By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
The St Augustine's College Big Red Machine won the opening game in three of four contested divisions while the Queen's College senior boys prevented a SAC sweep as the BAISS championship series got underway at Loyola Hall last night.
Game two in each series tips off beginning at 4pm on Wednesday.
SAC Big Red Machine - 55
Kingsway Saints - 21
Antonicia Moultrie continues her run as the most unstoppable player in the division.
The junior national team standout outscored the Saints on her own and finished with a game high 36 points. Dre'Elle Johnson finished with six and Dior-Rae Scott added five for the Big Red Machine.
Soliel Clarke led the Saints with eight points and Claire Ferguson scored six.
The Saints scored first on a Clarke jumper but SAC clung to a 6-5 lead at the end of the first.
Moultrie scored five of SAC's six points in the opening quarter but exploded for 12 points in the second as the Big Red Machine pulled away. She opened up the period with eight straight points, but the Saints rallied to trim the deficit to four. Moultrie responded with late layup to take a 20-14 lead at the half.
Moultrie gave SAC their first double-digit lead as a part of a 10-2 run to open the third quarter and the Saints never threatened the rest of the way.
SAC Big Red Machine - 34
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Falcons - 32
SAC controlled much of the game but narrowly survived a late four quarter collapse to survive game one.
Brian Carey led SAC with 17 points, Cayden King scored five and Dakario Outten finished with four clutch points in the late moments of the fourth.
Barkley Cadet led the Falcons with 11, Tiore Cadet scored nine and Tayshawn Wallace finished with six.
A 12-point lead was cut to just two and the Falcons had an opportunity to tie when Barkley was sent to the line with 18 seconds left to play. He went on to miss both and the Big Red Machine secured possession to seal the win.
In a back and forth first quarter, the game was tied at eight and again at 10 at the end of the period. Tied again at 12, Carey converted a three-point play and dished an assist to Mario Forbes for a five-point lead.
The Falcons managed just a single field goal in the quarter and SAC led 17-12 at the half.
The Falcons' struggles continued in the third quarter and didn't manage their first field goal of the second half until the 3:03 mark on a Tiore Cadet layup.
SAC built a 14-point lead (28-14) on a King fastbreak layup, but the Falcons would rally.
Jakayo Kemp banked in a runner, Barkley Caret's putback and free throw trimmed the deficit to just three (28-25).
Carey dished an assist to Outten to end the SAC drought and after Wallace scored inside, King's fastbreak layup made it 34-30 with 1:02 left to play.
SAC Big Red Machine - 44
St John's Giants - 19
The Big Red Machine's Kendi Outten scored 16 to lead SAC while Rachael Rolle scored 15. Yuan Gordon led the Giants with eight points.
SAC led 8-6 at the end of the first and held St John's scoreless in the second quarter en route to the most lopsided win on the schedule.
Queen's College Comets - 48
SAC Big Red Machine - 38
Dre Hudson scored 12 and Kendre Kemp scored all of his 10 points in the fourth quarter as the Comets prevented the game one sweep.
Cameron Toote had nine and Brian Lockhart had eight to lead the Big Red Machine.
QC took an early 11-3 lead at the end of the first and never trailed in the wire-to-wire win.
The Comets extended their lead to 19-5 and SAC was finally able to end the drought on an Aaron Sands three pointer at the 3:32 mark. QC would take a 22-14 lead at the half.
SAC scored the first four points of the third quarter to cut the lead to four but Deon Davis responded with a runner to end the brief SAC run.
QC led 34-24 with just under six minutes left to play and Wanya McCoy highlighted the win with an emphatic fastbreak dunk to send the Comets faithful into a frenzy.