PRESS RELEASE) – On December 17th, 2017 The Saint Lucia Basketball Federation (SLBF) hosted its National Youth 3×3 Qualifiers.
Unfortunately, games came to a stop due to torrential rainfalls and as such the qualifiers were concluded yesterday January 21st, 2018 with only 5 games to determine the male winners.
The International Lesser Antilles 3×3 tournament for girls & boys born 2000, 2001 & 2002 (U17) supported by FIBA’s foundation, the International Basketball Foundation (IBF) was slated for May 2018 in Sint Marteen but due to damages sustained during the recently concluded hurricane season; the country is unable to host; as such a new host country is still pending and upon confirmation will be announced. Having completed the National Qualifiers, the SLBF now has a male & female contingent to represent St. Lucia.
As part of the qualification criteria, the SLBF was required to hold a national qualifier under the rules and regulations of FIBA 3×3 Basketball.
The National Qualifier consisted of 12 teams (9 Males & 3 females) which was an improvement from the 2016 qualifiers. The SLBF hopes to see more teens and players involved in the 3×3 movement moving forward.
The females to represent St. Lucia will be Jermiah Evariste, Cleo Jn Baptiste & Faith Chitolie of Perfect Storm having defeated the Trouble Trio team (Aaliyah Estephor, Mia George, Nikaela Khodra & Romia Joseph) 3-0 in the finals. The males to represent St. Lucia will be Jean Pierre Frederick, Garrick George, Kivani Emile & Keon Allen (Light Skins) having defeated the Lucian Avengers (Armani Raymond, Clendon Donai, Kervaughn Donai & Donej Joseph) 9-6 in the finals.
The SLBF would like to thank Dunstan Peters of 767Sportsclub for assisting in putting this event together. Also would like to thank Real Foods, Lucelec, Blue Waters & St. Lucia National Lotteries for their contributions & assistance which enabled the SLBF to successfully host another 3×3 National Qualifiers. Also thanks to the desk officials, referees, slbf loc and parents/ friends/ family who assisted and supported the SLBF and players during this event.