The Linden Amateur Basketball Association will bounce off its Schools Under-19 Basketball championship this afternoon with a triple header which will see the contesting schools in action on day one at the Mackenzie sports Club hard court.
After clinching a sponsorship deal with Youth Basketball Guyana (YBG) to ensure that the tournament which should have been played during the Linden Town Week, but failed to attract sponsors, Youth Basketball Guyana jumped to the LABA’s assistance and plugged in a monetary award with the championship trophy, two basketballs and a pair of nets to ensure it was staged.
As this deal was made on Thursday, Banks DIH also came on board and will supply refreshments for the players and officials as the Mackenzie Sports Club Committee of Management also gave permission to have the tournament held after some fruitful deliberations with the club’s top brass at very short notice.
Youth Basketball Guyana Director Chris Bowman said he was also willing to give assistance towards helping the youth basketball develop and noted the role of the associations are central to helping the sport regionally.
Bowman remarked: “They can scout new players from such a tournament. We would anticipate persons from clubs would step up to work with these schools players as coach or assistant coach as there are many areas in which they can give assistance,” as he pledged his organisations continued support for youth basketball development.
The LABA’s Secretary, Joseph Chapman, who received the donation, was in high praise of Youth Basketball Guyana. He said as soon as it became necessary to find a major sponsor Youth Basketball Guyana rendered the necessary assistance and for this the LABA is respectful of their role in furthering the promotion of the sport among youths.
He said as always Banks DIH also came and agreed to refresh the players during the championship which will be staged with triple headers the first three playing days due to the time frame for which they are working to produce the top three teams for the grand YBG National Basketball Festival in Georgetown from June 24, two days after the final of the Linden Regional tournament is played.
When the tournament continues next Monday and Wednesday, there will also have three matches played and after that it will be double features, Chapman said.
Beverage giants Banks DIH has also thrown in its support for the LABA Secondary Schools Basketball competition with their Powerade and aqua mist water for the players for which Secretary Chapman said he was grateful as Banks DIH continues to be a strong supporter to their tournaments.
The cooperation given by the Regional Education Office was also a factor to have the tournament played Chapman said as they were quick to give it their blessings.
The Linden Regionals has to be played within a two week period with eight playing days. This begins this afternoon when at 13.00hrs Mackenzie High face Christianburg Wismar Secondary and that will be followed by the Harmony Secondary versus Linden Technical Institute at 14.30hrs with the third game featuring New Silvercity Secondary against Wisburg at 16.00hrs.
Action continues on Monday and Wednesday with more triple headers after which it will be double headers almost every other day, until the tournament final is played the following Friday June 22 at the tournament venue the MSC hard court.
Chapman said it must be encouraging that the MSC Management Committee also saw the need for the championship and made the venue available for the tournament’s duration which signals their commitment to promote sports also among the school children.
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