By RENALDO DORSETT
THE 29th edition of the Father Marcian Peters basketball tournament concluded with continued dominance by Harbour Island All Age School as they captured three of the six contested divisions.
The week-long tournament concluded this weekend at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium when Harbour Island claimed three championships and came a single point shy of winning number four.
In the marquee matchup in the intermediate boys’ division, Harbour Island won 23-11 over the 2012 champion, the CI Gibson Rattlers.
In the junior boys’ division, they claimed their second consecutive title with a 37 -26 win over the Queen’s College Comets.
In the junior girls’ division, Harbour Island won 20-13 over the defending champion HO Nash Lions to claim their first title in that division.
The Temple Christian Suns “A” team ended the championship bid for Harbour Island when they won 27-26 to take the primary boys’ division.
In 2012, Harbour Island won both the primary boys and junior boys’ titles.
The Carlton Francis Shockers won the primary girls’ division with a 10-3 win over the Temple Christian Suns.
In the senior girls’ division, the CR Walker Knights made it back to back titles with a 19 - 13 win over the Teleos Cherubims. “The competition was neck and neck. All the teams played up to standard like we expected. There were a few surprises here and there, but for the most part everything held true to form based on last year’s results,” said tournament director Scooter Reid.
“The Family Island played up to the high level. The teams from San Salvador and Harbour Island are always strong. We are happy we had the others, who too have done a good job.”
Reid said immediate plans for the 30th edition would include expanding the reach to have more girls’ teams.
“It is our intentions next tournament to have more girls play. Even though the games in the divisions for girls are good, we need to have more girls in the tournament. This was originally a girls tournament, so to have a decline in numbers in those divisions is a little disappointing,” he said. “So we would like to tell all the teams that will be playing next year, if they want to play they have to bring a girls team.”
The Father Marcian tournament brings together both public and private schools in New Providence in competition against the visiting schools from throughout the Family Islands. The tournament is also geared towards the primary and junior boys and girls along with intermediate boys and senior girls divisions.