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