Jersey Mike's Jamaica Classic returns to Rose Hall after two-year hiatus due to COVID-19
Action during the 2018 staging of the Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic between Loyola Marymount University and Georgetown University at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St James. (Photo: Paul Reid)

ROSE HALL, St James - American college men's basketball teams from Georgetown University and Loyola Marymount University will return to the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall in November as the Jersey Mike's Jamaica Classic tournament makes a return after a two-year hiatus due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The event, which started in 2017, will see eight teams competing against each other in early season NCAA competition from November 18 to 20.

The event was staged last year in Florida, as while restrictions were eased in the USA, the Jamaican Government had not allowed sporting events to be staged on the island.

Georgetown, who is coached by former NBA great Patrick Ewing, and Loyola Marymount — both programmes who have won NCAA Division One titles — will play in the Montego Bay Division with Lasalle University and Wake Forest.

Georgetown and Loyola played against each other in the 2018 staging and it will be the first time in the history of the competition that teams will meet for a second time.

The Rose Hall Division will see Morgan State University, Utah Valley, Green Bay and Queens, all of who will be making their first visit to the event.

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer

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