Basketball City, St. Kitts (TUCOM) — The SKNABA St.Kitts-Nevis 2015 National Basketball League got underway this past Sunday April 12th, at the Basketball City with the opening ceremony and Premier Division Season Openers.
The Opening saw the traditional March Pass which featured some 21 teams from the Junor, “:A” and Premier Divisions, of the 30 plus Teams in the League.
The Inspection of Teams was done by SKNABA President Kenroy Tobias along with Director of Sports Jeffrey Hazel and the Minister of Sports Hon. Shawn K. Richards.
Director Hazel also gave brief remarks on behalf of his Ministry while Vice President OF SKNABA Emma Warner-Paul presented on behalf of the Association. The Ceremony and afternoon’s proceedings was chaired by SKNABA Secretary-General Wallis Wilkin.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Sports Hon. Shawn K. Richards Officially declared the annual tournament opened. In his remarks the newly elected Sports Minister affirmed his government’s commitment to the construction of an indoor multi-sport facility to accommodate Basketball along with Netball and Volleyball.
The SKNABA has been lobbying to no avail to succeeding governments for decades for the development of an Indoor Facility for Basketball.
The Opening Ceremony was immediately followed by two exciting Premier Division Games. Former Champions the SOL Fig Tree Dirt Revellers defeated the multi-time champions Hitters 96-88. Tamboura Caines led Fig Tree with 30 pts while Daryl Lewis led Hitters and all scorers with 34 pts.
In Game two the two defending champions Challengers Exodus defeated former Champions Kittitian Hill St.Pauls Tuff Knots in an overtime thriller.