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|Fig Tree News Team||Nat'l hoops champs begins tonight
The Commonwealth Championship basketball games set for Abaco
By PERRY SCAVELLA NG Sports Reporter
Five island basketball championship teams will 'duke it out' for the Commonwealth Championship title at the eighth annual Bunny Laverity Basketball Round Robin and National Championships to be held in Dundas Town, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, May 1-3.
Last year the championships were held in West End Grand Bahama, but this year will be the third time that it has been held in Abaco.
Next year it is hoped that the championships would be held in Andros or Exuma but negotiations are still underway between which island would be the host.
Catering to the basketball needs of each island Bahamas Basketball Federation treasurer, Larry Wilson said Wednesday that the federation looked to expose the championship tournament throughout The Bahamas.
"The federation has been trying to move the championship around the Family Islands for the purpose of exposing the islands to this caliber of basketball tournament instead of continuously hosting it in New Providence or in Grand Bahama," he said.
San Salvador is one of the other Family Islands that the tournament has been played on.
Teams competing include Grand Bahama, Exuma, Abaco, Eleuthera, and New Providence. In the championships there will be three divisions which include a men's division 1, and 2 as well as a women's division.
Representing New Providence are the division 1 and 2 champions the Top Shotters Rockets, the Real Deal Shockers and women's champions the Windshield House Giants.
With the championships expected to be played outdoors instead of in an indoor gymnasium, Wilson said the federation had no problems with the games being hosted in an outdoor environment.
"What we have found historically is obviously that a gym would be preferred, but a good outside court is suitable to have the championships," he said. "You do run the risk of having rain or the elements maybe cause some sort of complications with the tournament but as far as the facility and crowd control that is normally pretty organised."
Wilson said the outside court was surrounded by a covered fence as so that nobody would be able to look in during the commencement of the game.
Opening ceremonies are expected to be on Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. and award ceremonies on Saturday evening at 10 p.m.
POSTED THURSDAY MAY 1, 2003
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