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Bermuda Under-19 side target top four

High hopes: the Bermuda Under-19 team head out to Brampton, Ontario, for the Heartlake Winter Classic

The Bermuda Basketball Association’s Under-19 team are targeting an improved performance in their second appearance in the Heartlake Winter Classic in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.

Having appeared at the same tournament last year, the Bermudian team will be one of eight sides battling it out against one another between tomorrow and Wednesday at Heartlake High School. In preparation for the tournament, the team are taking part in two friendly matches, following up yesterday’s scheduled encounter against Heartlake High School with a match against Brampton Christian High School today.

With the advantage of learning from last year’s experience, head coach Kent Tacklyn is looking for a better showing from his team this time around.

“The goal, obviously, is to win the tournament but a more realistic goal would be to at least finish as one of the top four teams,” he said.

“Last year the team won one game and lost four, but this year I believe the team can do better defensively.”

The coach will be looking to lean on senior players, Jacy Lowery, Jermayne Dears, and Christian Liyange along with youngsters Adam MacDonald and Zakai Bean, returning from last year, to set the tone for the team, while he will also hope that first time players Seth Hardtman and Keishun Swan can have a big impact in the tournament.