The basketballers of Laventille celebrate their victory while holding a replica of the one million dollar cheque presented by National Security Minister Jack Warner - Photo by DAVE PERSAD
Laventille Wins $1 Million Hoop For Life
...Jack Warner booed
MINISTER of National Security Jack Warner was booed last night in Marabella by several people in a crowd that turned out for the million dollar final of the Hoop of Life basketball competition.
Warner, along with San Fernando West Member of Parliament Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan, attended the competition which drew a crowd of over 500 spectators at the basketball court at Trainline.
The basketballers of Laventille defeated the Marabella United team 66-57 on their home ground to take the three match series 2-0.
Laventille basketballers Steven "Lighter" Lewis scored 26 points and Kurt "Coto" Christian supported with 17.
Marabella United, in placing second took the prize money of $500,000.
The team's centre, Damian Caton, scored 17 points in the action-packed game.
The Hoop of Life competition was launched last June by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, as she unveiled a plan to tackle crime with sport among the nation's young people.
Persad-Bissessar launched the programme with former National Basketball Association player Dr Shaquille O'Neal.