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Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Island Basketball League Round Up

The CellularOne Island Basketball League tipped off inside the Somersfield Academy Gymnasium with a Men’s Double-Header.

In the opener the Hoop Stars took on the Court Kings and then the Rim Rockers took on the Twisters, with a total of 163 points scored on the night.

The Hoop Stars built an early lead and managed to hold off the Court Kings 49 – 41. Junior Warner was the top scorer for the Hoop Stars with 18 points, while Michael Paynter scored a game high 19 points for the Court Kings.

The second game came down to free throws, with the Twisters winning 37 – 36 over the Rim Rockers. Kevin Stevens scored a game high 12 points to lead the Twisters to victory, while Jamie Cedenio scored 7 points for the Rim Rockers.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
BBA President Attends World Basketball Congress

A total of 118 National Federations including Bermuda recently attended the 20th World Congress and underlined the need to ensure all of World Basketball's stakeholders are on the same page to face the future united.

Current President of the Bermuda Basketball Association Greg Todd represented Bermuda at the Congress.

Before the attention turned to the main priorities for the 2014-2019 cycle, outgoing FIBA President Yvan Mainini reflected on all the work carried out by FIBA under his leadership during the past term of office (2010-2014). In particular he highlighted the fact that excellent progress has been made with regards to the four strategic pillars FIBA has embarked on in 2010: the completion of the House of Basketball became a reality in the spring of 2013, the implementation of a new calendar and system of competition comes into effect in 2017, 3x3 has grown across the globe since the inaugural 2010 Youth Olympic Games with its very own, dedicated competition network; and substantial changes were brought to FIBA's Governance at the Extraordinary World Congress in Istanbul back in March 2014.

Mainini emphasized the decision taken in Turkey, "A few months ago, the Extraordinary World Congress in Istanbul resulted in a landmark change in the culture of our association, comparable in terms of impact with that of the famous agreement between Borislav Stankovic and David Stern that opened the path for professional NBA players to compete at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. FIBA will continue with its structural consolidation, but our principle assets will always be a solid base and growing popularity. Our main strength consists in having 214 National Basketball Federations spread throughout the world."

The National Member Federations fully used of the new and extended powers granted to them following the Extraordinary World Congress to elect members of the Central Board for the 2014-2019 term of office. Horacio Muratore (Argentina) was elected by acclamation to succeed Mainini as new FIBA President, with Ingo Weiss (Germany) taking over the role of Treasurer. Along with FIBA Secretary General and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member Patrick Baumann, they were joined by 12 other elected members. Elections were held for the first time via an electronic system.

The World Congress also adopted further changes to the FIBA General Statutes in order to strengthen the organization in view of future challenges and strategic growth opportunities.

Baumann cast his eyes toward the future, with two major goals in mind.

The first is to have one, united FIBA and to grow the game beyond the traditional basketball countries.

He said: "Within the spirit of building a united world basketball family, a particular attention will be given over the next years to domestic and international leagues ensuring that they operate under the umbrella of FIBA and that of its member federations and fully participate in FIBA’ decision making processes. The inclusion, for the first time, of the NBA in the FIBA Central Board is a strong signal for these new times and for FIBA’s move towards an inclusive and participative management model as approved at the Extraordinary Congress in March 2014. We share the same growth ambitions for the sport and for the Basketball World Cup. Similarly, other leagues and clubs should participate in our regional bodies alongside our member national federations. They deserve particular care, so that we can help them to fulfill their responsibilities and objectives within the larger picture of growing the game worldwide. Only together, the sport can grow."
Saturday, October 04, 2014
Bermuda Heading to Guyana in March

The Bermuda Basketball Association has sent an acceptance letter to the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) confirming their participation in three exhibition games against the Guyana National Team in March of 2015.

The games will be held at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall and will give the Guyana National Team a warm up heading into the 2015 Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championships scheduled for July of next year in the British Virgin Islands (BVI).

