When the whistle sounded to begin the first game of the Banks DIH Classic Basketball tournament in Berbice a new initiative was in place which saw the timing clock, which was presented to the Berbice Basketball Association (BBA) by the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF), being in use.
The opening game, which was contested on Wednesday at the Area ‘H’ Basketball Court in Rose Hall Town, saw Black Sharks of Fyrish putting their opponents, Rose Hall Town Jammers into a corner before mauling them, 33-23 in a low scoring encounter.
The first half was somewhat competitive with the Jammers holding the Black Sharks to a slim four points lead at 17-13. However, the tempo went to frenetic pace in the second half with the Sharks all over their opponents to eventually win easily.
Leading the way for the Black Sharks were Royston Crandon 9 and Saydren Fortune with 8. Top scoring for the Jammers were Lattay Scott with 9 and Edmond Wiggins 7.
President of the GABF Nigel Hinds was in attendance and used the opportunity to present the new set of timing equipment to the BBA. Hinds also used the opportunity to inform those in attendance that the Tournament will be used to decide which Berbice teams will be selected to the second ‘Road to Mecca’ tournament to be contested next year.
The GABF boss also informed the officials that the tournament will be used to assist them in their training.
The competition continues today with Smythfield Rockers taking on old foe New Amsterdam Warriors in a top of the table encounter at the Vryman’s Erven Basketball Court in New Amsterdam. Tomorrow will see East Canje Knights polishing their armour as they travel to Fyrish to challenge the Black Sharks in their own back yard.
Six teams are taking part in the competition with the teams being divided into two groups.
Group A is made up of Fyrish Black Sharks, Rose Hall Town Jammers and The East Canje Knights. While group ‘B’ have New Amsterdam Warriors, Smythfield Rockers and the lone team from West Berbice Ithaca Hardliners.
The competition is being played on a round robin basis at the preliminary stages with the top two teams from each group emerging to contest the semifinals. The winner of Group ‘A’ will take on the runner up in Group B and vise versa.
The final is set for December 26 at a venue to be decided.
The top two teams will receive cash incentives and medals. The most valuable player will also be presented with a trophy. (Samuel Whyte)
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