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Territory-Wide Basketball Tourney Begins Friday


April 2, 2008 — Some of the territory's brightest young hoop stars will hit the hardwood at Charlotte Amalie High School Gym this weekend for the first annual Inter-Island Basketball Tournament, sponsored by the V.I. Department of Housing, Parks and Recreation.
This type of event hasn't been attempted in 25 years, according to John Clenance, head of St. Croix's Ronald Charles Basketball League. But thanks to efforts made by Clenance and Zero Tolerance League President Boyd Todmann, the record can finally be set straight on who plays the best basketball in the territory.
"This is a commitment we've made for the next three years," Clenance said Wednesday during a press conference at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center. "We're not only looking for good competition, but being able to develop, in a holistic way, our athletes."
During the tournament, St. Croix will be represented by the Ronald Charles' nine- to-12 division champions, More Fire, and the Lakers, the league's 13-to-15 division champions. Zero Tolerance League champs Come to Defend and the Hawks will represent St. Thomas in the nine-to-12 and 13-to-15 divisions, respectively.
The purpose of the tournament is to restore good sportsmanship and camaraderie among athletes in the Virgin Islands, according to Housing, Parks and Recreation Commissioner St. Claire Williams, who also said the department is planning to sponsor more inter-island events in the future.
The tournament kicks off Friday at 7 p.m. and runs through Sunday evening.
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