The Bahamas Basketball Federation's Annual BTC Bunny Levarity National Championships ended with the two titles shared between New Providence and Grand Bahama at the DW Davis Gymnasium on Saturday night. Athletico Bahamas, a youthful team comprising of high school and recent graduates, made good of their first opportunity to play among their peers as they captured the B divisional title with a 64-62 triumph over Grand Bahama's Gold Rock Gym Rats. But in the men's A division, the Grand Bahama Shipyard Cruisers sent the trio of MVP Scott Forbes (196-F-75, college: FIU), Quentin Hall (174-G-77, college: Gonzaga) and Franco Miller (187-SG) into retirement as they teamed up to help pull off a 73-72 nail biter over the Mail Boat Cybots There was no ladies' division contested, leaving the Bommer G Lady Operators without any challenge to determine just how invincible they are after going undefeated in the New Providence Women's Basketball Association. Cruisers 73, Cybots 72: Clemente Martin hit a pair of free throws with one minute remaining to give Grand Bahama their final score. But with about 22 seconds, the Mail Boat had a chance to win the game, but Brian Bain rolled over on the floor trying to retrieve a loose ball and was called for traveling. The Shipyard got the ball and they ran out the clock as they began their celebrations. 'This was a long time coming,' said Cruisers' head coach Ross Burrows. 'We built this team for the nationals. This was our purpose all season to come home and win the nationals.' The Cruisers beat the Cybots for the second time in the tournament, winning 91-87 in overtime on Thursday night as Quentin Hall scored his only four points of the game in the extra period, including the game winning free throw. Hall, hitting 6-of-11 three pointers, finished with a game high 18 points with four rebounds to lead the Cruisers' offensive attack when it counted the most in the final. Martin finished with 12 points, three assists and three block shots; Scott Forbes scored 11 points with nine rebounds, five steals and four blocks in winning the MVP; Franco Miller had nine points, six steals, four rebounds and four assists and Irvin Lewis added nine points with six rebounds. 'Hats of to them. That was a hell of a game. I only wished more people was out there,' Hall said of the challenge they got from the Cybots. 'That was a really good game, but it is what it is.' And according to Forbes, it's the end of the line for the talented trio - himself, Hall and Miller. 'We put all of our energy and effort out here for this one. We finally got one together and so we're not going to challenge that and come back and get our behinds beat,' he said. 'That's it.' Miller concurred, calling it a memorable ride. 'This has been fun. We've been doing this for years at every level, together we just bring out the best in each other,' Miller stressed. 'It's good to see that we end our career on a high note. That's it. It's done.' The Cybots got 17 points with 11 rebounds from Eugene Bain (195-C/F-88, college: Bellevue). Georgio Walkes had 13 points and five rebounds; Livingstone Munnings 12 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocks, while Lerecus Armbrister came through with 11 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals. But coach Wayde Watson said it wasn't the way he wanted his Mail Boat to sail into the summer break. 'We had the game. With 24 seconds and in possession of the ball, the worse scenario was to turn it over and that is what we did,' he said. 'We should have attacked the basket and at least get a foul, if we didn't score. But it didn't play out the way I expected.' Now there's more questions than answers for Watson as he look ahead to next season. 'It's going to be a long summer. Some of these guys have been playing in the league for a long time and they wanted to win,' he said. 'We will have to sit down and evaluate what we want to do and go from there. We had a fairly good season, but our goal was to win the national title and we didn't do that.' After leading 20-12 at the end of the first quarter, the Cybots found themselves trailing the Cruisers 39-36 at the half. Grand Bahama sailed into the fourth with a slim 54-52 margin at the end of the third. The Mail Boat managed to tie the score 57-57 in the first three minutes of the fourth, thanks to a three-pointer from Brian Bain. But the Grand Bahama Shipyard was able to surge ahead 66-59 on the trail end of a lay-up from Leon Cooper. With 1:48, Lerecus Armbrister's jumper pulled the Cybots within two, 70-68. But the Cruisers were able to stay ahead and held on for the close encounter. Athletico Bahamas 64, Gold Rock Gym Rats 62: With 6.1 seconds left on the clock, Shakwon Lewis canned a pair of free throw to lift Athletico Bahamas to their B divisional title. 'I felt very confident. I've been working hard on my game and so I felt I deserved to go for the win because I tried the team on my back,' said Lewis, who is not expected to return next year as he's scheduled to go of to college in August. 'It's a good feeling to win.' While Lewis ended up with 16 points and seven assists, Dylan Musgrove exploded for a game high 26 points with six rebounds to earn the MVP honors. Jamaris King chipped in with eight points. Adam Johnson was held to just three points with eight rebounds. 