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Elite City draft set for Saturday

CellOne Elite City Basketball League officials have confirmed the date for the 2013 draft.

The event will take place on Saturday in the upper meeting room at the Robin Hood Pub and Restaurant, Bermuda Basketball Association (BBA) have announced.

Only BBA officials, sponsors, coaches and the media will be allowed to attend the draft which starts at 7:30pm.

The draft was implemented to ensure that talent is spread around the league and not just concentrated at the top-end clubs.

“We had a period, as far as the top teams were concerned, were all of the good talent just wanted to go to the teams that were perennially either contending as winners or winners so that would leave other teams struggling without the benefit of playing without some of the top players in the Island,” said BBA vice-president Cecil Hendrickson. “The games weren’t competitive as often unless the better teams were playing so it wouldn’t be very fan friendly and no one likes to sit up and watch a blowout.”

Last weekend saw league officials stage open trials at Somersfield Academy for those seeking to play in this year’s CellOne Elite City Basketball League.

Anyone interested in playing in the league during the upcoming season who may have missed Saturday’s final open trials have been urged to e-mail their intentions to be included in the draft to ECL@bermudabasketball.org.

Young Men’s Social Club Bluebirds are the two-time defending league champions who will be gunning for a third title this year.

All league matches are to be held at Somersfield Academy during the upcoming season which gets underway May 4, league officials have now confirmed.

This year has seen CellOne come on board as title sponsors for the Elite City League which boasts some of the best talent the Island has to offer.

“CellOne and the Bermuda Basketball Association have had a really strong and solid relationship as far as funding and them being behind, not just this particular product, but our other league (Premier Basketball League) which happens in the Fall now,” Hendrickson said.

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Published April 25, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated April 24, 2013 at 6:18 pm)

Elite City draft set for Saturday

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