Pedro holds court
Pedro Wickham walked off with the lion’s share of awards when the Total Sport Kings Of The Court basketball tournament held its presentation ceremony recently at the YMCA.
Although his side, Market Hill, failed to reach the finals, falling to NZ Ballers at the semi-final stage, Wickham’s outstanding performances throughout the tournament saw him walk away with five prizes.
He won the Bernard Pilgrim Award for most points scored in a game, and the Norman Cecil Award for the most outstanding player, along with the League MVP award, Best Defensive and Most Disciplined awards.
Greg Springer, who represented Combined Faith, copped the Kirk Patrick Award for scoring the most points in the competition, while Javon Lashley was named Finals MVP.
Edgecliff Spikes copped the overall title after defeating NZ Ballers in a closely contested final.
And the two finalists are looking forward to another deep tournament run in this edition despite the inclusion of Premier League club Pinelands in an eight-team field.
“We’re looking forward to having First Division players compete in this tournament for the first time because they will instantly raise the talent level and profile of the competition,” said Kingz of the Court director, Junior “Yank” Cummings.
“This is not one of those tournaments that is restrictive on the number of Premier League players or national players that can play on one team because those players will always improve the standard of basketball.”
Two-time champs Combined Faith are expected to return for another run at the title along with hosts Pirates, St Matthias Spurs, Belfield and Checker Hall Braves.
The eight teams will be split into two zones to play in a round robin format, before the top two squads from each group advance to the Total Sport Semi-finals, and then the Mount Gay Final.
The tournament is slated to begin on October 14 at the YMCA. (RB/JM)