Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 24th 2015 Contents The Eastern Community Basketball
League (ECBL), a product of the East Zone
Basketball Commission, will make its highly
anticipated return to the forefront of the
sport, on May 14, with the inclusion of
dozens of teams in five divisions.
Maloney Pacers, champion club of the last
tournament held in 2012, will return along
with at least 11 other teams in an expanded
competition in the Men s First Division. Thus
far, 12 teams have also been confirmed for the
Men s Second Division, and another six in
the Women s Division.
Registration is ongoing and will close on
May 1. The fees to register teams are $1,000
for Men s First Division, $700 for Men s Second
Division, $500 for Women s Division and
$400 for the Under-17 Division.
One other division will be included---the
Under-14 Youth Development Programme,
which comprises a camp together with match-
es. Registration for that segment is free of
The Eastern Community Basketball League
is one of the the most participated in and
community oriented basketball leagues in the
In fact, the league and by extension, the
East Zone Commission, contains the highest
number of clubs in any zone in T&T. It rep-
resents the most inclusive basketball compe-
tition in the country, after the Hoop of Life
Basketball League, which is not affiliated with
the local governing body for basketball, the
T&T National Basketball Federation (NBFTT).
The East Zone also boasts of providing
many current and former international bas-
ketballers, particularly in the women s game.
According to the organisers, over 60 schol-
arships have been awarded to players that
participated in the ECBL.
The league, however, continues to be ham-
pered by the burden of outstanding debts
owed to its officials and clubs by the NBFTT,
since the 2012 tournament, according to ECBL
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The T&T Cadet boys team of Luc O Young, Joshua
Maxwell and Derron Douglas combined to give their
team a 2-0 start in their team event at the Cadet and
Junior Caribbean Regional Table-Tennis Champi-
onship, which served off in Santo Domingo, Domini-
can Republic, yesterday.
In their opening clash, the T&T boys blanked Curacao
3-0 and then trounced Curacao by a similar 3-0 margin
to be certain of a place among the top two in the four-
team table and into the semifinals ahead of its group
decider last night with Puerto Rico.
Against Curacao, O Young spanked Ralph Vincent
11-2, 11-5, 11-5 and Maxwell humbled Nasir Ignacio 11-
4, 11-7, 11-6 with Douglas winning by default as their
opponents only had two players on their team.
And in the encounter with St Lucia, O Young beat
Andrew Daniels 11-9, 11-1, 11-5; Maxwell outclassed
Mario St Cyr, 11-9, 11-4, 11-5, and Douglas stopped
Sunil Chtolie 11-9, 11-7, 11-7.
However in the Cadet Girls, the T&T team of Shreya
Maharaj, Chelsea Fong and Shanekah Johnson went
under to Puerto Rico, 0-3.
Lineris Rivera humbled Maharaj 11-4, 11-2, 11-2; Fong
went under to Poala Sanabria 8-11, 2-11, 2-11 and Nicole
Malavie overcame Johnson 11-9, 11-4, 11-3.
The T&T boys also got off to a losing start in the
Junior Team event, 0-3 to the Puerto Ricans.
Puerto Rico got its wins from Sebastien Echevarria,
11-8, 9-11, 14-12, 11-9 over T&T s Arun Roopnarine;
Tomar Gonzales defeated Aaron Wilson 11-7, 11-7, 9-
11, 11-7 and Ivan Vargas scolded Shaquille Mitchell 11-
0, 11-6, 11-8.
In its remaining matches, T&T will face Dominican
Republic A and B teams.
Eastern Basketball League returns on May 14
chairman, Christopher Jackson-Charles, who is also
head coach of the national women s team.
Such unfulfilled financial obligations have prevented
the zone from hosting a league on an annual basis.
The ECBL thus requires the support of sponsors and
continues to call on corporate T&T to support the
development of young basketballers and to allow the
already developed players to showcase their potential.
Yet, despite the issues, Jackson-Charles says he and
the committee are prepared to stage yet another suc-
cessful tournament with the backing of the same clubs
and officials, who have supported the venture for many
Charles added that this year s expanded edition will
incorporate the development of young aspiring players
through its Under-14 Development Programme, as well
as the development of young coaches.
Like past years, the zone has welcomed at least two
"outside" clubs, due to the lack of play in other zones,
including the Tobago and North East Zones.
Clubs interested in registering can contact Jackson-
Charles at 324-7572, Marc Depoosingh at 308-1855 or
Kurt Pierre at 331-2464.
The committee holds meetings every Wednesday
ahead of the competition and encourages clubs interested
in joining the league to attend.
2015 PARTICIPATING TEAMS
Men First Division: Maloney Pacers, Valencia Heat,
Success Village Pythons, Royal Extra Lions, San Juan
Warriors, Maloney Old School, La Horquetta Forces, Red
Hill Youths, Maloney Tigers, Sangre Grande Ruff,
Togetherness, Sangre Grande Young Stars.
Men Second Division: Maloney Pacers YDP, O'Meara
Knights, Arouca Black City, Arima High Voltage, Valencia
Heat, Coast Guard, Prisons, Bon Air New Age Ballers,
Arima Vintage Park Royals, Lions, Red Hill Veterans, Parks
International Acers (Tobago).
Women Division: Maloney Pacers YDP, La Horquetta
Colours, St Augustine Female Family, Success Village
Pythons, Lions, Yorkers Basketball Club, San Fernando
Under-17 Division: Sangre Grande Young Stars,
Togetherness, Maloney Pacers YDP, Valencia Heat, Lions,
Story of Success, Bilah and Rick Singh Basketball Club.
Cadet Boys double-up
in Dominican Republic
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