Hoop stars left off medal list

Cayman’s Special Olympics basketball team at the World Games in Los Angeles won a bronze medal but the result was not posted on the official Games website.

The Cayman delegation returned last week with 52 medals but the eight-member basketball team was miffed at not being listed as medallists.

“I have no idea why the medals didn’t register on the website,” coach Fareed Hosein said.

“We played a total of 11 games and our record was seven wins and four losses, a good record considering it was the first time basketball competed in the World Games.”

Hosein said that the team’s standouts were Shaun Ebanks (SOCI athlete) and united athlete Albis Amaya Garmedia. Unified athletes do not have mental disabilities.

They are looking to Jamaica for their next tournament, possibly later this year and Hosein – better known as a volleyball official – will still be the coach.

He added, “We won a bronze but we were three points away from a silver medal in our final game, which is what we lost that game by.”

The squad consisted of SOCI athletes Shaun Ebanks, Jamar Timothy, Junior Peart, Alec Cox and Albert Bodden, and unified athletes Albis Amaya Garmedia, Rhomar Williams and Jamel Winton.