Minister expects to ‘have 32 teams instead of 24’


By Tenajh Sweeting

IN the final game of the 39th Hugh Campbell Basketball Classic, the Sunland Baptist Academy Stingers defeated the GSSSA champions C.I. Gibson Rattlers.

The Stingers led the entire game and beat the Rattlers 64-52. The 39th edition of the basketball classic was an exciting one after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Mario Bowleg talked about what he enjoyed about the competition.

“I think the competition was very keen with all the pools. I think the pools were balanced and as you can see I think the two better teams later to the finals put on a show and an exciting game for the fans and likes to see,” Bowleg said.

The game between the teams was very fast paced as the Stingers had 15 fast break points and the Rattlers had 17.

Bowleg congratulated both teams and talked about the future of the Hugh Campbell Basketball Classic.

“The tournament is still at a level that we could appreciate and as time goes on with it in its 39th year, again we’ll continue to go back to the days where we would have 32 teams instead of 24,” Bowleg said.

Minister Bowleg expressed the importance of having the Family Island basketball teams involved to make the tournament more exciting. “I expect the tournament to go back to that amount of teams played which also makes it much more competitive which includes much more of the Family Islands being involved and give us that flavour of what it’s like to see basketball at all levels in the country,” Bowleg added.

The Hugh Campbell Basketball Classic was played at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs Gymnasium due to renovations currently taking place over at the A.F. Adderley Gymnasium.

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