The men of the Warrens Sports Club (WSC) basketball team, after trying for over ten years, have finally sealed the deal and won their first championship
by defeating defending champions Lakers in the Barbados Amateur Basketball Association’s showpiece final at the Wildey Gymnasium on Tuesday night.
Conversely, in the women’s final, Clapham Bulls defended their championship title by defeating Station Hill Cavaliers to walk away with the glory.
Coach of the Bulls, Barry Rock, shared his views on his team’s success while Peter Alleyne, WSC’s most valuable player of the final, spoke on his team’s behalf.
Alleyne told Barbados TODAY that winning the finals was a great victory for WSC especially since they had always come up empty-handed over the past ten years.
He said the finals had been particularly tough primarily because Lakers were a very good team but his unit proved to be better on the night of the final.
“After getting beat by Lakers in two semi-final games before, we finally won where it matters most and that was in this year’s final,” he said.
The MVP said he and his brother, coach Ianthum Alleyne, did not always see eye to eye on game strategy but noted his older sibling did a good job with the team after taking up the position as senior coach three years ago.
The veteran player said it was time to take off his boots and call it quits after playing the game for so many years.
“I have been playing basketball for 20 years-plus and there are some youngsters who are coming up that I would like to pass on my knowledge to, so I will be on the bench next year but not in uniform,” Alleyne said. Alleyne also mentioned that he had just finished a comprehensive business plan in four disciplines which included basketball, netball, athletics and volleyball and he would like to get it started by 2013. He added that he would be looking for private entities to sponsor the plan.
He said his team would be looking to continue their great success next season and praised president of the Basketball Association, Derrick Garrett, for doing a reasonably job in tough economic times. He also encouraged more sponsors to get on board and sponsor the teams because sponsorship was crucial in any competition or to run a club.
Alleyne also offered his appreciation to all the fans for coming out and supporting WSC.
Rock commended the Bulls’ ladies for a great job in the competition and accomplishing the double. He said it was a
tough final against the Station Hill women, who were their main rivals throughout the tournament.
Rock said they pulled things back in the third quarter of the game when his players stepped up their game and did a fantastic job. He also stated that the win was due to a great team effort despite the fact a few of the players were exceptional.
There were eight teams in the competition and, according to Rock, the women needed to do a lot more work. He said though his Bulls team won the tournament and possessed some of the best players, there was still room for improvement.
“Also I think the coaching needs to be improved in general and I encourage the Basketball Association to pay more attention to the females in basketball,” Rock said.