Agape dispose of Saints 50-31

By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter rdorsett@tribunemedia.net Family Island teams took to the floor for the first time this week on day three of the 30th Hugh Campbell Basketball Classic. Agape Christian- 50 Kingsway Saints - 31 Agape used a high octane fastbreak game and sharpshooting on the perimeter to become the first Family Island team to get a win in this year's tournament. The rising basketball programme out of Abaco continues to make waves after a successful season and looks to have an impact on this year's Hugh Campbell Classic. "We just wanted to come out and compete and go out and apply everything we have worked at in practice for months and to prepare for these in-game situations. We are a ranked team. A lot of people may not know who we are but the basketball enthusiasts of the Bahamas know who we are," head coach Wayde Adderley said. "We have been coming to every tournament and putting up a good fight. This year, we made it to final fours and pool championships and now it's time for us to get over the hump. This is the same team we have had all year. We have always been lacking in size with just about every team that we play so we have to play a smart game. Our margin for error is a little smaller, we just have to use our shooters and our speed, that's our gameplan and we have to stick to it." Godfrey Rolle led Agape with a game high 15 points, which included four three pointers. Shaquille McDonald finished with 12 points while Agassi Saunders added eight. Sebastian Gray was the lone bright spot for the Saints with a team high 13 points. Agape led 13-9 after the first quarter as Gray, a star on the Saints' junior team, scored seven to keep his team in contention. Agape would separate themselves in the second quarter as the Saints struggled to find enough scoring to support Gray and trailed 27-14 at the half. The lead grew to as much as 20 in the third period when Rolle made his fourth three-pointer for a 38-18 lead and they took a 42-24 lead into the final quarter. The Saints trimmed the deficit to 12 in the fourth quarter before Saunders finished a three-point play and Agape finished the game on an 8-0 run. Agape Christian reached the final four of the Providence Holiday Basketball Classic in December and loss the third place game 57-55 to Anatol Rodgers. Adderley was named Coach of the Tournament. RM Bailey Pacers - 46 SC Bottle Dolphins- 30 THE defending champions improved to 2-0 in the tournament and rebounded from an early test on day one to a lopsided win. The Pacers escaped an eager Teleos Christian by just three on day one but welcomed SC Bootle out of Abaco with a blowout. RM Bailey led soon after the opening tip and reached a margin of double figures when Jeremy Neilly made a three-pointer from the top of the key for a 23-11 advantage. The Pacers led 23-14 after the first quarter. Neilly followed with a trio of three pointers in the second quarter as the Pacers pulled away for good. They took a 36-19 lead into the fourth quarter as the reserves were able to play much of the fourth and preserve the win. Pacers' head coach Nigel Ingraham said that with just four players returning from last year's GSSSA and Hugh Campbell championship team, his message to his team has been to remain consistent and hungry. "Nothing has changed from last year in terms of execution. I'm still the head coach...I still bring the same principle and the same philosophy," he said. "We just have to keep bringing it. Everybody is bringing their 'A' game so we have to come and play. Everybody wants to win, you just have to be disciplined and be hungry, the hungriest team is the one that usually comes out as the winner. I asked them to keep leading practice and to just try to lead by example." Neilly finished with a game high 15 points, Tameko Coakley added nine while Lashad Bastian and Eric Pyfrom each finished with six. Timothy Bullard and Jason Scott each led SC Bootle with 10 points apiece. CC Sweeting Cobras - 52 Westminster Diplomats - 27 THE Cobras easily got by their second opponent of the tournament in a battle of the championship runners-up in GSSSA and BAISS play. Senior center Roosevelt Whylly continued to be the catalyst behind a team that looks every bit like a contender for the 2012 title. Whylly finished with 26 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for the Cobras while Alvano Miller finished with 10, Dionte Strachan finished with seven while Rashad Davis came off the bench to add six.. After a slow scoring first quarter which the Cobras led 10-4, they took a 19-11 lead into the half. As they did in game one, the Cobras second-half execution took over as they outscored the Diplomats 33-16 in the third and fourth quarters. Jeffrey Kelly led the Diplomats with eight points while James Rolle added six.


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