By RICARDO WELLS
There is now some clarity after another day of thrilling action in the Father Marcian Peters basketball tournament.
A number of teams from the family island contingent took to the court to prove that they could hang with squads in the capital.
The senior girls from North Andros High went 1-1 yesterday with performances from both ends of the proverbial basketball spectrum. They came out strong as they destroyed Harbour Island 25-2.
North Andros made a loud statement with their defensive effort against Harbour Island, forcing a number of turnovers and converting them into points.
North Andros, with their decisive victory, moved forward in the tournament setting up a matchup with the Teleos Cherubims.
Earlier in the evening the Cherubims squeaked by the Charles W Saunders’ Cougars 22-17.
The Teleos Cherubims proved to be too much for the North Andros squad, beating them to every loose ball and rebound.
North Andros shot a dismal 0-16 in the first quarter and never managed to turn it around. The Cherubims posted a 30-0 final score.
The other family island team to see extensive action last evening was the junior boys from L N Coakley out of Exuma.
They faired no better than North Andros, dropping both contests by double digits.
In game one, L N Coakley fell 25-9 to the Jordan Prince William Falcons. The Falcons turned a slow and sloppy first half around, picking up the defensive effort in the third.
JPW limited L N Coakley to just one shot per possession in the second half, dominating the glass until the final buzzer.
In their second game, L N Coakley gave a better performance but it still wasn’t enough. H O Nash took control of the game from the free throw line.
L N Coakley was eliminated from the tournament with the two losses.
In other action, tournament standouts Koden Cash and Rodrigeuz Gittons from the Christian Heritage Academy took it to the C W Saunders’ junior boys 23-12.
“We came into this game knowing that we had to win to stay alive. Our defence, offence and hustle all had to be at its best,” said Cash after leading the team in points.
The head coach of Christian Heritage, Emmerico Taylor, applauded the tournament format, stating that the double elimination format brought out the best in his players.
“My guys are learning how to push through and stay focused. They knew this game was do or die and they came through. Now we have to turn around and do it again. This is what is going to make us better.”
The tournament continues today at the Kendal G L Isaacs Gymnasium.