'This is a great win. We're a young new team, but we played hard to get this win,' said Musgrove, the son of former basketball star Gordon 'Slanks' Musgrove. 'We overcame the doubts that a lot of people had about us. We are the division II champions.' Franklyn Petion, who tied the score at 62-62 in a jumper with 21.5 seconds to play, led Grand Bahama with 16 points and six rebounds. Pedro Williams added 13 points and six rebounds as well. Franco Miller contributed 11 points with nine rebounds and Kaleel Solomon added 10 points. 'It was a good game fought by both teams. Mu guys came out strong, but we made two mistakes in the latter part of the game and we were not successful,' said Gym Rats; coach Arnold Mather. 'Hats of to the Nassau they. They played very well and they won the game.' The Gold Rock led 18-12 after the first quarter, only to relinquish the lead to Ahletico in the second quarter as they held a slim 33-32 margin at the half. Athletico again led 49-46 at the end of the third, but it was a close encounter throughout the fourth. Courtesy of: tribune242.com
NPBA Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Cybots and Shockers advance - 5 days ago
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Cybots - Bahamas Univ. 99-91 Cybots rallied past Bahamas Uni to advance into the semifinal stage. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Cybots made 13 blocks. 27 personal fouls committed by the Bahamas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was center Livingston Munnings who had a double-double by scoring 27 points, 18 rebounds and 9 blocks. Guard Ernest Saunders (188, college: Cleveland St. CC) chipped in 22 poi... [read more]
Cybots rallied past Bahamas Uni to advance into the semifinal stage. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Cybots made 13 blocks. 27 personal fouls committed by the Bahamas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was center Livingston Munnings who had a double-double by scoring 27 points, 18 rebounds and 9 blocks. Guard Ernest Saunders (188, college: Cleveland St. CC) chipped in 22 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Four Cybots players scored in double figures. Cybots' coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Kemsy Sylvestre who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds and Justin Smith added 25 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Top scorers: Cybots: L.Munnings 27+18reb+2ast, E.Saunders 22+5reb+4ast, C.Pinder 13+7reb, J.Atkins 10+7reb, L.Arbrister 9+4reb+2ast, D.Beadle 8+1reb Bahamas Univ.: J.Smith 25+8reb+1ast, K.Sylvestre 19+16reb+2ast, R.Goodman 16+7reb, J.Stubbs 11+3reb+1ast, B.Jennings 8+7reb+1ast, R.Dames 8+3reb+7ast
Shockers cruised past Rockets to seal their semifinal appearance. Shockers dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Rockets' 36. Shockers forced 30 Rockets turnovers and outrebounded them 57-46 including 21 on the offensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Rockets' players. Rockets were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Salathiel Dean who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 16 rebounds and 5 blocks. Lamont Armaly contributed with 14 points and 8 assists for the winners. Five Shockers players scored in double figures. Tomeko Moxey answered with 21 points and Demetri Mackey added 7 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Rockets. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Top scorers: Shockers: S.Dean 26+16reb+3ast, F.Armbrister 15+5reb+1ast, L.Armaly 14+3reb+8ast, K.Murphy 13+6reb+5ast, W.Rigby 11+10reb+4ast, A.Collie 7+2reb+1ast Rockets: T.Moxey 21+3reb+2ast, S.McKenzie 10+6reb+4ast, D.Knowles 8+5reb, D.Mackey 7+10reb+3ast, R.Morley 6+7reb+1ast, H.Curry 5+3reb+2ast
Buddy Hield selected the top Bahamian playing abroad in last week's games - 6 days ago
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Here is the weekly review of the top performing Bahamas players, who play currently abroad. Klay Thompson (201-G-90) led Golden State Warriors to a victory over the Orlando Magic in the NBA in Thursday night's game.
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Bahamas players, who play currently abroad.
#1. This week's number one is former international guard Buddy Hield (193-93, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in NBA). Hield could not help the Sacramento Kings (27-43) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the Sacramento Kings (27-43) were badly defeated 118-102 on the road by the San Antonio Spurs.
Hield was the second best scorer with 18 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists.
Hield has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 13.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 53.6%, 3FGP: 46.0%(29-63) and FT: 85.0%.
Hield played for the Bahamas senior national team three years ago.
#2. Second place goes to an international forward David Nesbitt (200-91, college: St.Thomas, FL, currently plays in Argentina). He contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Atenas (13-25) crushing them 96-74 in the Argentinian LigaA on Wednesday night.
Nesbitt scored 7 points and added 3 assists in 22 minutes.
Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda (23-19) is placed fifth in Norte group.
