By RENALDO DORSETT
THE 30th Father Marcian Peters basketball tournament continued yesterday as the primary boys, junior boys and senior girls took centre court at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.
The CR Walker Knights headlined play in the early games among senior girls with a dominant performance while CW Sawyer’s one-man scoring machine led them to a comeback win.
The Knights won 41-11 over the Teleos Cherubims in the opening game of the afternoon. A pair of players in the Knights front court finished with double doubles en route to the win. Paultisha Clarke finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds while Chelly Australe added 11 points and 11 rebounds. Marquella Dean added six points in the loss.
Teleos scored the first basket of the game, but it would be the last time they enjoyed a lead. The Knights’ full court trap led to a series of fastbreak layups. They went on a 14-0 run to take a 12-point lead before Dean was able to score a basket for Teleos and stop the run. They went on to take a 17-4 lead at the half and outscored the Cherubims 24-7 in the half.
In the primary boys’ division, Joshua Nesbitt scored a game high 11 points in CW Sawyer’s 15-13 win over Christian Heritage School. CW Sawyer trailed 8-3 at the half, before Nesbitt came alive and scored nine of his 11 points in the third and fourth quarters. His three-point play on the final possession of the third tied the game at 11 headed into the fourth quarter.
The tournament will feature scores of teams from the primary girls and boys, junior girls and boys, to the intermediate boys and senior girls.
The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture’s staff traditionally facilitates the event, headed by tournament director Michael ‘Scooter’ Reid.
The tournament was back on track for a busy day of games across primary girls and boys, junior girls and boys, intermediate boys and senior girls.
Despite the busy academic schedule with end of term examinations and preparations for junior junkanoo, Reid said the tournament is well on track.
“We had to call off a number of games in the primary and junior girls’ division but the rest of the week we will be running a very tight schedule with 29 teams in the intermediate boys and 26 teams in the junior boys.
Last year’s edition of the 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 also 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.