By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
THE Providence Basketball Club’s 2014 Holiday Classic came to a close at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium yesterday. Teleos Christian Academy Cherubims, CV Bethel Timberwolves and CV Bethel Stingrays all won their respective divisions to put the final touches on the round robin play.
However, only the Cherubims and the Timberwolves moved on to play in their respective pool championship games that followed, leading up to the climax with the tournament championship game played late last night. Cherubims 47, Suns 23
Completing a perfect run through the round robin format to lead Pool Two, Teleos Academy didn’t waste any time in getting away from Temple Christian. After taking a slim 7-4 lead at the end of the first quarter, the Cherubims extended their margin to 17-8 at the half and they never looked back.
“Ths is the tournament for us to work on some things. We still have a lot of work to do to improve on our game overall,” said Teloes Academy’s coach Pastor Dave Adams. “But I see the guys getting better each game. For me, that’s the main reason why we’re playing in this tournament. We want to reach as far as we can and see the guys improve with each game.”
Bertrum Minns and Isaacs Rolle scored 11 points apiece, Gregory Seymour had 10 and Deangelo Murray added six in the win for Teleos Academy. Dechasim Armbrister finished with 10 in a losing effort for the Suns.
Anatol Rodgers, continuing to improve on their dismal showing last year, improved to 3-1 as they held off St John’s to earn their berth in the Pool Four championship. The Timberwolves opened with a 6-2 run in the first quarter and were up 10-6 at the half before they went on a 12-6 spurt in the third to stay in control.
“It’s been a challenge to get the guys focused with this being Christmas, junkanoo, the carnival and all other types of distractions,” said Anatol Rodgers’ coach Harcourt McCoy. “So this tournament is very important to try to keep them sharp. Even with their cardio, we find that they get winded more quickly just running up and down the court, so we are hoping that they can stay in sync.
“Last year, we didn’t even win a game. This year, we are trying to make the playoffs and one of the doors we have to go through is CC Sweeting. So this tournament is a good indication to get us ready for the second half of the (GSSSA) regular season when we go back to school in January. So we can’t afford to play around. We have to go out and execute.”
Azarro Roker paced Anatol Rodgers with 10 points, Dominic Bridgewater had nine and Jarad Richardson chipped in with seven. Braynan Clarke scored a game high 12 points and Cristian Wright added seven in a losing effort.
Stingrays 54, Knights 41
In a match that didn’t make any difference in the final outcome of Pool Three, CV Bethel were all around better than CR Walker. The Stingrays led 16-10 at the end of the first quarter and extended it to 30-19 at the half, only to hold on as the Knights tried to make a final push in the second half.
“I think some of the games that we lost, we could have played much better,” said CV Bethel’s coach Thurman Johnson. “We were not playing proper defence certain times in the games and, as a result of that, the other teams capitalised on it and they ended up winning. If our guys had taken care of the ball in the fourth quarter where we lacked defence, we fell short of advancing to the pool play.”
Janrldo Joseph scored nine, Adam Johnson had eight and both Deshone Murray and Amos Woodside had seven in the win. Cormardo Seymour scored 13, Andrew Smith nine and Oscar Skippings Jr seven in a losing effort.
• åResults of all the games played in the round robin:
Saturday, December 27
CI Gibson def. RM Baley 63-34; Queen’s College won by defult over Aquinas College; St George’s def. CV Bethel 55-39; CC Sweeting def. Westminster def. Anatol Rodgers 49-38; Abaco Central 54-46; Teleos Academy def. South Andros 73-33; CI Gibson def. Abaco Central 63-34; Aquinas College def. South Andros 40-35; CR Walker def. North Andros 52-37; Westminster won by default over Kingsway Academy; St. George’s def. Agape Academy 38-37; CC Sweeting ef. Zion Academy 55-33; Queen’s College def. Temple Christian 36-27 and St John’s def. Central Eleuthera 36-29.
Sunday, December 28
Anatol Rodgers def. Central Eleuthera 33-30; Abaco Central won by default over Kingsway Academy; South Andros def. Temple Christian 48-41; Agape Academy def. CR Walker 45-39; St. George’s def. North Andros 66-32; CI Gibson def. Westminster 65-54; Teleos Academy def. Aquinas College 48-23; CC Sweeting def. Central Eleuthera 41-33 and RM Bailey won by default over Kingsway Academy
Monday, December 29
CI Gibson won by default over Kingsway Academy; CV Bethel def. North Andros 40-35; Abaco Central def. RM Bailey 44-39; Zion Academy def. Central Eleuthera 30-22; Queen’s College def. South Andros 47-20; St George’s def. CR Walker 50-32; Agape Academy def. CV Bethel 33-27; CC Sweeting def. St. John’s 43-20; Anatol Rodgers def. Zion Academy 54-38; Westminster won by default over RM Bailey; Temple Christian def. Aquinas College 41-40; Agape Academy def. North Andros 55-35; Teleos Academy def. Queen’s College 54-45.
Tuesday, December 30
CV Bethel def. CR Walker 54-41; Anatol Rodgers def. St. John’s 35-25; Teleos Academy def. Temple Christian Christian 47-23.