Assistant director of Sports at the National Sports Council Mona Alleyne is urging teams participating in the 2013 NSC Co-operators General Insurance Junior Basketball competition to display good sportsmanship.
This as the opening ceremony was held at the Springer Memorial Secondary School on Government Hill, St. Michael this evening. She told members of the 12 participating teams that they were in an advantageous position and they should try to do their best at all times.
“You are young, you have skills that some other young men like you do not have, you have ability that some other young men have but are not here and therefore you want to showcase those skills,” she advised.
She added: “We at the National Sports Council we do not have the funds† and wherewithal to do everything we want…we have to beg for sponsorship- appreciate what is being giving to you today. Value the sponsorship, we want to make it the best competition, play to respect the clothes you are wearing, the schools you are representing and play for the enjoyment.”
The participating schools in the under 16 tournament are: Alleyne School, Christ Church Foundation, Combermere, Deighton Griffith Secondary, Ellerslie Secondary, Frederick Smith Secondary, Graydon Sealy Secondary, Harrison College, The Lodge School, Queen’s College, The Lester Vaughan and The St. Michael School.
An opening game between The Lester Vaughan School and Queen’s College was held today. At half time the teams were neck and neck with Lester Vaughan leading by one point. However the boys from St. Thomas pulled away to defeat QC 43 -34. Top scorer was Lester Vaughan’s #3 Brandon Hope with 15 points, while†#7 Kelvin Marcus scored 11 and #15 Brett Williams 10.
From QC both #9 Kieron Savoury and #12 Nykel Wilson scored 10 points. Savoury also beat out six others to win the first ever slam dunk competition. Games continue Thursday with Graydon Sealy coming up against Alleyne at the Graydon Sealy Secondary School, Frederick Smith versus The St. Michael School at Frederick Smith, Combermere against Ch. Ch. Foundation in Waterford, Harrison College against Deighton Griffith Secondary at Harrison College and The Lodge School come up against Ellerslie on home territory. (KC)