PRESS RELEASE – The 2015 National Men’s Basketball League got underway this past Sunday April 12th, at the Beausejour Indoor Facility with the opening ceremony and the season opener in both divisions.
During the Opening Ceremony, Vice President of the St. Lucia Basketball Federation (SLBF) Mr. Jonathan Cox outlined some of the initiatives that the Federation had completed for its 2015 calendar of events, as well as other plans for the year.
Youth development in the sport of basketball continues to be a primary objective and the need for stronger affiliates for the further grow of the sport.
Title sponsors KFC represented by Mrs. Deone Gardener gave some motivational advice to all players, in addition to key addresses by sponsors Lucelec and Bank of St. Lucia represented by Ms. Carmy Joseph and Mr. Omari Frederick respectively.
The Opening Ceremony was wrapped up by President of the SLBF Mr. Leslie Collymore who thanked the sponsors in attendance for their continued commitment and kind contributions to the sport of basketball.
Other sponsors partnering with the St. Lucia Basketball Federation for their 2015 calendar of events are: Caribbean Metals, Delirious Bar and Restaurant, 123 Digital, Advanced Intellectual Methods Inc. (AIM), Trophy Centre, Exelsign, LUCELEC, Bank of St. Lucia and title sponsors KFC.
The tournament’s opener saw the reentrance of BBC in Division 1 facing Police. BBC got past Police with a comfortable 6-point win 56 – 50.
KFC Player of the Game Kurt Raphael led all scorers with 19pts and 8rebs for BBC and Craig Fontelio posted a double-double of 14pts and 13rebs in their win. For Police, Calious Dantes had 18pts and 6rebs in their loss.
Defending champions Courts Jets opened the tournament for the Premier League Division with an 87 – 45 rout of Canaries Moon River in game two of the evening.
A balanced scoring output for Courts Jets saw five (5) players registering double figures. The biological splash brothers of Andre and Troy Louison led the scoring with 22pts and 14pts respectively for Courts Jets.
Larry Shepherd led the scoring for Canaries with 18pts and 10rebs. He shot 9/18FG for a 50% shooting percentage from the field but proved to be too little for Canaries.
Tournament continues this Tuesday April 14th in both Division 1 and Premiere League.
At 7pm in Gros Islet, Maranatha Eagles faces Lions and in Micoud, the visiting Morne Gladiators plays home team Micoud Huslterz also at 7pm.