It all came down to two Grand Bahama teams to face off in The Bahamas National High School Basketball Championship Game Monday night.
The number five-seeded St. Georges’ Jaguars punched their ticket to its second straight National title game with an “upset” over the second seeded C. I. Gibson Rattlers this past Sunday night.
Powered by a 10 and 12 double/double by Ahmad Harvey (points and rebounds) the Jaguars took care of business at the St. Georges’ Gymnasium to score the 63-53, triumph.
The win earned them the right to face Tabernacle Falcons in last night’s senior boys’ National Championship.
Mateo King registered a game-high 15 points off five three-pointers, while Tericko Moss chipped in with 13 points, the bulk of his points coming from the charity stripe (seven-for-nine).
The Rattlers got 11 points each out of Cameron Strachan and Terrence Storr.
The Jaguars controlled things early in the first quarter, en route to a 20-8 eight lead headed into the second.
The Rattlers trailed by as many as 12 at the six minutes and 33 seconds mark, before they began to close the gap. After they trailed 25-13 the Rattlers began to find life and shrunk the deficit. They would trail 25-27 after a Derico Burrows jump shot, with 4:26 left to go in the quarter. Nonetheless, the Jaguars eventually went into halftime with a 36-29 lead.
The Rattlers stayed within striking distance throughout the third quarter, but the Jaguars continued to find ways to kill the momentum built by the Hugh Campbell runners-up.
The Jags held a 55-45 lead with 4:29 to go in the fourth, but the Rattlers began to make a late run and made it a four-point game, 55-51, with 2:27 left to go.
Key plays made on the offensive end by guard Kyle Smith (five points, six steals) and big man Howard Hinzey (six points, 13 rebounds), along with defensive stops by Davonte Jennings (seven points, five steals, four assists, seven rebounds) and King put the Rattlers away for good.
The Jaguars went on to meet the Falcons for the fourth time this season, with championship implications.
The Jaguars are 1-2 in the first three match-ups. The Jags’ only championship win over the Falcons came during the Crusaders’ Christmas Basketball Invitational back in December. They dropped the previous two in the Tip-Off Classic Championship and the Grand Bahama Secondary School Athletic Association regular season championship.
Published Tuesday, March 7, 2017