Fredrick King and Bluejays sweep Summer of Thunder


Fredrick King Jr


Senior Sports Reporter


Bahamian Fredrick King and his Creighton Bluejays men’s basketball team have completed their mission here with a three-game sweep of their matches played this week in the Bahamas Basketball Federation’s Summer of Thunder.

The Bluejays used an impressive 14-0 run to start the third quarter as they built on a 59-43 halftime lead and they never looked back as they blew away the Club Obras from Argentina 111-89 yesterday at the Atlantis Ballroom.

All 15 players in uniform scored for the Bluejays as the small crowd of Bahamians got a chance to watch as King made his presence felt with eight points and two rebounds in just eight and-a-half minutes on the court.

Creighton, who played without All-BIG East guard Trey Alexander, who left on Monday to participate in the Nike Skills Academy camp, got 16 points, seven rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals from Mason Miller.

Brian Halums led Club Obras with a game high 17 points and three rebounds as they suffered their second straight loss here. They will close out play at Baha Mar against Louisiana State University at 4:30pm on Friday.

The Bluejays, coached by Greg McDermott, won their opener here on Friday with a 108-55 rout over the Raw Talent Elite before they held off BC Zalgiris Kaunas 76-62 on Sunday. They will now prepare for practice in September before playing in an exhibition game on November 3 against Wayne State. Their regular season opener will take place on November 7 against Florida A&M.

Meanwhile at Baha Mar, Louisiana State University knocked off Raw Talent Elite 120-59 and Furman University out-scored Lucayans Basketball 105-73.

LSU 120,

Raw Talent 59

Will Baker and Tyrell Ward both scored 18 points for Louisiana State University, who opened play here with a 86-82 win over the Puerto Rico national basketball team.

Raw Talent Elite, who suffered their second loss after opening with a close encounter, was led by Van Hutchinson Jr with 16 points.

Both Jackson Jacob and Demari Davis added 10 apiece.

Furman University 105,

Lucayan Basketball 73

Ben Vanderwal led a balanced scoring attack with 19 points and five rebounds in the win, their second straight here.

Ray Smith paced the losers with 13 points. Joshua Symonette and Lamont McPhee both contributed 12 points each and Michael Johnson added 11. It was the third straight loss for Lucayan Basketball.

The tournament continues at noon today at Atlantis with the Pirates taking on Penn State University, followed by BC Zalgiris Kaunas facing Texas A&M University at 2pm.

At the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium, the Puerto Rico national team will face Iowa State University at 4pm.


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