'Focused, loyal, committed'

by: Barbara Walkin, Night Editor

Before day two action in the 2013 GBSSAA Domino’s Pizza/Coca-Cola Senior Boys’ Tip-Off Classic got underway yesterday at the St. Georges gym, deputy director of education, Sandra Edgecombe, left the young players with a stern message “... be focused, be loyal, be committed.

“I hope that over the next few days your coming together in friendship as a district, even though you are coming from different schools, create in us the bond that should prevail among all of us throughout the year,”?Edgecombe noted.

Pointing out that there are a few small schools, Grand Bahama Academy, playing in the 20th session of the tournament, Edgecombe commended the coach for being a part of the competition.

“I see you here and it makes my heart feel good ... that you decided to come along and play with our bigger schools, because it is not just about the winning or the losing, it’s about allowing these young men the experience of a lifetime to be a part of this tournament.

“And so, in this competition there are no losers. So, whatever place you find yourself in at the end of this tournament, you go out of it saying ‘... I represented my school well, my behavior was the very best, I made some new friends, I showed the greatest respect to my coaches and my team and for that I am proud.’

“If you do that, then these three keys words that have been chosen for this Tip-Off Classic - focused, loyal and committed – gentlemen let me assure you that these three words if applied to your lives, will make you a success not just for yourselves, but for this country.

“Because young men in order to do well, not just in basketball, but in school and in life you have to be focused, you have to be loyal and you have to be committed.”

She noted that as the GBSSAA celebrates 20 years of this tournament and the country 40 years, “in the next 40 years you will be the leaders making decisions for yourselves, your parents and this country. So, live by those three words and remember you are all winners.”

Edgecombe officially opened the 20th session of the Tip-Off Classic, encouraging the players to do well.

Following the opening ceremony the Sunland Baptist Stingers and the Grand Bahama Academy Flames took to the court.

The Stingers’ Andre Farquharson, Tamais Rolle, D’Arj Laing and Dainel Wright went to work early taking their game to the Flames.

It was a match-up that appeared unfair as the Stingers totally dominated the game from beginning to end.

At the end of the 24 minutes the Stingers took their second win of the Tip-Off Classic 46-9, issuing the Flames their second loss.

Stingers (2-0), Flames (0-2)

Game two was a disappointing one for the GB?Catholic High Crusaders, who went up against the Wildcats from Jack Hayward.

The Wildcats’ Cadwell Cooper, Denero Siede and Angelo Watson took control of the game in the first two periods, closing the first half with the 26-8 lead over the Crusaders.

When the teams returned to the court, coach Desmond Hall got his bench involved and all the ‘Cats were making contributions.

At the closing buzzer it was the Wildcats 52, Crusaders 14.

The first six minutes of game three between the Eight Mile Rock Blue Jays saw the Bluejays ahead of the Bishop Michael Eldon Warriors 14-6.

However, this one looked like it was going down to the wire.

Look for highlights in Thursday’s edition.

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