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Spartans crown six Bball champions

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Maloney Pacers Basketball Academy lifts U-16 title
Jael Lewis of Maloney Pacers Basketball Academy and Development Programme goes up for a dunk during the Spartans TT Sports Club “Basketball Fiesta II” at the Jean Pierre Complex in Mucurapo, Port-of-Spain. Lewis was named the Most Valuable Player” after leading his team to the Under-16 title. Photo by:Sean Morrison

Jael Lewis elevated his play to lift Maloney Pacers Basketball Academy and Youth Development Programme to victory in the Boys' Under-16 Division of the Spartans TT Sports Club's Basketball Fiesta II, that unfolded at the Jean Pierre Complex in Mucurapo, over the weekend.

So too did Brianna Charles in getting her Enterprise team the title in the girls U-18 division in an event that saw some 250 athletes, from 13 different clubs, from across T&T, competing in five different age-groups. The others were U-10, U-12 and U-14 (boys and girls).

Lewis, while displaying his talent like the many young basketballers gathered to compete in front of their parents, coaches, well-wishers and basketball fans alike, helped his team take gold ahead of host club Spartans, which picked up silver and the bronze went to Detour Shak Attack.

Lewis was later recognised as the "Most Valuable Player" (MVP) of the division at the awards and closing ceremony.

One of the attendees was president of the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Glyne Clarke, who came in from Barbados on the invitation of athletic director of Spartans TT Garvin Warwick.

"I'm impressed by the level of basketball I have seen here over this weekend. Trinidad has to build on this foundation that is being created by all these clubs represented here. I must acknowledge the vision and execution of this event by Mr Warwick and his team," said Clarke. "I was invited last year but due to conflicting engagements I couldn’t be here, but I’m glad I made it this time around. A job well done to the Spartans TT organisation."

Charles's team finished ahead of Brian Chase Academy and Edinburgh 500 Hawks in the Girls U-18 grouping while in the U-14 division, Vince Bolastig was rightly named the MVP after leading Spartans to the title ahead of Shak Attack and Maloney Pacers, respectively. Winning the girls' category was Brian Chase Basketball Academy.

Warwick was also thrilled by the level of competition displayed by the young athletes.

"I’m impressed by the level of composure these 12 and 14-year-old kids have shown over this weekend. From last year to this year, you have seen the growth and development of these players. Some may say the World Cup Finals was a good one, but if you were witness to the U-14 or the U-16 finals you would have seen greatness," said Warwick.

The other winners on the weekend were Enterprise in the Girls in the co-ed categories included Spartans in the U-12 grouping and Enterprise in the U-10 division.


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