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Posted by:May 17th 2010, 12:19:48 pm
Fig Tree News Team

May 17th, 2010
Giants and Angels bring National Titles to Cap-City
Gerrino Saunders

There were not as many islands competing as hoped for but The Bahamas National Basketball Round Robin Championships hosted by The Bahamas Basketball Federation (BBF) in Marsh Harbour, Abaco on the weekend provided some thrilling results, particularly in the men's division.

There were not as many islands competing as hoped for but The Bahamas National Basketball Round Robin Championships hosted by The Bahamas Basketball Federation (BBF) in Marsh Harbour, Abaco on the weekend provided some thrilling results, particularly in the men's division.
Grand Bahama was the defending National Champion in both the men and women's divisions and both teams were confident they would hold on to their national crowns, but the men and women's league champions out of the capital city New Providence had other plans.
In the men's division, a refocused Commonwealth Bank Giants led by Coach Perry Thompson added another chapter to their illustrious dynasty. A dynasty where they have won so many championships they can't remember them all.
After clawing through the regular season in the New Providence Basketball Association undefeated (NPBA), and being seriously challenged only once in the post season by the Police Crime Stoppers on their way to the league title, the Giants capped off the season with the ultimate basketball title in the country next to The Bahamas Games title.
They won the National Title with a nail biting 96-91 victory over the Grand Bahama Ship Yard Cruisers on Saturday night..
Savvy veteran small forward Mark Hanna led the Giants with 29 points and was named the championship MVP. In the middle center Jeremy Hutchinson added another big double-double to his

resume' finishing with 27 points and 14 rebounds.
The Giants crafty and at times slippery shooting guard Michael 'Furly' Bain Jr. who won the NPBA MVP finished with 17.
Point guard Quintine 'Three Ounce' Hall a former Gonzaga NCAA Tournament star and now Head Coach at the Eight Mile Rock High School, led the Cruisers with a game high 32 points.
The Eleuthera champions Briland Panthers and the Abaco men's basketball champions also played in the tournament.
Back in New Providence on Sunday we spoke to the Giants head coach who said it was a combination of good defense and a balanced scoring attack that made the difference in the championship victory.
"When I look back at the game against the Cruisers I believe conditioning played a pivotal role in the final outcome because we had a little bit more in the tank than they did after playing three games in one day," he said. .
On Saturday the Giants began the day with a victory over the Cruisers at 1pm, then they beat the home team from Abaco in a 3pm game, followed by the title victory over the Cruisers at 9pm.
"My guys were disciplined and focused on the goal of our trip which was to win the National title. They played with tremendous effort to achieve that goal which was set from the beginning of the year. And even though we went undefeated in the NPBA this year it wasn't easy because most of the teams in the league were balanced," he said.
Thompson also credited his bench players with making a big difference in this years' success.
"The role players on the team did their part, and even when they were not on the court they made a difference by supporting the players on the court. A lot of guys don't understand that everyone cannot get a lot of playing time, and sometimes when they can't get on the court they disrupt the flow of the team, but I didn't have to deal with that this year," said Thompson.
He said the Giants would take a couple of weeks off to "heal up". Although there are no major injuries he said many of his players are banged up from the physical play.
"My center Jeremy took a beating in the middle, 'Furly' Bain is a tenacious player and sometimes he pays the price for penetrating into the thick of the opposing defense, while Mark also pays a heavy toll for his inside play and Camelleon has a toe injury that needs some time to heal," he explained.
Thompson said the Giants team has been discussing plans to perhaps attend tournaments in the region and the United States as they try to take the program to the "next level."
The women's title game was a bit more lopsided as the well-polished New Providence Women's Basketball Association Champion Bomber George Angels smothered the Grand Bahama league champion Coca Cola Stars in a 53-33 spanking.
The Angels are coached by Kila Campbell who is assisted by Anthony Swaby.
Shaunda Rahming was named the championship MVP after finishing with 15 points. Keisha Richardson finished with 11 for the Angels who finished the tournament unbeaten at 4-0. Deandra Outten led the Stars with nine points.
The Abaco champions also played in the women's tournament along with the Electro Telecom Queens from the NPWBA.

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