Wesleyan Academy wins trophy in Blue Iguana Basketball Jamboree

Marcelo Suarez of CIS steals the ball from the Aruba team during the opening game of the tournament.

Wesleyan Christian Academy took home the championship trophy from Cayman International School’s annual Blue Iguana International Basketball Jamboree as the reigning champions for the fifth year in a row.

Triple C finished second and Cayman Prep was third after defeating Aruba, who finished in fourth place.

Cayman International School and Blue Iguana jamboree mascot Bob Iguana helps to keep the crowd excited during the tournament.
Cayman International School and Blue Iguana jamboree mascot Bob Iguana helps to keep the crowd excited during the tournament.

A school from Jamaica also participated in the fifth annual jamboree from March 9-13, in addition to CIS, Cayman Prep, Triple C and Wesleyan Christian Academy.

The jamboree kicked off with a rally at the Arts and Recreation Centre in Camana Bay to welcome all teams and generate fan support.

CIS students in grades K to 12 participated in games and received T-shirts from Cayman Screen Print.

The tournament started in the afternoon of March 11 and featured six games with all six teams.

In the opening game, CIS defeated Aruba, setting the tone for a very competitive tournament. CIS ended the day second in their pool play bracket.

On March 12, teams were seeded in the double-elimination tournament bracket based on the results from March 11.

In the first game on March 12, CIS defeated Jamaica in overtime but lost to Triple C in the second-round match, and were sent to the third-place bracket. CIS then lost in double overtime to Cayman Prep in a game that sent Prep to the third-place game against Aruba.

The team from Wesleyan Christian Academy, five-time jamboree champions, stands as they are welcomed by the crowd at the rally.
The team from Wesleyan Christian Academy, five-time jamboree champions, stands as they are welcomed by the crowd at the rally.

Wesleyan and Triple C won every game leading up to the championship. In the championship game, Wesleyan defeated Triple C.

Many staff members and student volunteers from CIS helped to make this tournament a success, said organizers, who also thanked their many sponsors and the families who hosted the visitors from Jamaica and Aruba.

“The jamboree has been a wonderful event for the CIS community and for the visiting players and coaches,” said Doug Murphy, CIS secondary principal and coordinator. “Every year, CIS families host the international visiting players and coaches in their homes, and they value the important relationships they establish with other international schools in the Caribbean. CIS also welcomes the presence and representation of other local schools as it encourages and promotes healthy competition and good sportsmanship.”

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