“Plans for the inaugural Ghetto Roots East Basseterre Basketball League are progressing relatively smoothly.” These were the comments of Wallis Wilkin the Manager of the Ghetto Roots Basketball Club organizers of the East Basseterre Basketball League. The East Basseterre Basketball league has come out of the success of the Ghetto Roots Basketball Club which won the 2009 SKABA Premier Division with a clean sweep of the Rams Hitters. The team’s victory energized the club, the fans and the community and as a result a call was made to start a Community League for the players and people of East Basseterre, in particular Newtown. The 4 week long tournament is expected to begin on Saturday, Feb. 20th and is expected to feature at least 8 teams including 3-4 teams coming from within the Ghetto Roots Organisation featuring players from the Premier, Junior and “A” divisions. Teams confirmed thus far are Bird Rock, Ghaut Bucks, Conaree, Project and Ghetto Youths. The tournament will feature no more than 10 teams. There will be a very attractive cash prize of $1500 for the winner of the tournament in addition to a plethora of individual and 2nd and 3rd place prizes. “The CASH Prize of $1500 is more than what the SKABA Premier division Champs have been taking home for the past 20 years,” said Ghetto Roots Manager Wallis Wilkin. “So I anticipate that teams will certainly be clamouring to take part in the tournament to not only earn bragging rights but also cash,” Wilkin continued. The organizers of the event also stated that games will be played on Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Persons, players and teams interested in participating are asked to contact Tenille Lapsey @664-8322 or Wallis Wilkin @ 662-5152 for further information. Meanwhile, basketball clubs interested in participating in the 2010 St. Kitts Amateur Basketball Association senior, junior and female league championships are asked to take note that registration is now open. Clubs are asked to register at the SKNOC or Olympic office on Taylor ‘s range or with James “Barman” Hanley at the Electricity Department. Registration deadline is set for the Annual General Meeting on Thursday March 25th at the Warner Park Stadium b at 6:00pm. Absolutely NO LATE REGISTRATION will be accepted. Clubs are further reminded that a copy of a birth certificate or passport must be presented for each Junior player in order to complete registration. All necessary registration forms can be accessed through the SKABA website at www.stkittsbasketball.com .
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