Christian Academy suffers overtime loss in inaugural game
Life Christian Academy's Geno Dames scores
two of his seven points in overtime against
the Gloucester Gators. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Christian Academy School lost it's inaugural game in the
National Capital Secondary School Athletic Association
on Wednesday, but it hardly mattered.
getting to play in the NCSSAA is an accomplishment in
itself for the small Orléans private school which
is located in the former Le Presault school on St. Pierre
team is a mix of local kids and a handful of international
students from the Bahamas.
were formed almost by fluke last year when the school's
athletic director Ray Evans was searching for high school
placements for some of his Bahamian players in the United
States. He was looking for information on the Life Christian
Academy in Hampstead, North Carolina when he mistakenly
came across the website for Life Christian Academy here
realizing he was on the wrong site, he called the school
and ended up talking to school principal Mike Karpishka.
After describing his youth program to Karpishka and his
efforts in placing his kids with schools in the United
States and Canada, Evans apologized for dialing the wrong
number and hung up.
took Karpishka less than an hour to call him back and
offer him a job as the school's athletic director and
brought four students with him from his home base in Freeport.
The team won a tournament at Ashbury College and made
it to the semi-finals of the Bill Wren Tournament.
tried to get in the NCSSAA last year, but missed the registration
cutoff. With less than 50 students enrolled at the high
school level, Life Christian Academy is the smallest school
in the NCSSAA by far.
are currently playing at the A/AA level with teams like
Gloucester, Ashbury, Immaculata and Lester B. Pearson.
team is being coached by fellow Bahamian Keith Dean, while
Evans takes care of some business back in Freeport.
will resume his coaching duties after the Christmas holidays.
In the meantime, two or three recruits are expected to
join the team, which already includes second year returnee
Donald Gibson and fellow Bahamians Durien Been and Geno
Dames, in December.
had a strong game for the Saints in a 52-48 overtime loss
to the Gloucester Gators in the season opener for both
teams on Wednesday.
team showed a tremendous amount of grit in coming back
from a seven point third quarter deficit to eventually
take the lead.
would go up by as many as five points in the fourth quarter
before the Gators mounted a comeback of their own and
tied the game with a three-point basket by Myraal Hared
(34) with 2:49 left in regulation.
teams suffered from poor shooting down the stretch and
the game had to be decided in extra time.
Saints drew first blood in overtime on a basket from Dames.
A three-poinr shot by Dames would temporarily give the
Saints a two point lead, but Gloucester answered back
with a pair of baskets from Hared, the second one after
a missed free throw, for a five point swing.
third basket in the extra session would tie the score
at 48-48 with 54 seconds left on the clock.
then made a pair of clutch free throws with 36.8 seconds
left to put the Gators up 50-48.
missing a shot with 12.1 seconds left, the Saints had
to foul the Gators on the inbound pass and hope the free
throw shooter missed at least one of his two shots. Instead,
Hadder Alatiti (11) made both of his shots, icing the
game for the Gators.
head coach Jim Langis was pleased to get out of the game
with the win, but there is still a long way to go before
the playoffs. The high school basketball season is a marathon
rather than a sprint with breaks for the Christmas holidays
and January exams.
taking game by game and if we're there in the playoffs
we're going to try and win," said Langis.
no gym to call their own, the Saints only had three weeks
to prepare for the season using the facilities at the
is confident the team will round into shape as the season
progresses and they benefit from the expected mid-season
proud of how we played, all things considered," said
Dean. "We suffered from some poor perimeter shooting
down the stretch and some missed free throws, buy otherwise
I thought we did extremely well."
Saints will have their work cut out for them this season
since every game they play will be in their opponent's
kids know they're going to have to fight every game,"
7:30 a.m., Nov. 29)
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