Talent exposed during Mini and Junior leagues

by: Buster Laing, Special to The FN

Grand Bahama for many years was considered a basketball powerhouse and according to former national team basketball coach and HOYTES Director Gladstone “Moon” Mcphee it all started with The Summer basketball mini and junior leagues.
“This is where it all started back in the eighties with the mini and junior league play during the summer, where kids played in various communities on the Island moving from The East to West,” said Camp Director Mcphee, who works in the office of the Ministry of Youth and Sports on Grand Bahama.
“At this camp, we accomplished everything we set out to do; we got kids to play as many games as possible.”
For four weeks, young primary and high school basketball players on the verge of a breakout season had the opportunity to hone their skills in an organized and structured environment with officials, scorekeepers and coaches during the HOYTES’ camp.
The League also provided a platform for the players to showcase their skills in hopes of getting their name on their school roster for the upcoming season.
Combine the experience, the inexperience and the superstar hopefuls and the desperate group, there were bound to be some great games and performances during the four-week period.
“The concept is nothing new for me running a basketball camp, it comes naturally for me and this is what the kids needed,” said Mcphee.
With that said, here are the best team and individual performances from the 2013 Ministry of Youth and Sports /HOYTES Summer League that was held at the Jack Hayward Gym and concluded on Thursday with inter-city basketball competition between the teams in Freeport versus their rivals from the West. 


Ages 7-8 Championship
Camp HOYTES (Red) 18, Camp HOYTES (White) 12 
Most Valuable Player: Jarrett Hall 

Ages 9-10 Championship 
Camp HOYTES (White) 10, Camp HOYTES (Red) 4
Most Valuable Player: Gabriel Laing 

Ages 11-12 Championship
Camp HOYTES     27, Camp Eight Mile Rock 21  
Most Valuable Player: Dereck Knowles  

Ages 13-14 Championship 
Camp Pine Dale    39,   Camp Butler   27 
Most Valuable Player: Shyrone Kemp 

Ages 15-16 Championship 
HOYTES    34, Camp Eight Mile Rock 25  
Most Valuable Player: Cadwell Cooper  
Note: Over 225 Campers took part in the closing out ceremonies.

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