– To play a three-game series in March
By Edison Jefford
Bermuda’s Senior Men’s Basketball team will be headed for Guyana in March 2015 to play in an unprecedented three-game series against Guyana, heightening the anticipation of local players to make the national team following the National Championships.
Bermuda’s Basketball Association (BBA) accepted the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) invitation to compete against its senior men’s team during March 10-15 next year as the two teams prepare for the Caribbean Championships later in June.
“On behalf of the BBA, we respectfully accept the GABF invitation for our Senior Men’s National Basketball team to play against the Guyana Senior Men’s National Basketball team in Guyana,” BBA President, Gregory Todd said in his acceptance letter.
The move will continue the ascendancy of basketball in Guyana under new stewardship with the GABF continuing to push for the development of players. Guyana competed in the Caribbean Championships in the British Virgin Islands in July this year.
That tour was a litmus test for the association as it continues to iron out issues aimed at finding the right combination that will bring Guyana success in the region and beyond. The GABF has subtly implied that it is eying participation in the Caribbean Championships next year after the less than obvious steps to prepare the national men’s team.
“Guyana will be seeking to use the games to showcase its local basketball talent and to prepare for the 2015 Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championships,” GABF President, Nigel Hinds said in a release to the media yesterday.
Hinds said that the National Club Championships will start in January next year and from that, the GABF will be naming players to play Bermuda, with a chance to also play at the Caribbean Championships later in the year at stake. “Local players will have an opportunity to impress the selectors with a view to representing the Golden Arrow Head,” Hinds said.
In addition to the Bermuda vs Guyana fixture, it was disclosed that the Washington DC Jammers is also expected to play in what can become a three-team series. He said that it is not confirmed, but discussions are however underway to make that possible.
The GABF President said that efforts will be made to have a national women’s team from one of the countries in the Caribbean be part of the programme in March. This, he said, is also geared at developing women’s basketball simultaneously with the men.
Guyana last played Bermuda at the 2011 CBC Championships in the Bahamas where Guyana lost 58-68. Bermuda placed fifth at the Championships while Guyana placed seventh. Guyana improved their overall placing at CBC this year, finishing fifth.
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