The Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS) in collaboration with the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA) has finally fixed the date for the 2014/2015 Upcountry Basketball Tournament for Tuesday, March 13 to Friday, March 16, 2015.
The four-day basketball festival would be held at the auditorium of the William V.S. Tubman-Gray United Methodist High School in Gbarnga, Bong County.
Assistant Sports Minister Murvee Gray told the Daily Observer yesterday that the tourney would bring six schools from four counties.
They are Gboveh High School, the William V.S. Tuman-Gray United Methodist High School and the St. Martin Lutheran High School in Bong County. The rest are the Brooker Washington Institute (BWI) in Margibi County; St. Mary’s Catholic School in Nimba County and the Voinjama Multilateral High School in Lofa County.
Minister Gray said the tourney is usually held in November since its re-launch in 2012, but it was decided for March to be considered as a joint festival having been unsuccessful last year November, owing to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
“The reduction of participating schools in this year’s tourney is because of lack of funds,” Ministry Gray said.
Ebola preventive measures would be part of a one-day clinical basketball seminar to be held the weekend to the commencement of the festival, Asst. Minister Gray averred.
It may be recalled that in 2013 Margibi-based Booker Washington Institute (BWI) whipped Ganta United Methodist High School 50-47 to win the reactivated Championship at the William V.S Tubman Gray United Methodist High School Gymnasium in Gbarnga City.
Ganta United Methodist of Nimba County lost the gigantic trophy last year when they suffered similar defeat at the hands of St. Martin High School in 2012.
The competition was initiated in the 1970s to help promote the game among high schools in the central region, which at the time comprised of Bong, Lofa and Nimba Counties.