President of the Barbados Amateur Basketball Association (BABA) Derek Garrett wants to see more of the island’s secondary schools involved in the annual Massy United Insurance Schools’ Senior Basketball Tournament.
Four schools, namely the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic, The St Michael School, St Leonard’s Boys and Alexandra were noticeably missing from this afternoon’s opening ceremony which took place at theGarfield Sobers Gymnasium, Wildey, St Michael.
“As I look around I am a little disappointed that we only have six schools in each zone and I look forward to the day when we can have all twenty-two or twenty-three secondary schools participating in this tournament,” Garrett said.
He also issued a challenge to the basketball coaches around Barbados including those at the National Sports Council (NSC) who are responsible for organizing the tournament to adopt a school in their community or a school that they went to and added that perhaps more schools would get involved and compete in the annual basketball tournament.
There are 12 schools scheduled to participate this year and among them in division one are defending champions Harrison College, Queen’s College, The Lodge School, Combermere, Christ Church Foundation and Barbados Community College. Division two will see the likes of Ellerslie which is said to have one of the best teams in that division along with Graydon Sealy, Lester Vaughan, Deighton Griffith, Daryll Jordan and Frederick Smith Secondary.
Business manager at Massy United Insurance Company Limited, Sharon Alleyne- Elcock, who declared the tournament open said her company was pleased to continue its support of the tournament which was now 26 years and counting, even though Barbados and the region continued to suffer from tough economic times.
“As a good corporate citizen we are very passionate about supporting worthwhile causes and we would continue to support the development of sport.”After the ceremony there was a skills competition which Graydon Sealy won. The tournament will commence tomorrow with the division one game between defending champions Harrison College who will have home court advantage and Foundation, while the division two will start on Monday with a match between Graydon Sealy and Frederick Smith at Trents, St James.