Six high school basketball teams will do battle in the inaugural Kevon Godfrey Memorial Invitational set for December 16.
The one-day event will be played at the Old Harbour High and Old Harbour Church of Christ basketball courts with the latter hosting the semi-finals and final.
Participating teams are placed in two groups of three; teams play each other twice with the top two advancing to the semi-finals.
Start time for the under-16 tournament is 8:30 am with Jamaica College, Old Harbour High and Knox College drawn together in Group 1, while in Group 2 Calabar, Dinthill Technical and Manchester High will compete for top honours at the Church of Christ court.
The tournament organizers have adopted the ‘old school format’ which uses two 14-minute halves and running time, meaning the game clock only stop for free throws and when making an inbound pass.
At the end of tournament, the winner will walk away with the main prize of a trophy, medals and laptop computer
The final is set to get underway at 5:30 pm under lights. Admission is free.
Chief organizer Ricardo Edwards says the tournament will benefit the players in many ways.
“As the name suggest the tournament is in honour of Kevon Godfrey, who was a very talented basketball player but became ill and unfortunately died a few months ago. Kevon was part of the Old Harbour High team that won the National Under-16 title a few years ago. He was only 12 years old at the time,” Edwards told Old Harbour News.
Edwards, the current coach at Old Harbour High, added: “The tournament is another outlet for more basketball to be played. It is also a precursor for the teams who are all in the quarter-finals in their respective zones of the national competition which is on a break now before resuming in January. So it will really prepare the teams when the competition resumes and I am expecting an improvement in the overall quality of play going forward from these teams.”
He said he’s grateful for the support from corporate Old Harbour particularly O-Jay Koolers and Benson’s Pharmacy, but would like to see more businesses come on board and support the initiative which will be an annual event.