Brusche Foundation hails Guyana’s championship-winning Basketball team

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The Brusche Basketball Foundation, a well-known family in Guyana’s basketball fraternity, has presented tokens to members of the successful Guyana team that won the Caribbean Basketball Championship in 2018.

The Guyanese men played unbeaten to win the title in Suriname for the first time after 40 years, and president of the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation at the time, Nigel Hinds, was on hand on Wednesday night to present the tokens to the players.

The players were presented with branded jerseys and plaques to mark the occasion. Hinds, speaking at a simple ceremony at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, labelled it “a fantastic and well accepted gesture.”

Flashback! Team Guyana moments after being crowned champions in 2018

He noted that the recognition for the players was a collaborative effort led by Mike Brusche, who played for Guyana in the 1960s, James Brusche and Clinton Brusche.

“Clyde Brusche also is a big supporter and one of the main organisers of the Brusche Classic, which was held in Linden in October-November of this year. And out of that they thought that with Guyana winning the Caribbean Basketball Championships in 2018 that they deserve to be recognised by the diaspora and persons in Guyana,” Hinds related.

“This gesture where the Brusche family provided plaques and jerseys for the players with the emblem and the logo showing that they are the Caribbean champions, I think it’s a wonderful moment for them and they will treasure the jerseys and plaques for the rest of their lives.”

It was on June 30, 2018, that the Stanton Rose-led Guyana team emerged with a clean sheet, playing undefeated to win the prestigious title in the neighbouring Dutch-speaking country.

The 10-team competition, which was played at the Anthony Nesty Sports Hall, saw Guyana defeating Antigua and Barbuda 83-70 in the final, led by Rose with a game-high 23 points.

Ray Victor had dropped 13 points, while Shane Webster and Anthony Moe both had 12.

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