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Antilles Wins Four Games at Home in Private-School Basketball Tourney


Feb. 18, 2008 — While the public schools went to the big island to battle it out in basketball, the territory's private schools filled the Mark C. Marin Center at Antilles School over the weekend for a two-day, round robin varsity boys basketball tournament.
Participating this weekend were All Saints Cathedral School, Antilles, Sts. Peter and Paul, Seventh Day Adventist and St. Joseph's from St. Croix. The tournament got underway with the All Saints Vikings taking on the Saints from St. Joseph's. The Vikings won by 10, beating the Saints 42-32.
In the second game, Antilles scraped by Sts. Peter and Paul 42-40. Following with another nail biter, Seventh Day Adventist squeezed out a 36-34 victory over All Saints. Antilles then took on St. Joseph's, with the Saints losing by 10 again, 31-21. In Saturday's final game, Sts. Peter and Paul topped the Seventh Day Adventist Crusaders 48-43.
After the first day, Antilles won both of their games, followed by All Saints, Sts. Peter and Paul and Seventh Day, all of whom had a 1-1 record. St. Joseph's rounded out the group, going 0-2 for the day.
On Sunday, Antilles and All Saints started the day in an overtime thriller. After a back-and-forth battle for a majority of the game, the score was tied at 32 with under two minutes left on the clock. A layup by Brian Brady gave the Vikings a two-point lead. On the next possession, Antilles' Gerard Wiley brought the ball upcourt, gave a bounce pass through two All Saints defenders and hooked up with Alex Blyth, who took a short jumper to tie the score at 34. Both teams were unable to score for the remainder of regulation, sending the game into overtime.
In overtime, free throws were the key to victory, as Antilles hit 10 of 11 to carry them to the 46-42 win.
David LaRochelle led the Hurricanes with 17 points. Blyth followed with 12. For All Saints, Brady got 10, followed by Justin King and Kai Smith with nine apiece.
After beating Seventh Day 43-30 later in the afternoon, Antilles finished the tournament with a perfect 4-0 record. All Saints, Sts. Peter and Paul and Seventh Day all finished with 2-2 records, while St. Joseph's left the Rock winless.
LaRochelle was also named the tournament's most valuable player. Named to the all-tournament team were Sts. Peter and Paul's Michael Venzen, All Saints' John McDonald, Seventh Day's Jack Gumbs, Antilles' Wiley and St. Joseph's Charles Moorehead.
Speaking later, tournament organizer Charles Davis said he was pleased with the weekend's outcome. The games were evenly contested, he noted, with multiple games going into overtime and one making it to triple overtime.
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