Teams from 15 local schools and colleges are contesting the 23rd United Insurance Senior Basketball Tournament which bounced off today at three venues in St. Michael. Eight teams will contest Division 1, where the Barbados Community College are defending champions, while seven are competing in Division 2 where St. Leonard’s began the defence of their title today at home against Deighton Griffith. In other Division 2 matches, Garrison Secondary were at home to Alexandra and Ellerslie hosted Lester Vaughan. Tomorrow Division 1 champions BCC tackle Foundation in their season opener at BCC, while Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic meet The St. Michael School at Clapham, The Lodge School oppose Queen’s College at Lodge and Combermere meet Harrison College at Waterford.
The annual tournament is being sponsored by United Insurance and organised by the National Sports Council, with support from the Amateur Basketball Association.
During a ceremony at the Wildey Gymnasium last week, the season was officially declared open by Anthony Forde, the representative of sponsors United Insurance, after speeches by organisers and a parade of teams.Forde told players, organisers and supporters of schools’ basketball that United was committed to supporting the youth of Barbados and the company had a rich history of assisting a range of sports and causes.
The United Insurance inter-school basketball tournament has been a nursery for a long list of Barbados national players and coaches expect this year’s competition to again uncover several promising players, hoping to move to the next level.
The annual All-Star clash, which features the top players of the past season in Blue and Yellow teams, was also staged last week to formally open the tournament. Blue went on to win 73-68. (PR)