legends 100-91.
The captain of the team for the Spring City Youths was Uriel Dizel Delancy, Coach Uriel Delancy’s son.
The MVP of the tournament was Ahmad Abraham
Dremiko McIntosh was both the team captain and the MVP for the Marlins.
Malik Penn was the best player for the Hoopers.
The Eagles made it to two championship games but could not quite finalize their efforts.
Teams from Freeport, Marsh Harbour, Sandy Point and Cooper’s Town participated in the tournament held at Agape Christian School’s Grace Gymnasium. The games started in the afternoon of December 13 to end in the wee hours of December 16.
Central Abaco Primary School’s team, the Soaring Eagles, the Spring City Youths and Agape Christian School Eagles competed in the under thirteen age group.
The Patrick J Bethel Highschool’s Marlins, the Agape Christian School Eagles, the Forest Heights Academy Falcons and the Pine Forest Academy Phoenix were in the eighteen and under category.
Four teams competed in the men’s open division, the Boomers, the Hoopers, the Royals and the Young Legends.
With so many teams playing, there was an intense atmosphere at the gymnasium with games ending most of the three days well after midnight.
Close games kept the supporters interested such as the Marlins against the Falcons, the Eagles against the Phoenix and in the finals the Eagles against the Marlins and the Hoopers against the Young Legends.
Timothy Bullard acted as referee in some of the games. Other referees were Tadeus Edgecombe, Eustache Penn, Ishmael “Stretch” Morley, William Bain, Joshua Rolle and Tanash Swain, who all contributed in keeping the games fair and the coaches behaving.
While not playing for his team, Malik Penn provided commentary for the championship games on the microphone with quite a bit of humor, contributing to lightening the ambiance.
The trophies were handed out to the winning teams by Bishop Cedric Bullard, head of the Christian Council and father of the organizer Timothy. The latter gracefully accepted the defeat of his team in the finals, saying that “it was nice to have another team win the championship.”
The Young Legends were the winners of last year’s tournament.