The Challenge is on: BMES versus Sunland Baptist

by: Buster Laing

PLP’s and FNM’s Duke and North Carolina. Ali and Frazier. Yankees and Red Sox. All bitter rivals, each believing they are superior to the opposition.

On Grand Bahama, last season ,the basketball rivalry was highlighted between The Bishop Michael Eldon Warriors and the Sunland Baptist Christian Academy in the Primary School basketball season.

Both teams were undefeated at 5-0.

Both teams had new coaches: Marco Cooper, Sunland and Allan Hall, Bishop Michael Eldon.

Both schools are next door neighbours.

Both schools have a swimming pool on their campuses.

The Warriors Gabriel Laing was named Player of the Year and The Stingers’ Steven Adderley, was runner up.

In their only game last season ,Defensive wizard, Dominic Archer, made a key steal and sank a layup with less than one second remaining to lift the No.1 ranked, Bishop Michael Eldon Warriors, to an 11-9 win over No.2 ranked, Sunland Baptist Academy Stingers, in the Grand Bahama Primary School Athletic Association feature game in front of a spirited crowd.

The Stingers grabbed a one-point lead with 34.0 seconds to play on a layup by Stephen Adderley but The Warriors guard Gabriel Kobe Laing hit one of two free throws to tie the score at 9-9 with 25.7 left .

On the next possession, David Cartwright of Sunland, was fouled but missed both free-throws; then the Stingers got another chance after forcing a turnover with 7.0 on the clock.

On the inbound play under their own basket, The Stingers attempted to pass the ball to Adderley, but Archer, the Warriors’ best defensive player, intercepted the pass at half court and drove to the basket to sink the game winning basket as time expired.

With the win, The Warriors clinched the No.1 seed in the Western Division. The Stingers finished with the No.2 seed.

Both schools will face off with each other with four basketball games on Saturday night at the YMCA gymnasium starting at 6:00pm as they participate in what is called The Challenge.

“We both believe in investing in our youths and instilling good morals through athletism, we are coming together not only to raise funds as we are preparing to take our kids to the Anglican School Festival in New Providence  later on this month but we also want to showcase the kids talent on the big stage .”Said Warriors Coach Hall.

In the playoffs, The Warriors were upset by Holmes Rocks in the first round of the playoffs 11-9.

The Sunland Baptist Christian Academy also met Holmes Rock and went on to win their first championship over Holmes Rock in front of a raucous crowd, 15-12.

“Am exciting about this opportunity, we have two elite programmes ,Coach and I have a great relation and I felt doing something like this will create a hype and from this we also can create avenue to raise funds also develop a closer relationship,”said Stingers coach Cooper

“I believe we are the top programs in primary school, they beat us earlier, I believe we can settle this on the court on Saturday.”


“We will win all three games and I am talking confidently,” Cooper said.

“We will put forth the best possible challenge, that is what Warriors do ……We will bring it for sure…….We will take four including the teacher game,” said Coach Hall.

Both teams are ready to bring it!



6:00 p.m.- Primary School boys

6:40 p.m.-Under 15 boys

7:30 p.m.-Under 17 boys

8:20 p.m.-Teacher Game

(Also will be a three point shootout at the half of each game)

Note: The event will defray the cost for both schools as they travel to New Providence to participate in the Anglican School Festival (BMES) and the Hugh Campbell Basketball tournament February 17-24.

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