TCES Boys basketball team wins third basketball tournament 4/15/2015 Congratulations to TCES Boys and Girls basketball teams


Congratulations once again goes out to coach Nekeno Demeritte and the Temple Christian Elementary School boys and girls basketball teams who placed first and third respectively in the Moon McPhee/Cecil Thompson Primary School Basketball Tournament held February 4 -7 at the Sir Jack Hayward Gym in Freeport, Grand Bahama. This is the third tournament won by our boys, who won the 5th Annual Temple Christian Basketball Classic in October, the 30th Annual Father Marcian Peter’s Basketball Invitational in December, and now this tournament. Go Suns!


Basketball Trip Report
by Mrs. Sharmaine Porter

On Tuesday, February 3, 2015, a group of 21 students (9 females & 12 males) and 10 adults (7 females and 3 males) left Lynden Pindling International Airport at precisely 6:30pm to Travel to Freeport, Grand Bahama, where the teams would participate in the Moon McPhee/Cecil Thompson Primary School Basketball Tournament. The tournament was scheduled to begin on Wednesday, February 4 and run through Saturday, February 7, 2015, and games played at the Sir Jack Hayward Gym.

Upon the group’s arrival, they were met by Mr. Cecil Thompson, one of the tournament’s honorees, along with a bus to transport the group to the Royal Islander Hotel. Once check in was completed, the group went to dinner at Toad’s on the Beach Restaurant in William’s Town.

The group met each morning at 7:30am for devotions, (with the exception of Saturday morning) followed by breakfast in the hotel’s dining room, then a study period thereafter. With the exception of Thursday, when it rained heavily, the team ran to a school gym nearby for practice sessions, where they played against older students from the school. Lunch followed, then students changed into their uniform to head to the games. The bus had a scheduled pick-up time each day of 3:00pm to transport all teams to the tournament site.



Breakdown of Games
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
T.C Girls vs. Hugh Campbell - T.C won 10-5
T.C Boys vs. Bishop Michael Eldon – T.C won 20 - 5
Thursday, February 5, 2015
T.C Girls vs. Cartlon Francis – T.C lost 3-2
T. C Boys vs. Freeport Primary – T. C won 20-7
Friday, February 6, 2015
T.C Girls vs. Lewis Yard Primary – T.C won 7-5
T.C. Boys vs. Tabernacle Baptist – T.C won 23-4
On Friday evening, the team went to the carnival, then to Pizza Hut. Spirits were high moving into Saturday.
On Saturday, February 7, 2015, after breakfast, the boys attended a men’s conference at Calvary Temple Church, hosted by local ministers and civic leaders. Both teams then met at the gym for 1:00pm to begin the final day of competition.


Playoff Games
T.C Girls vs. Hugh Campbell – T.C won 5-4
T.C Girls vs. Carlton Francis – T.C lost 10-2
T.C Boys vs. Freedom Academy – T.C won 15-14

In between the playoff games, a meeting was held with Ms. Sandra Edgecombe (Deputy Director, Ministry of Education), Mr. Cecil Thompson (patron), Mr. Ozwald “Ozzie” Simmons (tournament organizer) as well as coaches and principals to discuss age and grade discrepancies lodged during the tournament. At the conclusion of the meeting, one of T.C’s representatives, Mrs. Porter, took the opportunity to give suggestions on behalf of parents and the school on how to better the tournament moving forward.

The suggestions given by Temple Christian were very well received and the tournament organizers promised to look into the enactment and/or rectification of points highlighted. Special recognition was given to Coaches Nekeno Demeritte & Sherman Smith for insisting that the tournament continue to be held annually and for bringing their teams to the competition from year to year.


Championship Game
T.C Boys vs. Carlton Francis – T.C won 30-28
Game M.V.P was Cameron Toote

T.C. Girls placed 3rd overall in the tournament
Following the game, the team was treated to a party at the hotel, hosted by the parents, where the food was prepared by the kitchen staff. A few members from Cartlon Francis and St. Cecilia’s joined in the festivities.



The team departed Freeport, Grand Bahama at 2:20pm on Sunday, February 8, 2015, where parents were on time for pick-up once they arrived. Plans to attend the tournament in 2016 are already on the agenda.