BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - PRESIDENT of the St. Kitts-Nevis Amateur Basketball Association, Glen Jeffers has signalled that more work needs to be done with juniors engaged in the sport discipline in the Federation.
Jeffers was at the time a guest on a recent edition of WINN FM’s ‘Inside Edge’ programme.
In providing a progress report on the various leagues in the Federation, he explained that the junior league, which wrapped up in April, was a success as there were more teams competing in the 2019 season.
Jeffers also explained that that season had provided more players the opportunity to gain exposure but more work needs to be done.
“We know it was a long season for them and they would have learnt quiet a lot and get a lot of playing experience, but we do have some work to do as it relates to our fundamentals and improving the rest of the game.
President Jeffers further explained that “it being a youth year and enjoy the fact that we were able to have the youths play two rounds of basketball”, it had offered the Association “a more detailed look at our talent ID and see how we can improve the play of these individuals”.
Public Relations Officer of the SKNABA, James ‘Barman’ Hanley noted that in the Junior Division, two rounds of games were played and at the end of it RAMS Hitters and Jay Hawks were tied on points.
But by virtue of Jay Hawks defeating the Hitters, they took the top seed in the Playoffs.
“Jay Hawks ended with 32 points, Hitters 32, Bird Rock 26, Runners 24, Inner City Phoenix 22, Exodus 18 and Fruta 13…All in all it was a pretty good Playoff,” Hanley noted.
He reminded that it was a competitive series as Hitters took the first game before the defending champion took the second game to level the series one-all.
Hitters however edged Hawks to lift the title in the deciding third game.
“It was a good season and we have to give thanks and praise to the youngsters who came out and played hard every night. One of the things the Association wanted to ensure is that they did not go way down into the exam,” Hanley said.