Bahamas National High School Championship 2016-C.C. Sweeting v St Georges National Title Game

(2-12-17) Less than 200 miles off the Florida coast is the Bahama Islands, high school basketball continues to grow and build in popularity on the island country.  This March (2-6) the Bahamas will hold the 2nd Bahamas National High School Basketball Championships in the Grand Bahama.

It’s is a cooperative effort of four associations that will bring the best teams together to decide who is the best in the Bahamas.

Local Organizing Committee Member Norris Bain:

The High School Nationals is very important to our provides opportunities for athletes to be seen by US colleges..Secondly it provides economic opportunities for business.

Funding is always a major challenge.

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The first championship was held last year (2016) with good results and that is just one of the reasons that it will continue this season.

In the 2016  Division I title game, C.C. Sweeting beat St. George’s 60-55. Anderia Black was named the tournament MVP with a double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds, plus 5 blocks.

The Family Island tournament was won by Eight Mile Rock over Mary Star of the Sea 61-60.

The girls title went to Doris Johnson.

2017 Bahamas National High School Basketball Championships

March 2-6 in Grand Bahama – Sir Jack Hayward and St George’s Gymnasiums

  • Grand Bahama Secondary School Athletic Association,
  • Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools
  • Government Secondary School Sports Association
  • Bahamas Scholastic Athletic Association

Division I – 12 Teams

From Grand Bahama

  • Jack Hayward Wildcats
  • Sunland Stingers
  • Tabernacle Falcons
  • St George’s Jaguars
  • Eight Mile Rock Blue Jays
  • Anatol Rodgers Timberwolves
  • CI Gibson Rattlers
  • Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins
  • St Augustine’s College Big Red Machine
  • Jordan Prince William Falcons
  • CC Sweeting Cobras
  • Winners from BSAA league yet to be determined.

Division II

Feature Family Island teams

including teams from:

  • Grand Bahama
  • Abaco
  • Andros
  • Bimini
  • Exuma
  • Cat Island
  • San Salvador

Senior Girls Division – 9 teams

  • Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins
  • CV Bethel
  • Bishop Michael Eldon Warriors
  • Tabernacle Falcons,
  • Eight Mile Rock Blue Jays
  • CI Gibson Rattlers
  • Kingsway Saints
  • St. John’s Giants

The Bahamas most recent product to the ‘world’ of basketball is Buddy Hield.  He was the sixth overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft by the New Orleans Pelicans.

Hield grew up in Eight Mile Rock, a coastal village 14 miles west of Freeport, in the West Grand Bahama district in The Bahamas.

His college career included being named  the Big 12 Conference’s Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016, plus numerous nationa awards – John R. Wooden Award, the Naismith Award, Sporting News Player of the Year, and the Oscar Robertson Trophy.

Thanks to Hield’s recent success, high school basketball is drawing a lot of attention in the US.

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