HOYTES Labour Day Tourney scheduled for this weekend

15-16 CHAMPIONS —HOYTES’ 15-16 boys team reigned as champions of the division at the conclusion of the 2018 HOYTES Labour Day Basketball Tournament. Will they successfully defend their crown this coming weekend, June 6-8 at the St. George’s Gymnasium? Or will a new champion emerge?  (PHOTO: SHAYNE STUBBS)

The 2019 HOYTES Labour Day Basketball Tournament returns this coming weekend, June 6-8. 

At the St. George’s Gymnasium, Grand Bahama will once again play host to one of the most storied youth basketball tournaments in the country. With a new tournament director in place, Oswald “Ossie” Simmons, the event is still expected to be just as competitive as in recent memory. 

The tournament will feature boys and girls teams in the 9-10, 11-12, 13-14 and 15-16 divisions.

“So far we have about 24 teams lined up,” HOYTES Founder Gladstone “Moon” McPhee shared with this daily on Monday.

“We have teams coming out of Nassau, Grand Cay, Abaco, Marsh Harbour Abaco. We have Power One coming out of Nassau. Coach Wade Adderley who was in Abaco but is now back with the Bearcats, will be coming out of Lyford Cay. They will be bringing an 11-12 team. Grand Cay will have teams in the 11-12, 13-14, boys and girls, as well as 15-16. Bimini, this time, due to some circumstances, will only be coming with one team in the 15-16 boys division. And, we’ll have a lot of teams representing Grand Bahama,” added McPhee.

Usually, the tournament ensures that each team is given three games before being eliminated. However, with the use of one gymnasium this year, the organizers elected to make the tournament double-elimination styled. 

“The tournament will be of a double-elimination format. We expect to have a good and very competitive tournament. Using two gyms (St. George’s and Jack Hayward) last year was an experiment, but it did not take off the way we wanted it to. So we’re back to using just one gym and there will be a lot of games played.

“We’re sad to note that Showtime out of Nassau won’t be here this year, but we still expect to have a great tournament.”

As it relates to transportation and accommodations for the visiting teams, McPhee stated that everything is lined up and ready to go for the incoming teams. 

“This year’s list of sponsors is not too big but we had Equinor (formerly Statoil) come on board, and we thank them greatly for their assistance. We appreciate greatly also, the reliables, FOCOL and the Grand Bahama Sports Promotion Association,” he concluded. 

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