By Edison Jefford
Colts Basketball Club launched the third edition of the Phillip George Legacy tournament at the Original Palm Court Wednesday night with President of the Club and of Georgetown’s Amateur Basketball Association (GABA), Michael Singh stating that it is the fitting way to wrap up 2014 in Georgetown.
“We will use this tournament to close out the year,” Singh said, adding that “basketball continues on the up in the City and this tournament will certainly continue that momentum”. The event will start tomorrow and continues through December 14 at the Burnham Basketball Court.
Ten Division I Clubs and eight Division III Clubs will participate in the competition this year as the Club extends invitation to Victory Valley Royals from Linden and a Berbice team to play for the first time in the competition’s short history.
The winning first division team bounces away with $100,000 while the Runner-Up gets $50,000, and in the third division category, the winner receives $35,000 while the Runner-Up will bounce away with $15,000; the MVP for both divisions get $20,000 each.
President of the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF), Nigel Hinds congratulated the GABA on hosting yet another tournament in Georgetown. He said that once sub-associations are playing the sport, a strong structure is likely to develop locally.
“It is one thing to build a house, but another thing to maintain it and make it stronger. This is real development and what it’s about,” Hinds said about the proliferation of the sport in Georgetown. He urged players to look ahead to lots of basketball being played.
According to the GABF President, he was apprised of plans to have a mega 3×3 basketball event in coming weeks; he said also there is the Bermuda and DC Jammers tour in February after what has been dubbed Road to Mecca, the National Championships in January.
The Guyana Basketball Officials Council (GBOC) will manage the officiating. Representative of GBOC, Adrian George, who also shared the head-table, stressed the need for teams to be early for their games and for players to respect the decisions of referees.
George, who was at the time of his death, Head Coach of the Bounty Colts Club, is credited with leading several junior national teams to overseas competitions. In addition, he piloted the careers of notable Guyanese players, Lorenzo Withrite and Andrew Ifill.
George, who was also known as ‘One Foot’, ‘Coach Man’ and most recently ‘Mr. Fundamental’ passed away on December 20, 2012; he was 63 years old. The renowned local Basketball Coach was one of the most consistent visitors of the Burnham Basketball Court.
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