THE National Men’s Basketball Team on Saturday was rewarded for their historic Gold medal performance at the 2018 Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Caribbean Championship.
The members of the team which played undefeated in the tournament received $100,000 each at a simple ceremony held at the recently refurbished Burnham Basketball Court, as a token of appreciation by the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF).
The history-making team comprised Stanton Rose (captain), Shane Webster, Harold Adams, Orland Glasgow, Travis Burnette, Travis Belgrave, Kevon Wiggins, Ray Victor, Anthony Moe, Denzel Devonish, Timothy Thompson, head coach Junior Hercules and assistant coach, Dennis Clarke.
Eighteen-year-old Rose, who was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP), has the distinction of being the youngest player to ever captain Guyana and the first to give the country a title which remained elusive for 37 years. Rose thanked his team and coaches for trusting him with such a mammoth task of leading the national team.
“It was a great opportunity for me to display my skills and to lead the Guyana National team to their first CBC Championship. I want to thank the players, coaches and management for trusting me and it was a pleasure leading you guys and the country to our first national championship and I hope that I can do this once more” he stated.
Meanwhile, Coach Hercules revealed that from the inception the players believed that they could have won the title and played like true champions throughout the tournament.
President of the GABF, Nigel Hinds, said the team played against all odds and came out victorious, making the country proud; “Our guys showed the fight that was needed to make this happen” he stated.
Hinds also thanked the government and other sponsors who ensured the team was able to participate in the tournament. He made special mention of Minister of State Joseph Harmon and Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson, who each donated $1Million towards the team.