Lady Pacers, Cherubims crowned McPhee/Thompson tourney champs

LADY PACERS ROLL – The Walter Parker Lady Pacers were crowned champions of the Primary School Girls Division of the 2019 Grand Bahama Power: Moon McPhee/Cecil Thompson Primary School Basketball Tournament, which concluded this past Saturday. Making the presentation at back, third right is tournament patron Cecil Thompson. Standing at right of Thompson is Lady Pacers’ coach Dorothy ‘Dot’ Russell. Standing at left is coach of the Pacers’ boys team, Coach Ferguson. (PHOTO: SHAYNE STUBBS)

The 2019 Grand Bahama Power Company Moon McPhee/Cecil Thompson Primary School Basketball Tournament is in the books! 

After four days of exciting basketball put on by the top boys and girls primary school program, it all came to a head this past Saturday at the Jack Hayward Gymnasium. 

First on the hardwood were the Walter Parker Lady Pacers who took on the Lewis Yard Primary Eagles in the Primary School Girls Division’s championship. 

The Lady Pacers found offense early and often, en route to a 13-2 victory. Ciara Poitier out-scored the Eagles and led the Lady Pacers with 11 points in the win. Subsequently Poitier was named the Most Valuable Player.

Lady Pacers’ coach Dorothy ‘Dot’ Russell attributed the win to the girls’ chemistry. After such a strong regular season that resulted in them winning the Jimmy Culmer/Keith Mullings championship late last year, Russell was elated to add this tournament’s trophy to the Pacers’ mantle. 

“I’m elated, of course. We went undefeated for the whole season and it’s really a joy. They’ve worked hard and I think we deserve it. 

“They play as a team and team effort paid off. They pass the ball, they cover one another. And one thing I can say is they work well together. Even in softball they gel together,” she said. 

The Pacers held an 8-0 lead at the end of the first half.

Although the Eagles scored the first two points of the game in the second half the Pacers’ defense proved too much, allowing them to run away with the contest.

Third place went to Xavier’s Lower School out of New Providence. Third place in both divisions were determined by record. 

The Teleos Cherubims out of New Providence took care of business against the hometown Tabernacle Falcons in the Primary School Boys’ championship. 

A hard-fought contest resulted in the visitors taking all the marbles by a final score of 33-23. Andrew Bethell was named the game’s MVP with 16 points. 

Coach Yves Pierre said all year the team fought hard to prove that Teleos Christian School is a powerhouse at the primary school level. Pierre also disclosed that the recent tournament was the second biggest event that the team has participated in for the season. 

“In every tournament they performed well but in this one they didn’t fall short and did what they were supposed to do. 

“They’re seasoned. They’ve been together for a little while. They’ve been playing together for maybe four or five years now, since grades two or three. So they know the game,” he said.

The Cheribums held a 16-11 lead at the half.

The Cheribums’ lead eventually grew to as much as nine at the 5:52 mark in the second half.

Later down the stretch they led the falcons 24-15. But a pair of free throws by the Falcons made it a 24-17 game.

Looking to mount a comeback, the Falcons began to cause havoc defensively for the Cherubims. Nonetheless the Cheribums continued to reverse the pressure back onto the Falcons and pushed out a 29-19 lead with 4:15 left in the second half.

Missed opportunities on the part of the Falcons resulted in the Cherubims running away with the victory. 

Temple Christian School was the third place team in the boys’ division. 

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