The GBSSAA Derek Nesbitt/Obie Wilchcombe High School Basketball League’s senior boys post-season got underway this past week.
Also, the Grand Bahama Power Moon McPhee/Cecil Thompson Primary School Basketball Tournament tipped off. Quintinique Wilkinson found a new love.
Chavano ‘Buddy’ Hield being officially announced as a participant in this year’s three-point contest during All-Star Weekend is still a hot topic. All this and more highlights in this week’s Sports Week in Review follow:
Senior boys’ post-season heats up
Business picked up in the senior boys’ division of the GBSSAA: Derek Nesbitt/Obie Wilchcombe High School Basketball League.
The senior boys’ semi-finals tipped off this past Monday evening at the St. George’s Gymnasium. Once the final buzzer sounded in that pair of games, the two teams that competed in last year’s championship series, the defending champion Tabernacle Falcons and the Jack Hayward Wildcats, were left on the brink of elimination.
The Sunland Stingers, two-time champions in the GBSSAA, eventually overpowered the Falcons on their way to a 72-66 victory in game one of that best-of-three series. Rolante Knowles had the hot hand going for the Stingers and finished with a team-high 21 points.
Falcons’ big man Romad Dean turned in a game-high 24 points in the loss.
Following that contest the St. George’s Jaguars edged the Wildcats in a close 48-43 contest. Jaguars’ guard Samuel ‘Sammy’ Pinder poured in 16 points in the winning effort. The Wildcats’ Trimaine Ferguson turned in a game-high 21 points.
After the Falcons fell behind in their best-of-three series with the Sunland Stingers, the Tabernacle Falcons managed to even the odds (1-1) this past Wednesday evening.
The semifinals continued at the Jack Hayward Gymnasium, as the defending champion Falcons took down the Stingers 62-51.
The Falcons were led by guard Ethan Munroe, and forwards Joshua Dames and Denardo Adderley. The trio combined for 45 points (15 points each) in the series’ tying game. The Stingers’ forward Rolante Knowles, however, turned in a game-high effort of 20 points in the loss.
Game three between the Falcons and Stingers was decided Friday evening but those results were not known up to press time.
As for the Jaguars, they completed their 2-0 sweep of the Jack Hayward Wildcats to punch their ticket to the GBSSAA senior boys’ championship.
The former national champions ousted the Wildcats 50-38 behind 17 points from Samuel ‘Sammy’ Pinder. Darius Cooper led the Wildcats with 13 points.
The number one seeded Jaguars are back in the limelight after being absent from last year’s championship picture. Coach Darrell Sears embraced his squad being the number one ranked team record-wise in the regular season but acknowledged there is still work to be done to complete the mission.
“I’ve told my boys the regular season, to us, is very important, because it really shows who’s the best team in Grand Bahama,” he expressed.
“Us coming out as the pennant winners is very pleasing to us. We get so caught up in the pre-season tournaments we kind of look past the regular season and how important it is. When we set up our training schedule we set it up to peak at this time so that we are ready for the regular season, because that, to me, is more important,” he stated.
Primary school hoops heats up
Primary school basketball teams out of Grand Bahama and New Providence took to the hardwood this past week for the Grand Bahama Power Moon McPhee/Cecil Thompson Primary School Basketball Tournament which began this past Wednesday at the St. George’s and Jack Hayward Gymnasiums.
On day one in the primary school girls’ division, the BMES Warriors defeated the Freedom Baptist Warriors (FBW) out of New Providence, 12-5. Lewis Yard Primary defeated Xavier Lower School 7-5. The Walter Parker Pacers blasted St. Cecilia’s, 20-5 and the Mary Star Crusaders edged the Temple Christian (TC) Suns 7-5.
Also on day one in the boys’ division, The TC Suns nipped the Walter Parker Pacers 14-13. The Tabernacle Falcons defeated the FBW Warriors 23-17, the Maurice Moore Raccoons took care of the Jordan Prince William (JPW) Falcons 20-13 and Teleos Christian blasted the Mary Star Crusaders 27-4.
On day two (January 7) in the boys’ division the TC Suns defeated St. Thomas Moore 18-8. The JPW Falcons out-lasted the FB Warriors 30-14. The Tabernacle Baptist Falcons quieted Lewis Yard Primary 26-10 and the Pacers defeated the Crusaders 21-7.
In the girls’ division the Pacers blasted the Warriors 14-3 and Lewis Yard took down the Crusaders 10-7.
