The highlight of National Sports Month thus far has been the Hall of Fame inductions, but capping off the festivities was a basketball jamboree on the island of Eleuthera. The two-day tournament was held in Lower Bogue, North Eleuthera, November 4 and 5.
Taking part in a junior and senior boys basketball tournament, organized by the ‘Loving Basketball’ organization was a number of teams from Eleuthera as well as the Providence Storm junior and senior boys teams from New Providence.
At the end of the day, it was the Providence Storm teams, coached by Mark Hanna, that came out victorious, winning both divisions. The runner-up in the junior boys division was the Harbour Island All-Age School team, coached by Andrew “Tiny” Johnson, and in the open senior boys division, Central Eleuthera High was the runner-up.
The weekend tournament was staged by the ‘Loving Basketball’ organization in conjunction with the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture and the Eleuthera Basketball Association.
Also taking part in the competition was Preston Albury High School, coached by Lucas Armbrister and North Eleuthera High School coached by former National Basketball Association (NBA) player Dexter Cambridge.
Organizers are extending special thanks to Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Mario Bowleg and his administrative team for their assistance, particularly the Department of Sports, the Eleuthera Basketball Association and its president Dereck Smith and all partners who would have assisted in the staging of the tournament. They are also extending thanks to Member of Parliament (MP) for North Eleuthera Sylvanus Petty and Island Administrator Stephen Wilson.
Lead organizer Ian Bethel said he will be preparing teams to travel to the ‘Bringing Back the Glory’ Boys and Girls Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Basketball Tournament, set for June 2023, in Port Arthur, Texas. He said it is all about getting our young basketball players more opportunities.