Undefeated Falcons sweep Jaguars to capture GBSSAA championship

GBSSAA vice-president Derek Wells

The Tabernacle Falcons, over the weekend, furthered their dominance of the senior boys division in the latest installment of high school basketball.

 

On the heels of winning the recent Tip-Off Classic Championship, on Friday a two games to none (2-0) sweep of the St. George’s Jaguars won them the Grand Bahama Secondary School Athletic Association: Derek Nesbitt/Obie Wilchcombe Senior Boys Championship.

 

Without star guard Franco Miller Jr. (injury) in the line up for the series, the Falcons took game one back on Wednesday at the St. George’s Gymnasium, 51-41. This past Friday, game two went down to the wire but the Falcons eventually pulled away with the 58-52 win.

 

Falcons’ point guard Alfredo Brown and forward Shyrone Kemp each had a game-high 18 points to power the Falcons. Brown was named the Most Valuable Player.

 

Overall, Brown said the win meant a lot for him and the team. Now that he is a starter this season, the Tabernacle debate team member, said he is really getting a better feel for the game.

 

“Last year, coming off the bench, it was a first-time experience. But, now I’m a starter and I’m really getting a handle of the game. So, I’m starting to play better and (I’m) maturing.”

 

A few big time down the stretch helped with Brown’s confidence.

 

“It helped my confidence to go sky-high. It keeps me focused, locked in and to keep shooting ball,” he said.

 

The Jaguars seemed determined to push the series to three games and led for the majority of the contest,  up until the closing moments of the third quarter.

 

With just over a minute left in the third quarter, and tied at 33, a put-back lay-up by Kemp gave the Falcons a 35-33 lead. The Falcons held a 37-35 lead headed into the fourth.

 

A number of lead changes then took place, going deep into the final quarter. The Falcons held a 48-45 lead over the Jags with over two minutes to go in regulation. A three-pointer from Devonte Jennings (14 points) knotted match at 48 with 2:30 remaining.

 

A free throw gave the Jaguars a 49-48 lead with 2:11 left on the clock. One of Brown’s big time shots came at the 1:11 mark. His three-pointer gave the Falcons a 51-49 lead. An eventual free throw gave the Falcons a 52-49 lead.

 

With no intent to go away quietly, Jaguars’ guard Mateo King drilled a three-pointer to even the game at 52 apiece with only 43 seconds left. However, Shemel Green regained the lead for the Falcons at the 25-second mark with a put-back lay-up.

 

A pair of free throws by Falcons’ Sondre Todd and a fast-break dunk from Kemp, eventually sealed the win for the Falcons.

 

Published  Monday, February 13, 2017 

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