Nesbitt has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 48.5%, 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 85.0% in 10 games he played so far.
He is in the roster of the Bahamas senior national team.
#3. The Bahamas player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman J.R. Cadot (196-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: TCU, currently plays in Spain). Cadot was not able to help Zornotza (13-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Zornotza was defeated 89-82 in Azpeitia by the leading Sammic ISB.
Cadot recorded 12 points.
Cadot's overall stats this season are: 9.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 52.4%, 3FGP: 23.1%.
He is also a member of the Bahamas senior national team.
#4. An experienced power forward Christopher Turnquest (203-83, college: Miles CC, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Arenys' victory against the eighth-ranked Cornella (10-11) 80-70 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) in Saturday night's game.
Turnquest scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes.
Arenys Basquet Joventut (11-10) is placed fifth in Group C-A.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
It's Turnquest's first season with the team.
This year he has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg and 6.3rpg in 20 games.
Turnquest used to play for the Bahamas national team
back in 2006.
#5. Former international forward Dwight Coleby (206-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help University of Kansas in a victory against the Michigan State University (10-8) crushing them 90-70 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2 on Sunday night.
He scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 9 minutes on the court.
The University of Kansas have quite an impressive 16-2 conference record this season.
Coleby's team will play only one more game in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2. And now that game is very crucial.
This year Coleby's overall stats are: 1.7ppg and 1.8rpg in 21 games.
He used to play for the Bahamas national team
three years ago.
#6. Forward Bennet Davis (206-84, agency: Inception Sports, college: Northeastern, currently plays in France) contributed to a SAP Vaucluse's victory against the closely-ranked CFBB (4-18) 70-61 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game.
He scored 5 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists.
Sorgues-Avignon-Le Pontet Vaucluse (13-16) is placed 13th in the NM1.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Davis has reliable stats this season: 11.9ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg.
Worth to mention Davis played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He is a former international player as he played for the Bahamas senior team three years ago.
#7. Former international center Gjio Bain (211-85, college: S.Mississippi, currently plays in Indonesia) was the major contributor in an overtime Bima Perkasa's surprising victory against the second-ranked CLS Knights (11-3) 85-82 in the Indonesian IBL last Saturday.
Bain had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 15 rebounds in 45 minutes.
Bima Perkasa Yogyakarta (2-12) is placed second from the bottom (#10) in the IBL.
They ended the series of eleven consecutive loses.
The Regular Season already ended.
This year Bain's total stats are: 5.9ppg and 8.0rpg in seven games.
He used to play for the Bahamas national team
six years ago.
#8. Forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW, currently plays in Israel) led Hap.Haifa to a 2-point victory over the seventh-ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (13-10) 84-82 in the Israeli National League (second division) in Tuesday night's game.
Burrows was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 11 rebounds in 37 minutes.
Hapoel Haifa (9-14) is placed 12th in the National League.
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important.
Burrows has very impressive stats this year: 22.4ppg, 10.2rpg, 1.7apg and 1.8spg in 23 games.
He plays currently for the Bahamas national team.
The list of other players, who all have Bahamas passport but never been selected to any of Bahamas national teams:
#1.Klay Thompson (201-G-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA) led Golden State Warriors to a victory over the Orlando Magic (25-45) crushing them 122-92 in the NBA in Thursday night's game.
He was MVP of the game. Thompson scored 29 points (!!!), had 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 29 minutes.
The Golden State Warriors have quite an impressive 55-14 record this season.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
It's Thompson's sixth year with the team.
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Thompson averages: 22.1ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.1apg in 66 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Bahamas and American.
#2.Zane Knowles (208-C-92, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Poland) could not help Wilki Morskie (13-12) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Knowles' good performance Wilki Morskie was edged 73-72 on the road by the league outsider Siarka (#17).
He recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 12 rebounds.
Knowles' overall stats this season are: 6.3ppg and 5.5rpg.
#3.Jonathan Fairell (201-F-93, agency: Duran International, college: Murray St., currently plays in France) was not able to help SPO Rouen (10-13) in their last game. Despite his good performance SPO Rouen was badly defeated 94-78 in Blois by the much higher-ranked (#5) ADA Blois.
Fairell scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 22 minutes.
This year Fairell has relatively solid stats: 14.0ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.3apg in 23 games.
He is another player who holds two passports: Bahamas and American.
#4.Dynile Forbes (190-G-87, college: La-Monroe, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Gandia (7-18) in their game against Albacete (6-19) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Despite his very good performance last Sunday He was the top scorer with 14 points.
Forbes has reliable stats this season: 13.7ppg and 2.3rpg.
