Jaguars bump off Blue Jays in senior boys thriller
By Buster Laing
Special to The FN
On Tuesday night, Day 5 of the GBSAA Tip-off classic action continued and it made all basketball worshippers forget that Tuesday night was the opening night of the 2012-2013 NBA season.
Forget D-Wade and Lebron in South Beach and The big three in Tinsel town; at least for this one night, the 2012 Dominoes Pizza /Coca-Cola GBSAA Senior Boys tip-off classic took the spotlight, highlighted by a thrilling game between the No.1 ranked St. Georges Jaguars and the No.4 Eight Mile Rock Blue Jays as Antwan Bevans came up big with 21 points including the game winning basket in overtime to lead the Jaguars past the Blue jays 67-64 in overtime.
The game lived up to the hype, as the Blue Jays welcomed back head coach Quinton Hall, who missed the first four games of the tournament.
It was even more exciting as newcomer Keno Russell, who is also living up to all the hype as one of the best players in high school after leaving Tabernacle Baptist Academy to play for his cross town rival, the Jaguars, scored the go ahead basket in regulation with six seconds on the clock to put the Jaguars up 58-55.
But the script didn't end there; the Jays rushed down the court and point guard Darryl Butler found an open Diandre "Reds "Jones deep in the left hand corner, who without hesitation let the ball fly, which seemed as though it floated in the air for eternity.
The ball entered, then rimmed around the basket before silently dropping through the nets to tie the score at 58-58 as the buzzer sounded and the Jays' faithful fans went ballistic.
Jaguars' head Coach Darrell Sears, a master game time coach, settled his team down in overtime, led by the playmaking of Russell and went on to out-score the Jays 9-6 in overtime behind Bevans' four points.
Dontae Thompson scored a team high 22 points including three three-pointers and Russell dumped in 13 points.
Jones led the Blue Jays with 22 points including two three pointers and Keanu Woodside scored 13 points and Womarko Russell added 11.
Sunland Baptist 43, Tabernacle Baptist 39
They shouted "Traitor...Traitor" as he shot his free-throws, but the versatile and charismatic point guard Latrell Poitier just smiled and after hitting the free-throws pointed at the Tabernacle Baptist student body as he went on to score 16 points to lead the No.3 ranked Sunland Baptist past No.2 Tabernacle Baptist Academy Falcons 43-39 in the feature game on Wednesday night.
In the year of "transfers," Poitier also left Tabernacle Baptist Academy for Sunland Baptist, joining Keno Russell who went to St.Georges.
Sharpshooter Calvin Anderson came off the bench to score 12 points including two three-pointers.
Robert Joseph was the game's top scorer with 20 points and point guard Rashad Russell, who is the Falcons' leading scorer was held to six points, mostly in part because of the towering frontline of Sunland's Twin Towers of Narrando Jones and Hank Davis, both who tower over 6-7 feet.
GBSSAA DOMINOES PIZZA /COCA- COLA SENIOR BOYS TIP-OFF BASKETBALL CLASSIC: HIGHS AND LOWS
Just in case you missed the first five days of the best basketball in the Bahamas, The Freeport News has recapped the first five days of players and teams which showed up and other players and teams which didn't.
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