Guyana, Grenada resume b/ball battle after 32 years

By Charwayne Walker

The only time Guyana and Grenada clashed at basketball at the senior international level was July 1986 at the Fifth CARICOM championships. On that occasion, the Land of the Majestic Kaieteur Falls, led by Linden’s YMCA Kings, James Brusche, triumphed 69 to 52.

Skipper  Brusche is the youngest of the Brusche’s siblings, (Mike and Clifton were the two other brothers) that represented Guyana at the senior international level.

James emulated his brothers with a game-high 22 points. He was supported by fellow Lindener and two-time CARICOM All Start Selectee, Auric Tappin, with 17 points.

The two countries will resume battle after 32 years when the CBC men’s senior tournament commence today at the Anthony Nesty Stadium in Paramaribo.  Will Stanton Rose and his troops continue Guyana’s dominance or will the boys from the Spice Isle even the score?

The 1986 Guyana CARICOM championship squad that defeated Grenada:

James Brusche – Captain -YMCA Kings

Auric Tappin -YMCA Kings

Mark Agard- Pacesetters

Robert Cadogan – Pacesetters

Eon Andrews- Pacesetters

Brandis Carlmichael – Pacesetters

Nigel Hinds- Hi Flyers

Roger Charles- Hi Flyers

Heinrod David – Hi Flyers

Leon Christian- Hi Flyers

Ray Williams – Ravens

Robert Byass- Wismar Pistons

Mike Brusche- Coach – Eagles  

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