For the third time during this year’s high school basketball season, the Patrick J Bethel Marlins and the Agape Christian School Eagles faced each other in a basketball championship game, this time in the junior boys division.
They had played against each other in February in the girls and senior boys categories. It had been an easy win for the Ladies Eagles, but the senior boys Marlins put up a great fight, only losing by a couple of points.
The April 23 game felt like a replay of the previous ones, the Marlins losing again to their old foes by four points, 55 to 51. The championship rule was to win two games out of three; the Eagles had already won the first game the previous Friday 47 to 35.
The second game was very competitive with the Marlins attacking immediately and leading by a few points during the first two quarters. The Eagles evened-up in the third, finally rallying up full strength in the last minutes of the fourth quarter for the win thanks to the help of Reagan Roberts who scored several three-pointers, bestowing upon Reagan the MVP title of the tournament.
The Agape Eagles lost in the Primary School Division to the Soaring Eagles of Central Abaco Primary School in the girls category. The primary boys did not make it to the final.
Coach Stephan Johnson received a trophy as coach of the tournament for his role in leading his players to victory throughout the season.
He wishes to acknowledge and thank the referees, Gilbert Davis, Eustache Penn and Ishmael “Stretch” Morley who enforced the rules to ensure the fairness of the games as well as all the people – students and adults – who kept the scores.
Coach Johnson is hoping for the same success next year. In the meantime he is planning on taking a group of boys aged 9 to 14 to Grand Bahama to the Hoytes Basketball Tournament in June.
He is also taking thirty primary school students to the Abaco School District Track & Field event taking place April 26-27.
Since the arrival of Stephan Johnson as Head Coach of Agape Christian School, assisted by Craig Ricky, the school’s various sports teams have been building up a name for themselves starting at the beginning of the year with the girls winning the Volleyball National Championship in Grand Bahama.