PJS are the new Basketball Champs on Nevis
ZIZ News…Nov 28 2011 – The second match in the best of three finals in the Malcolm Guishard Basketball league was played on the evening of Saturday 26th November at the Church Ground basketball court. In front of easily the largest crowd of the entire league, Cherry Gardens PJ’s engaged the Gingerland Ghetto Starz.
It was obvious from the outset that the PJ’s were determined to make this one the final match of the series while Ghetto Starz on the other hand, intended to return the following night.
The scores remained fairly even right into the final moments of the final quarter with both teams taking minor leads up to that point.
The players were urged on by their vociferous supporters from all around the court and in the crucial final moments of the game, each point was greeted with shouts of “Gie dem a Dougie’ or ‘Money in the bank’!
When it mattered most, the PJ’s team members held their nerves and the Ghetto Starz team failed to sink a few critical shots from the free throw line.
When the final whistle was blown by the Kittitian Referee in charge of the game, it was the PJ’s team and fans who went into wild celebrations. The final score line: PJ’s 63 to Ghetto Starz 55
Immediately following this match, the closing ceremony was held. The proceedings were chaired by Chief Organizer, Wanda Parry who after a brief word of prayer, asked main Sponsor Hon. Mark Brantley to address the gathering. Mr. Brantley in his remarks congratulated all of the teams for making it such a competitive league and was warm in praise for the PJ”s team in dethroning the champions of many years, the CG Rebels. He promised that once he was alive and well, the sponsorship of the league will continue next year.
The Hon Hensley Daniel, Minister of Sports, then addressed the gathering. He thanked Mr. Brantley for his sponsorship of the league and vowed his Government’s fullest support of the game of Basketball in its forward thrust of people development.
He singled out chief organizer of the league, Wanda Parry for special praise and she received a tremendous round of applause from the persons present.
Both Mr. Brantley and Mr. Daniel then assisted in the presentation of trophies, medals and monetary prizes to the top achievers.