The last time Guyana played Bermuda was at the 2011 CBC Championships in Bahamas where Bermuda won 68-58.

Bermuda placed fifth at the Championships while Guyana placed seventh.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Wolfpack Brings Professional Basketball Training to Bermuda

Coaches Charles Peters and Chris Crumpler, announced that Wolfpack Hoops has come to an exclusive agreement with Pro Shot Shooting System to introduce professional level shooting techniques to Bermuda.

Pro Shot has instructed over 20,000 players in the US and Canada on the Pro Shot System in 2014. Matt Williamson Associate Director of Pro Shot and Elite Training Coach will be coming to Bermuda on December 6th for a one-day shooting clinic with Bermuda’s Basketball Community.

“The Pro Shot Shooting System is an advanced shooting program based on biomechanics and mental focus. The System is currently being employed by thousands of professional, collegiate and high school players and hundreds of AAU, high school and collegiate team,” said Coach Peters

“Matt Williamson has instructed thousands of players at all levels in the art of shooting using the Pro Shot System. Williamson is a certified professional trainer and strength and conditioning coach, and has a great knack for breaking down the game and it’s skills into the simplest components.”

Williamson has collegiate playing experience on the Division II level and coaching experience on the high school, AAU, and Division I level. He has learned from and worked with many great coaches throughout his time as both a player and a coach.

The Wolfpack Elite Programme has adopted the Pro Shot System as its method of shot training. Look for the Pro Shot Series at the Wolfpack Elite Academy this Fall. Elite Programme members will get exclusive access to Williamson.

For more information about the event contact Coach Peters at charles@wolfpackhoops.com

For more information about Pro Shot, visit their website:

Thursday, September 04, 2014
Hurricanes on Recruitment Drive for 2014/15 Season

Team Hurricane Basketball Academy, registered charity #959, is pleased to announce that it is set to begin its 2014-2015 season. Team Hurricane encourages all interested student-athletes and their parents to come out to basketball training this Saturday, September 6, at Warwick Academy from 3pm to 5pm.

Team Hurricane Founder and Head Coach, Doug Reed, is excited about what the upcoming year has to offer. “Coach Kent Tacklyn and I are excited to continue the Team Hurricane mission of providing a platform in which student-athletes can train, develop and reach their academic and athletic potential.

“Team Hurricane Basketball Academy experienced great growth and success in its inaugural 2013-2014 season and we want to continue that trend this season. We went from four student-athletes at the outset to over twenty student-athletes participating in the program during the course of the year. Team Hurricane was able to participate in the Thanksgiving Classic 2013, Summer Jam Showcase (2014), Syracuse University Basketball Camp (2014), the Bermuda College Summer League and of course…our year-long weekly training. We were also able to provide private basketball training sessions as well as guidance and support in the prep school/college application process and college recruiting.”

Team Hurricane wants to share with prospective student-athletes and their parents that the program’s team-oriented style of elite training will be beneficial for those who participate. Coach Reed cites, “On the court, our student-athletes benefit through disciplined and unselfish team play. Off the court, our players benefit by being recognized as tough-minded, competitive gentleman and ladies of character and class.“

Of equal importance Coach Reed says, “We continue to model this program as a grassroots effort which seeks to build young people of integrity. We remain committed to doing this at NO CHARGE to our players and their families.”

Current and future players of the Team Hurricane program should look forward to another great season of continued year round training as well as a return to Syracuse University Basketball Camp, not to mention college exposure events for its senior players and the launch of a tutoring program. Boys and girls age 13 – 21 are encouraged to come out to Team Hurricane Basketball Academy’s first training session of the season, this Saturday, September 6 at Warwick Academy, 3pm – 5pm. New player recruitment will continue throughout September as prospective student-athletes will be able to come out and take part in the Team Hurricane Experience each Saturday. For further information about the upcoming season, please contact Coach Doug Reed at hurricanehoops@outlook.com.
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