Three-Point contest participants announced
The National Basketball Association officially announced its participants for the 2019 Mountain Dew Three-point competition to be held during the All-Star Saturday night, February 16. All-Star Weekend takes place February 15-17 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Officially announced among 11 players in total, to compete, was none other than Grand Bahama’s Chavanno ‘Buddy’ Hield representing the Sacramento Kings.
The complete field of competitors included the Golden State Warriors’ Steph Curry; his brother representing the Portland Trailblazers, Seth; reigning contest champion from the Phoenix Suns, Devon Booker; Danny Green of the Toronto Raptors; Joe Harris of the Brooklyn Nets; Damien Lillard, also representing the Trailblazers; Khris Middleton of the Milwaukee Bucks; Kemba Walker from the Charlotte Hornets; and the Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki.
Hield currently ranks fourth in the league in made threes at 186, while shooting at a 45.5 percent clip from distance.
A new love discovered
It’s never too late find your niche in life.
For Waldorf University’s Quentinique Wilkinson, a native of Grand Bahama, it appears that the Bishop Michael Eldon School product has found success in a brand-new arena.
Known for her abilities as a softball player in high school, Wilkinson made the transition from softball player to track and field athlete. It was also noted by her grandmother, Debbie Pennerman, that Wilkinson had zero track and field experience before joining the teams.
Once a Warrior, always a Warrior. The former BMES Warriors have played a big role in helping the Waldorf Warriors achieve success on the track, most recently at the opening of their indoor season back in January.
Wilkinson and the Warriors competed at the Chelsey M. Henkenius Memorial indoor track and field meet that Saturday (January 19) hosted by Wartburg College.
In their first competition of the winter, the Warrior quartet of Taylor Navratil, Kaila Jackson, Camara Green and Maria Cordi were successful in giving Waldorf the 4x200 victory in a time of 1 minute, 51.05 seconds (1:51.05).
They bested the second-place time of 1:53.17 run by fellow Warriors’ Wilkinson, Kimberly Talamantes, Hayleigh Solano, and Skila Rogers.
All eight Waldorf sprinters combined to break the old school record time of 1:58.31 run by Jackson, Navratil, Patricia Molina and Charley Buddenhagen in January of 2017.
What Wilkinson will do going forward at the University level remains to be seen, but her story from high school to university is one her grandmother felt could be of some help to another young person who may have trouble finding assistance in their advancement.
Pennerman noted that with the help of Premier Plus Consultants, Wilkinson was able to see her dreams become a reality.
“The impact of the service over the past two years was tremendous from Premier Plus Consultants. They were great. Sitting back and thinking of the right choice that needed to be made for my granddaughter after graduating from high school at such a tender age, 16, with such low grades that was not up to par to attend university to further her development in life was a major concern,” she shared.
Pennerman continued: “My daughter and I reached out to Premier Plus Consultants for assistance. The information was priceless. With all the information presented by them, we were able to make an informed decision for my granddaughter. We sent her to boarding school to complete a PG (Post-Graduate) year, where she made major improvements especially with her grades obtaining As and Bs, also maturing physically and mentally for college life ahead. Premier Plus Consultants ensured she had the necessary support levels during her PG year to ensure all of our goals and objectives for university were realized.
“The support services form Premier Plus Consultants was tremendous and we are so thankful.”
Legacy Baseball opens season
Along with the delight of the story telling abilities of former Olympian Troy McIntosh, Legacy Baseball officially opened its season.
League executives, coaches, players and parents have enough to be excited about with the season now in full swing on the weekends at the YMCA.
Growth in player participation has been a sore spot for Legacy in recent years. Yet, registration this season was an uptick. It was announced by Legacy president Shavargo Cox that the league welcomed back one of its most cherished divisions.
This past February 2, Legacy celebrated the return of their 14 and Under (14U) Division.
Just before the players competed on the diamond a brief opening ceremony was held to officially open the 2019 season.
President Cox shared that he hopes to see even more parents come out on weekends as a confidence boost to the young players.
“We look forward to continued support and your cheering. We want you to come out and cheer your kids on. We want you to encourage them because sometimes when they make a play, or they hit the ball or something they couldn’t do at the start of the season they often look to see if a family member is here to have seen what they’ve done.
“We encourage you to come out to support your kids and to cheer them on.”
GB Power Moon McPhee/Cecil Thompson Primary School Basketball Tournament continues today at 10:00 a.m at the Jack Hayward Gymnasium.
Grand Bahama Little League play resumes today at 10:00 a.m at the EMERA Baseball Park.
Legacy Baseball play resumes at 10:00 a.m over at the YMCA.