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Crumpler a doubt for Island Games squad

The Island Games basketball team will have to wait at least another week before learning whether veteran Chris Crumpler will join the squad for this summer's competition.

Crumpler is currently in talks with an overseas club and so cannot yet commit to playing in the biennial Games.

The same can't be said of Bermuda's other foreign-based player, Sullivan Phillips, who has confirmed he will be donning Bermuda's colours in the Isle of Wight, the Island Games hosts.

Crumpler, who was part of the gold medal winning team in 2009 that beat Menorca in overtime, admitted he would dearly love to play in the Games for a third time, although there are opportunities on the table for him to play abroad.

“I'm not sure on what's going to happen in my near future but I will know soon about my options as there are a few things on the table,” said Crumpler.

“I can't really say anything until it's confirmed but something is in line, and hopefully everything works itself out.

“If things work out and I get a chance to play abroad I will think about it, if not the Island Games will certainly be a competition I would consider playing in. I have played in the last few tournaments and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.”

Free agent Phillips, who has been playing in Greece, will be joining up with the squad as they look to win back-to-back championships.

“God willing yes I will be playing in the Games,” said Phillips. “Currently I'm a free agent, but I'm working out and coaching kids waiting for next season to go back over.

“As for fitness and training I'm in great shape..”

Crumpler went as far as saying that regardless of the team that is assembled, Bermuda should be able to repeat 2009s performance and bring the championship back to the Island, before defending it on home soil in 2013.

“Regardless of the team we assemble the goal will be to win the gold medal, we have been in the gold medal game for the past two tournaments now and the expectations won't be lowered if I'm there or not,” he said.

“We have the same coaching staff, same team nucleus so the team won't be altered too much, we know what is needed to be champions and I know it works out for the guys that go.

Crumpler believes the Island Games is an important event for Bermuda athletes with many of the juniors he coaches desperate to win medals for their country and emulate the current crop of national team players.

“The Island Games is important to Bermuda because it keeps the heart of the sport pumping in a sense that the younger guys coming through have something to play for when they get older,” he said. “Some of my high school players are asking me to play for the Island Games side.

“When you look at the guys on the national team we are members of the community that have college education and are family oriented.”

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Published March 31, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated March 31, 2011 at 9:25 am)

Crumpler a doubt for Island Games squad

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