GABA thanks club for performance
By Edison Jefford
Ravens officially collected the top award for winning both the Second and Third Division tournaments of the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) initial event of the 2009/10 Season at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
Ravens were presented with the two championship trophies for both levels while their Division III Forward, Tyrone Hamid and Division I Guard, Rodwell Fortune got the Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards for respective feats.
The simple but well attended ceremony was held Tuesday night at the Intersection Bar at Durban and Camp Streets, which is under new management. GABA Leader, Trevor Rose applauded Ravens for their dominance in the event.
“I would like to thank our sponsors, Windjammer (International Hotel) and Lens Craft for their support in this tournament. I would like to thank Ravens for putting on a good show. The face of basketball is definitely changing,” he said.
Rose took a direct swat at the number one ranked Courts Pacesetters in that last statement since the team was relegated to second in both Finals Sunday night. “We can all expect a new seeding in the next GABA tournament,” Rose noted.
It was not clear prior to the GABA knock-out event whether it will be used to seed teams for future events. It is not proper to use knockout tournaments to seed teams as oppose to Leagues, which gives a more vivid representation.
However, Ravens’ Captain, Coach and Guard, Darcel Harris told this newspaper that they have had weeks of preparation leading up to the tournament and that has produced results for them. He said he changed the face of his team.
“We realise that we have some faces for three years and we are not getting results, so we went back to the drawing board, made two additions and the guys were very hungry for a win in this tournament,” Harris indicated afterward.
Ravens had added the All-Star and National Forward, Dwayne Roberts and All-Star Point Guard, Stephon ‘Penny’ Henry to their team. Raven’s manager, Dion Liverpool informed that they wanted the right chemistry in the final.
“We are playing with a lot of unity and love as a team. Penny always wanted to come but he finally made up his mind and Sugar never really left us, he was just on loan to Linden and now we have him back,” Liverpool stated.
The Ravens’ manager said that the team has a good support mechanism in place with the family and friends of their players turning out to every game. He said that helped them a lot when their backs were literally against the wall.
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