Coaches Summer Basketball League tips off today
The second season of the basketball Coaches Summer League tips off today with the corporate area leg at Calabar High School with an opening ceremony and the playing of five matches.
The day's proceedings begin with 12 teams down to participate in the dress parade and opening ceremony which is scheduled to run from 11- 11.45 a.m.
The Under-16 league which is in its second year, started with eight teams in the southern conference last year. It has now grown to 24 teams, island wide, including six each from the western and central conferences.
After the opening formalities, Cougars will take on Blares in the opening game at noon. At 1.30 p.m. Eagles face Giants, Mix Up take on Suns at 3 p.m. and Read oppose Griffins in the final match starting at 4.30 p.m.
Calabar's coach Ludlow Barker and former Calabar player Michael Williams are the brainchild behind this project, which is an Under-16 basketball tournament created to assist the development of basketball at the youth level, and to provide another avenue for young talent to earn scholarships to high schools and colleges in the United States.
Following the success of the inaugural staging, project co-ordinator Barker expects a bigger and better tournament this summer.
"Last year it improved the game at that age group. Some of them got scholarships overseas. So we are trying to build the game from the ground up. We have them training two and three times a week. We therefore have them playing basketball right through the summer," he said.
The league ends on July 30. The champions of the respective conferences (southern will be divided into two zones), will face-off in a grand finale on September 3.
"We continue to build and every day we get more persons involved and we keep trying to make it better as we go along," Barker added.