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Thursday 21st February 2013

(Above: Champions Big Banana Express)

Excitement prevailed at the Multipurpose Cultural Center during the Sandals Foundation Rockersville Grays Green Basketball League Banquet on Monday. Coordinators Bobby Joseph and Jasmin Underwood Joseph pulled out all the stops and paid homage to the stars of the league. “We truly appreciate that the Sandals Foundation has shown their commitment and support to the league because it has enabled us to have a high level of professionalism coupled with high caliber players who represent several communities across the nation,” said an elated Mrs. Underwood Joseph.

Special invited guests included the Honourable Minister of Finance Harold Lovell, Deputy Director of Sports Evans Jones and Sandals Foundation Representatives Anne Harewood George and Gerald Christ. In her remarks, Sandals Foundation Spokesperson Harewood George said, “We have been involved in this league for three consecutive years because it is community driven and it helps to foster comraderie and leadership at a time when there is a critical need for male role models to mentor youth in their communities.” 

For the individual awards, Kareem Edwards from Big Banana Express was named league MVP and he was also given an award for having the most blocked shots. Rockersville’s Kevin Francis copped Playoff MVP honours while Devon Benjamin of ABBA Future Stars was named the Rookie of the Season. Terry Roberts of Roots was deemed the Most Disciplined Player and also received an award for having the most steals. Former League MVP Vivian ‘Boast’ Destin had the most assists and Ahkimo’s Keroy ‘Dragon’ Lee had a league leading 98 rebounds.  Russel Daley of the JSC HAWKS was honoured for having the most points. League Champions Big Banana Express were thrilled when their coach Jason Jacobs won the Outstanding Coach Award. Rockersville were crowned Playoff Champions and Ahkimo won the Knockout competition. The knockout winners received $1000 while the Playoff Champions and League Champions received $3000 and $1250 respectively. Playoff runners up Big Banana Express received $1500.

This year, there were fourteen teams and more than 100 participants in the league, which is patronized by the Honourable Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer and the Honourable Minister of Finance Harold Lovell. Sponsors included Cool and Smooth, Alton’s Bakery, Kennedy’s Enterprises, Island Routes, Adventure Antigua, Grand Pineapple Beach Resort and Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa.

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