Law enforcers get their game on
Eight law enforcement units will compete this year in the Law Enforcement Basketball Classic, which was formerly known as the Caribbean Law Enforcement Basketball Classic.
The Royal Bahamas Police and Defence Forces will play against squads from Bermuda, Dominica, Trinidad and Tobago(police and defense units), Jamaica(defense), and Toronto AAA Defence Force. A team from Miami was expected to compete, but pulled out due to injuries. The event will be heldFebruary 7-13. All games will be played at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs Gymnasium. The tournament’s name was changed to encourage more teams from around the region, Canada and the United States to compete. So far the response, since changing the tournament’s name has been great, said Paul Smith, organizer.
He said: ”This is the same tournament, nothing has changed but the name of the tournament. We only changed the name because we wanted to attract more teams. We wanted teams from Canada and the United States to compete, so we changed it from the Caribbean Law Enforcement to the Law Enforcement. We have seen success since changing the name.
“We now have teams from Canada competing. Three teams from Miami were supposed to come down and play but they cannot make it anymore, due to injuries so they pulled out until next year.”
The first tournament was held last year March with only teams from The Bahamas and Jamaica competing. Like last year all proceeds from the event will be shared among students from eight schools in the capital. These schools include HO Nash, SC McPherson, Anatol Rodgers, AF Adderley, TA Thompson, DW Davis, CC Sweeting and LW Young.
The week-long activities includes a courtesy call on Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes, a luncheon with Peter Nygard and the various law enforcement commissioners. The tournament will be played under the FIBA rules and regulations. The championship game will be held on Saturday. Tip-off is 8 p.m. The Royal Bahamas Police Force Band will perform on the opening night and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Band will close it out.