Right after the Christmas holidays, over 200 young men will be in action on the court as they show off their skills at the Providence Basketball Club’s 15th Annual Boys High School Basketball Classic. The event is set for Thursday December 27 to Sunday December 30 at the D.W. Davis Gymnasium on Wilton Street.
Organizer of the tournament and Head Coach of the C.I Gibson Rattlers Kevin ‘KJ’ Johnson said this tournament is a great way to keep the young men in shape and be ready for the second half of their high school basketball seasons.
“Teams are guaranteed at least four or five games over the holiday season. It is all about keeping the young men in shape and keeping them sharp for the second half of the season coming up in January,” Johnson said.
Johnson is also using the tournament to give opportunities for the young men to showcase their talents in front of college scouts.
“This is also an opportunity to give them scholarships. We have schools like Jacksonville College, Northeastern Junior College, New Mexico Junior College and Odessa College who are all committed to coming down here and watching these young men for couple days. We are just giving our young men opportunities to get scholarships to further their education. This is what the high school tournament is about,” Johnson said.
There are 20 teams that will be participating in the tournament – four pools of five teams each. There will be schools from the Family Islands, Grand Bahama and New Providence in both the private and public school sector.
Some of the teams traveling to compete are Agape Christian (Abaco), South Andros High (Andros) and St. George’s (Grand Bahama). Representing New Providence will be teams like C.I Gibson, C.C. Sweeting, Doris Johnson, St. Augustine’s College (SAC), Temple Christian, Teleos Christian, Anatol Rodgers and Jordan Prince William just to name a few.
Johnson is asking the public to come out and support the young men. The games will start at 9 a.m. each day and will run until 9 p.m. or a little later.
Well-decorated coach Johnson said that the tournament is wide open this year as there are very strong teams in the field. His team defeated St. George’s in last year’s championship.
“C.I Gibson won last year. We defeated St. George’s who are very talented this year. We are looking forward to good competition this year. It is up in the air because Doris Johnson is pretty good and so is Anatol Rodgers. It is a matter of who comes ready to play and who executes that particular night,” said Johnson.
The championship is set for the Sunday night of the tournament.
Johnson said that his is a good measuring stick for the Hugh Campbell Basketball Classic that is held in February. This tournament will feature some of the teams that will contest the Hugh Campbell Classic.