GB Basketball Association Tips Off with teams getting off on the right track

The Grand Bahama Basketball Association regular season is officially underway.

The season tipped off for the A and B Divisions this past Friday night and continued Monday night at the St. George’s Gymnasium. The opening night schedule featured a B-Division match-up between the Coca-Cola Reach Out Saints and Pelican Bay, followed by the Aliv Gym Rats facing off against the BTC Ringers.

In the opening contest the Saints and Pelican Bay went back and forth the entire contest. Eventually, the Saints quieted Pelican Bay, 41-34. In the final game of the evening. The following contest that featured that proverbial war between rival phone companies, the Aliv Gym Rats dominated the night and defeated the BTC Ringers, 45-28. No top scorers were provided.

Monday’s GBBA match card featured two hard fought games in both divisions. First it was Mam’s Auto taking on West Grand Bahama in a B-Division clash. The teams traded the lead for the duration of the contest, but behind Senardo McIntosh’s 15 points, Mam’s Auto held on for the 46-44 victory. Steffon Moss paced West Grand Bahama with 12 points.

In the A-Division, the Sire’s Stars went head-to-head with the Street Ballers. It was another game in which the teams traded leads late into the tilt. But behind some strong play by Ervin Lewis, who finished with 15 points on the night, the Stars held on narrowly for the 42-41 win. Dajhon Wildgoose led the Ballers with 13 points.

The GBBA also issued a notice for all persons interested in becoming International Basketball Federation (FIBA) certified officials. An official’s clinic will be held December 18-20. The clinic will include a written, physical and practical test. GBBA President Quinton “3oz” Hall stated that times and venue of the clinic will be announced at a later date.

Senior Boys Softball Semi-finals
The Grand Bahama Secondary School Athletic Association Senior Boys’ softball season came one step closer to its climax this past Monday. The St. George’s Jaguars challenged the Tabernacle Falcons to advance to yesterday’s championship tilt, while the Jack Hayward Wildcats took on the Eight Mile Rock Blue Jays.

The Jaguars came out on the winning end of a high scoring affair with the Falcons. One run could have made all the difference for the Falcons, but the Jaguars escaped with the 14-13 triumph to advance into the championship round.

The Wildcats caught fire in their semi-final tilt with the Blue Jays and maintained their edge until they quieted their counterparts from the West, 16-9.

The Jags and Wildcats faced off yesterday at the Grand Bahama Sports Complex to determine the 2017 GBSSAA champions. Results and photos will feature in a further publication.

Primary School Boys’ Basketball
The Grand Bahama Primary School Athletic Association: Jimmy Culmer/Keith Mullings Primary School finalists were also determined this past Monday. The Mary, Star Crusaders took on the Walter Parker Primary Pacers, while the Freeport Gospel Chapel Eagles took on the Maurice Moore Primary Raccoons in Monday’s slate of semi-finals contests.

Both contests gave parents’ their monies worth with two close contests. For the Pacers, they moved on to Tuesday’s championship match with a 20-16 win over the Crusaders. Afterwards, the Eagles eventually soared into the championship. The Eagles came away with a narrow 15-13 triumph over the Raccoons.
The GBPSAA championships for girls and boys were contested yesterday at the St. George’s Gym. The Pacers also took on the Lewis Yard Eagles in the primary school girls’ championship. Photos and results will be published later this week.

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