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Thanksgiving tourney set to go

Organizers of the Primary Youth Community Basketball Program are contemplating on whether or not they should expand the annual event, now that an increase in the number of female teams wanting to compete is taking place.

The one-day tournament caters to boys and girls from both the private and public school sector, and tips off on Saturday, November 26. The St. Cecilia’s Strikers are not sure if they will be there to defend their title, in the boys’ division, but organizer Wayde Watson said more teams are pouring in. This is the 11th year for the tournament which will get underway at 9 a.m. The venue is yet to be confirmed.

“I am not surprised about the number of teams that have expressed interest so far,” said Watson. “The first 10 teams that register are the ones we are going to take. I am not sure if the St. Cecilia’s Strikers are going to be competing, but we have teams who have registered. We are looking forward to having a good time.

“Once confirmation is received, we will look at having pool play, where every team plays each other once. The top two teams with the best record will play for the tournament championship, so there won’t be any pool championships, since it is a one-day tournament.”

According to Watson about six boys and girls teams have confirmed participation. He also noted that the team from Harbour Island will be in town. Watson is the head coach of both Cybots basketball teams. The two squads have teamed up to treat the residents of the Ranfurly Home for Children to a Thanksgiving Day dinner. Along with the dinner, each member was asked to donate two can goods and other items. The meals will be prepared on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24, at the Mackey Street location. Watson is hoping to make ‘the time of sharing’ an annual event.

He said: “This year, even though things are a little tough, we were able to garner some sponsors. It was a blessing from the Almighty that we were able to, so we decided that we needed to give back. This is our new program. We call it Cybots Shares. We plan to do this at least once a year. This year we will do Thanksgiving, and next year we will probably do Christmas.

“We expect to have all the executives, coaches, teams and even some of the sponsors come and assist in this community project. We have a good menu – ham, turkey, peas n’ rice or white rice, corn, candy yams and a variety of drinks. We received a lot so we plan to give back a lot.”

Both Cybots teams are getting ready to start the regular season in the New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA) and the New Providence Women’s Basketball Association (NPWBA) respectively. The NPBA will start this weekend and the women’s league will start the following weekend.

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