The Total Education Centre will be hosting its first basketball tournament and is expected to start a tradition of competitive basketball action among the various TEC affliates.
During a press conference on Thursday, president of The Bahamas Basketball Federation (BBF) Charles “Softly” Robins announced that the tournament is being held to celebrate the country’s 40th anniversary, as well as to raise funds for the Total Education Centre.
“This tournament will also bring together the family of TEC so that members of the public can get to know what this school is all about,” said Robins. “This is the first of many such tournaments. This tournament will give the public an idea that TEC is not just about academics, but also about training young men socially and physically.”
The tournament will consist of seven schools, all a part of the Total Education Centre family.They include TEC High Rock, Eight Mile Rock, Hawksbill, TEC BORCO and TEC Electrical program (Lewis Yard).
The basketball tournament is set to kick off today and will conclude on Saturday evening, with all games being played at the TEC basketball court.
As a part of the fund-raising activities, there will be a cook-out and a fish fry on the grounds for fans going out to watch the games on both Friday and Saturday.
“We want this to be a family event, so there will be games, hoop-la and other activities for the kids,” said Robins.
Thomas Saunders, Administrator of TEC Eight Mile Rock said that they are looking forward to the tournament this weekend and although there has been lots of hype surrounding the Hawksbill team, he is convinced that the team from Eight Mile Rock can walk away with the championship trophy at the end of the day.
In fact, one of the players from TEC EIght Mile Rock, Henry Rigby already had his photo taken with the MVP trophy, predicting that he will win it when the tournament is over.
“My team will win the overall trophy, but I’m walking away with the MVP trophy,” said Henry.
“Our team is built like the Miami Heat, with a hint of Kevin Durant somewhere in there. and that means no one will be able to stop us.
Not if Steven Burrows from the BORCO Electrical internship team has something to say about it.
Burrows, who has proven that he can play the game is looking to lead his team into victory.
“Actually, I’m expecting us to dominate this tournament,” said Burrows.
“I’m expecting a lot of fans to come out and support this tournament and watch us win this trophy.”
Philip Woodside from TEC in Hawksbill says that he’s expecting a great game from himself and if his team also plays hard, they can walk away with the championship trophy.
Dameko Sawyer, from the BORCO Cadet Program also wants to go home with that MVP award.
“I don’t feel that nobody in this tournament can beat us,” he said.
The tournament will get started on Friday afternoon and around 11 a.m. on Saturday. Yes, “Softly” has confirmed that it will be a BBF sanctioned event.