In preparation for the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championships, set for Suriname from June 15-30, 2018, the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) has shortlisted female and male players for participation in the flagship basketball event for the Caribbean Region.
On the female side, the Federation is focusing on the development of young players and using their participation in the Basketball Championships as an opportunity for exposure to basketball competition at the highest level in the Region.
The women’s squad has one overseas-based player – Mariam McKenzie and the following Guyana-based players, namely: Kennesha Leacock, Tandika Bouyea, Annalisa Barclay, Jade Mohan, Saffiya Greene, Jenelle Belle, Lydya Roberts, Kelian Sauers, Roshelle Campbell, Makeida Rogers, Caron Bobb-Semple, Jahrier Young, Nia Wilson, Sonia Rodney, Ginelle Ifill, Cliffanna Hunter, Aypdele Roache, Jamacia Blair, Ashley Khan, Ruth Sanmogan, Demelza Nicholas, Kesann Charles, Shania Sears, Tamara Hunter and Annaliza Barker.
The Guyanese men squad will include a number of overseas-based players, led by Gordon James: Shawn James, Delroy James, Anthony Moe, Ray Victor, Kevin Mickle, Kevon Wiggins, Richard Mohandatt, Nikon McGregor and Juon Nicholson. The Guyana-based basketball stars being called for trials are: Shaine Webster, Timothy Thompson, Shelroy Thomas, Stanton Rose, Harold Adams, Orlando Glasgow, Terron Welch, Chris Williams, Travis Burnett, Dominique Vincente, Nathan Saul, Dave Causeway, Travis Belgrave, Akeem Crandon, Nikkoloi Smith, Domair Gladstone and Curt English. Other overseas-based players are under consideration.
Daily practice sessions for the women squad commence on Sunday, June 20, 2018 from 19:00h and for the men squad, daily training starts on Sunday, June 27, 2018 from 20:00h; all training sessions will be held at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
Departure date for the women’s team is June 15, with game dates June 17-21, and return date June 22. For the men, departure date is June 22, with game dates June 24-30, and return date July 1.
The Guyanese women are in Group B, with Suriname, Barbados, and the Dominican Republic. While Group A includes: The Bahamas, Cuba, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.
The Guyanese men are in Group A, with Suriname, St Lucia, Grenada, St Vincent and the Grenadines; while Group B comprises Barbados, Bermuda, Antigua and Barbuda, Haiti and Montserrat.
Guyana is investing heavily in the CBC Championship, with the expectation that the Guyana Men Team will win the Male Championship for the first time; and the GABF is confident that we will succeed in this venture. The Guyanese women won the CBC in Trinidad in 1996.
The coaching and management panel for the women team includes Lugard Mohan, Ann Gordon and Troy Greene; while the coaching and management panel for the men will comprise Willon Cameron, Junior Hercules, Kenny Avent and Jim Carr, Assistant Coach at the University of Rhode Island. Jonas Anastal is the Physical Conditioner and Physiotherapist for both teams.