#5.Robert Nortmann (205-F, college: Dalhousie, currently plays in NBLCanada) couldn't help the Island Storm (10-14) in their game against the Moncton Miracles (9-16) in the NBL Canada. Nortmann cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones.
He scored only 2 points.
The Island Storm (#3) was edged 111-108 in Moncton, NB by the lower-ranked Moncton Miracles.
It was Island Storm's fifth consecutive loss in a row.
Nortmann has averaged so far 5.9ppg and 8.0rpg.
He has both Bahamas and Canadian nationalities.
Recap of NPBA Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - 8 days ago
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Rockets - Shockers 87-83 Rockets held off Shockers to force the decisive third game in the series. Rockets forced 25 Shockers turnovers. The best player for the winners was Henderson Curry who scored 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Corey Williams chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Four Rockets players scored in double figures. Salathiel Dean produced 24 points and 9 rebounds and Lamont Armaly added 14 points, 8 assists and 4 steals respectively for the guests. Both coaches used be... [read more]
Rockets held off Shockers to force the decisive third game in the series. Rockets forced 25 Shockers turnovers. The best player for the winners was Henderson Curry who scored 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Corey Williams chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Four Rockets players scored in double figures. Salathiel Dean produced 24 points and 9 rebounds and Lamont Armaly added 14 points, 8 assists and 4 steals respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Top scorers: Rockets: H.Curry 22+7reb+6ast, T.Moxey 16+3reb+2ast, R.Morley 14+9reb, C.Williams 13+7reb+3ast, R.Saunders 8+5reb, P.Thompson 7+8reb+3ast Shockers: S.Dean 24+9reb+1ast, F.Armbrister 16+4reb+3ast, L.Armaly 14+2reb+8ast, W.Rigby 7+15reb+1ast, V.Johnson 7+1reb, C.Wilmore 5+1reb
Bahamas University overcame Cybots to even things up at 1-1. The Bahamas forced 36 Cybots turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. 31 personal fouls committed by Cybots helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Kemsy Sylvestre notched 30 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort and Justin Smith supported him with 19 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 7 steals. Four the Bahamas players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 24 points, 15 rebounds and 6 blocks by center Livingston Munnings did not help to save the game for Cybots. Lerecus Arbrister added 13 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists for the guests. Cybots' coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: Bahamas Univ.: K.Sylvestre 30+8reb+5ast, J.Smith 19+7reb+5ast, J.Stubbs 14+2reb+1ast, R.Goodman 13+5reb, R.Dames 6+10reb+9ast, R.Sturrup 4+2reb Cybots: L.Munnings 24+15reb, D.Duncombe 14+5reb+1ast, L.Arbrister 13+7reb+8ast, C.Pinder 8+7reb, D.Beadle 7+1reb+2ast, D.Seymour 6+1reb
Regulators rallied past Stingers on the road to complete the sweep of the series. Stingers were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 61-55 second half run of Regulators. They also forced 26 Stingers turnovers. Stingers were plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. International power forward Eugene Bain (195-88, college: Bellevue) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds. Gameliel Rose contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Domnick Bridgewater replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 7 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals and Randy Williams added 21 points in the effort for Stingers. Four Regulators and five Stingers players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Top scorers: Regulators: E.Bain 34+15reb+2ast, D.McPhee 15+4reb+1ast, G.Rose 12+6reb+3ast, R.Baillou 12+6reb, S.Cruz 8+2reb, B.Bain 8+7reb+3ast Stingers: R.Williams 21+4reb+3ast, D.Bridgewater 19+7reb+10ast, D.Ferguson 14+1reb+1ast, V.Stubbs 12+5reb+5ast, I.Curtis 11+10reb+1ast, R.Ingraham 9+2reb
Giants advanced into the semifinal stage as they beat Pirates on the road. Pirates trailed by 17 points after 3 quarters before a 38-29 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 88-96 at the end of the game. Giants forced 20 Pirates turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The former international Michael Bain scored 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international point guard Jeffrey Henfield (193-85, college: Tarleton St.) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. American Domonique Fernander (, college: Hobart) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Kevin Wright (178, college: Bevill St.Sumiton JC) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Four Pirates players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Top scorers: Giants: M.Bain 20+7reb+6ast, J.Henfield 18+5reb, D.Taylor 10+7reb+6ast, K.Hinsey 9+3reb+1ast, K.Pratt 8+1reb+3ast, T.Cox 7+5reb+2ast Pirates: D.Fernander 19+11reb+4ast, K.Wright 16+6reb+2ast, C.Cummings 14+3reb+3ast, K.Dean 13+2reb+4ast, T.Hudson 8+6reb+5ast, D.Johnson 7+7reb
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