The Three Times NatWest Island Games Defending Basketball Champions Bermuda are currently struggling to have their strongest team represent the Country not only at the Games but also at an upcoming Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
The Bermuda National Basketball team are set to play in the Caribbean Basketball Championships, as an Olympic Qualifier and then they will head to Jersey to defend their Title and look for another Gold Medal.
Co-Captain Steven Simons said, “It is difficult at this time as the team is aging and players have so many other commitments and we have youngsters who are abroad in school and to ask people to pay out of pocket to represent the Country is kind of crazy.”
“If we are able to have our strongest team on both trips, we should advance to the next stage of the Olympic Qualifiers and we should win the Gold Medal again, however we know what some of the players are up against,” continued Simons.
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Bermuda Drawn in CBC Group B
Bermuda Coach Roderick Spencer
The Bermuda National Basketball team has been drawn in the Men’s Group B for the Caribbean Basketball Championships.
Bermuda has been drawn alongside Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Guyana and Suriname.
Bermuda will take on the Bahamas in their opening match on June 15th, on June 17th Bermuda will next face Guyana.
Bermuda will next face off against Suriname on June 18th before closing out the Group Stages with a game against Antigua & Barbuda on June 19th.
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Countdown to CBC Championships Continue
The newly designed CBC Championship Trophy and Medals have arrived. In January 2015, the Executive Committee of the CBC decided to create a unique trophy cup for the CBC Championships which will bear the name “Caribbean Cup.”
CBC's Vice President of Finance and Marketing, Mr. Patrick Haynes from Georgetown, Guyana, designed the trophy for the 2015 CBC Senior Championships for Men and Women. The CBC Caribbean Cup will be presented to the Caribbean Men and Women Champions for the first time following the Finals on June 12th for Women and June 21st for Men in Tortola, British Virgin Islands.
The newly adopted Medal design was created Patrick Haynes from Guyana. The new CBC Medals will be the Olympic style format with the CBC logo in the center and the text "XXIII CBC CHAMPIONSHIP FOR MEN" at the top and the host country and year at the bottom "TORTOLA 2015." The medals are 76.2 mm in diameter and 4.0 mm in thickness.
Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded to the top three (3) teams in the Men and Women Championships.
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Phillips Inducted into Hall of Fame
On a memory filled evening, Bermuda’s Sullivan Phillips was Inducted into the Prievidza Basketball Club Hall of Fame.
Phillips said, “I am so honored and have so much respect for club. I wish nothing but the best to fans and players.”
Phillips’ was the 2012 MVP after helping Prievidza to the Slovakian League Title.
Amazing night with unbelievable people, never forget this wonderful little town.
Sunday, April 19, 2015
CBC & Island Games Training Squads Announced
The Bermuda Basketball Association have named two squads for upcoming competitions. Bermuda have entered teams for the Caribbean Basketball Championships and the Island Games.
The Bermuda Women’s Basketball team will not be going to Caribbean Basketball Championships (which they have never participated in) and have withdrawn from the Island Games.
The final 12 for Island Games will be selected on May 21st, while the Caribbean Basketball Championships final roster will be confirmed at a later date.
Caribbean Basketball Championships 17 Players
Roderick Spencer (Head Coach) Gavin MacKenzie (Assistant Coach) Rickey Watts (Manager) Sullivan Phillips John Lee Steven Simons Jaren Haley Kevin Stephens Jonathan Lowe Jason Lowe Jahvon Jones Yusef Riley Jason Simons Damon Saunders Husayn Symonds Vernon Lamb III Jamie Cedenio Shannon Thompson Jordan Travor Knight Chris Crumpler
Island Games 16 players
Gavin MacKenzie (Head Coach) Tim Trott (Assistant Coach) Carl MacKenzie (Assistant Coach) Rickey Watts (Manager) Sullivan Phillips John Lee Steven Simons Kevin Stephens Jonathan Lowe Jason Lowe Jahvon Jones Yusef Riley Jason Simons Damon Saunders Husayn Symonds Jamie Cedenio Kieron Burgess Jordan Travor Knight Chris Crumpler Dave Middleton