Illegal connections powering night games

March 23, 2017
A National Basketball League match hosted at the Edgewater Community Centre Basketball Court. Edgewater uses a token system to power its floodlights.

INNER-CITY basketball has been lighting up an almost bleak local game with Majesty Gardens ('Back To'), Selassie Gardens (Payne Land) and Arnett Gardens (Jungle') hosting jam-packed night matches in the Southern Conference - powered by electricity illegally abstracted from the national grid.

Whereas the south St Andrew teams have been flouting the law, other courts located in Edgewater, Portmore, and Pembroke Hall use a token system to power their floodlights.

While acknowledging the breach, a source close to the Majesty Gardens basketball team said plans are being made to get the court regularised.

The source pointed out that application has been made to the Jamaica Public Service for legal lights. A response is being awaited from the power company.

The Southern Conference basketball league, played among teams in Kingston, St Andrew and St Catherine, is one of the most popular competitions in the island.

The Arnett Gardens and Majesty Gardens courts, in particular, are jam-packed each week whenever double-header matches are played at nights.

This competition has been keeping the sport alive in the Corporate Area and St Catherine in the absence of the National Basketball League.

The league has also provided income for residents of inner-city communities, who converge on venues to sell food and refreshments.

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