ON THE REPLAY: The Ball Hogs take on the Great White Sharks and Abaco Showtime Ballers faced off against the Filipinos all-star team during the Glory Basketball Jamboree at the Kendal GL Isaacs gymnasium last night.
Photos by Tenajh Sweeting
By TENAJH SWEETING
THE Glory Basketball Jamboree made its return to the capital last night for the second consecu- tive year at the Kendal GL Isaacs Gymnasium.
Day one saw basket- ball played by the Tucker Boys, Abaco’s Three Ounce Athletics, Filipinos all-star team, 242 Ballers, the Great Whites, the Ball Hogs, the Pirates and the defending champions Rockets.
All teams brought their A-game on day one as they are all vying for a chance to claim this year’s cash prize of $5,000.
In game one of the tourney, the 242 Ballers defeated the Tucker Boys in a tightly contested game 47-46. The game came down to the wire with the 242 Ballers leading 27-28 going into the final period of the game. The Tucker Boys advanced their lead by one point following a three-point play.
However, the 242 Ballers quickly answered back with three points of their own after a bucket by the opposing team.
The trend continued as both teams exchanged multiple threes back- to-back. Ultimately, the matchup ended with the Tucker boys falling to the 242 Ballers.
Dastyn Baker, head coach of the 242 Ballers, said it felt very good to get the win and it was a good experience for his team with most of them still being in high school.
He said his coaching strategy to the guys was to run and use their ath- leticism against the much older team, leading to the win.
In game two, the Abaco Three Ounce Athletics dominated the Filipinos all-star team 59-39. The matchup got underway and going into the second half Abaco led 33-25. The team advanced by 10 points following a free throw by Latrell Poitier who was also instrumental in making some big offensive plays throughout the game.
After a stylish crossover followed by a three-point bucket by Cleo Sears, the team expanded their lead to 18 points en route to a comfortable win.
Latrell Poitier, point guard of Three Ounce Athletics, said the win felt good as the team was get- ting back comfortable playing with each other.
He said his individual strategy was to take the open shots as they became available and to follow the coach’s advice to not take anything for granted.
The Ball Hogs took down the Great Whites in game three of the Glory Basketball Jamboree. On the night, the Ball Hogs secured a 58-47 win over the Great Whites.
The team opened up the game with a hot start and advanced out to a 32-18 lead. However, following a flurry of threes by a few of the Great Whites’ players, the team was able to get back into the game. In the final period, the Great Whites got the score within eight points, trailing 50-42. Despite a trying effort from the Great Whites down the stretch, they were unable to stop the Ball Hogs.
The final game of the night saw the defending champions close out the Pirates 43-40 in a nail- biting game. The teams opened up the first period with the Pirates leading 11-8. The Pirates continued their first quarter progress following some timely free throws and buckets by Randy Miller to lead 21-14 at the halftime mark.
The second half saw the basketball action pick up for the Rockets as the defending champions poured in 16 third quarter points compared to the Pirates’ nine.
Ultimately, the Rockets were able to claim victory after a big second half at the free throw line.
Day two of the Glory Basketball Jamboree will start today at 4pm. Tickets are priced at $10 per person.