The Island Jams Tournaments were held this year in Ngerbodel, Ngiwal and Ngermid.  With an average of 15 teams  at each tournament there was in excess of 300 players taking part this year.

Last Saturday’s final Tournament at Ngermid was faced with disaster with heavy rain through the morning but by start time at 2.00pm the skies cleared and the sun shone and the day was blessed with fine weather through to the end.    

Through the generosity of the sponsor in Jim Towberman and his wife Dana, the players all receive a T-shirt and winning teams receive prized of basketballs.  Through the tournament other prizes are handed out and everyone is treated to free food.  The players all contribute $1 to the event. 

Discussions about next year’s event have already taken place between BMP and Basketball Palau with the idea of obtaining local sponsors to assist in promoting the tournaments. 

At this year’s Island James the teams were supported by the involvement of the visiting BMP All Star players who helped in conducting the games and providing advice to the teams during games. 

The Island Jams Tournament will be incorporated into the Basketball Palau NDP and used as an introduction for new players into local junior leagues. 

Basketball Palau says a BIG KMAL SULANG to local Biblical Ministries personnel in John Zimmer and Jon Clapp and also to sponsor Jim Towberman and wife Dana.  The Towberman’s travel down to Palau each year from Wisconsin for the event.   


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