The second half of an already exciting New Providence Women’s Basketball Association (NPWBA) season is set to get underway tonight with two games at the D.W. Davis Gymnasium.
The first game starts at 7 p.m. with the Cheetahs (0-5) taking on the Connectors (2-5). The Foxxie’s Angels (2-3) will battle the Saints (4-1) after the first game.
Deven Johnson, president of NPWBA and head coach of the Saints, said the games tonight will be competitive and will feature the exciting Angels. They are a team of young girls that will give his team a tough battle.
“I know the Angels have been practicing during the Christmas break every other day,” Johnson said. “On the other hand, my team haven’t done anything. I know those young girls are going to run to death but I am going to try my best to try and slow that game down tonight. It is going to be very exciting,”
Leading the way is the Bees Trucking Destroyers with a perfect 6-0 win-loss record.
He expects to see more exciting play in the second half of the season as teams try to make a statement.
“We expect the second half to be more exciting than the first half,” Johnson said. “We have a tremendous amount of young ladies coming up in our league. The Angels are giving everybody the fits. They are high school girls who bring the energy to the league. They are a unified group. They have a lot of fan support with their parents and family. Teams will have to play hard in the second half to make a statement to show that this league is moving forward in terms of growth and development of women’s basketball.”
This is his first year that he and his executive team sit at the helm of the NPWBA and he admitted that the first half started off a little slow but it began to pick up.
“The first half started off a little slow but as it got moving it went well in terms of games and fan support. Moving forward, I see it is going to be a very good league in terms of play and fan support. We are looking forward to having more teams next year.”
Johnson added that each team comes out to play and it is very competitive as teams have to go on the court and battle to win.
“I encourage everyone who enjoys basketball and watching the sport, to come out and watch the Angels team especially,” Johnson said. “Those young girls are going to be the future of basketball in this country whether they play for The Bahamas or abroad in the U.S. They have a tremendous number of young girls who can play basketball. It makes the game very exciting. When you watch those young girls play, you see the growth and development from where they started to where they are now. Those girls are the future of basketball in this country.”
Fans who come out to watch the games will get a chance to win door prizes and surprises such as cell phones and phone cards. Food and drinks will be sold as well.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism