DUFFS BOTTOM, Tortola, VI - A frantic Friday and Saturday at the Hon Julian Fraser/Save the Seed Basketball League first saw Momentum lose out to the Warrias and then West Gunners blew away Bayside Blazers in a late rally to reach the Western Conference final, whilst Next took an early lead in the Eastern final. The Saturday October 22, 2016 showdown between the 2015 defending champions West Gunners and Bayside Blazers was undoubtedly the game the fans had come to watch as the series was... [read more]
DUFFS BOTTOM, Tortola, VI - A frantic Friday and Saturday at the Hon Julian Fraser/Save the Seed Basketball League first saw Momentum lose out to the Warrias and then West Gunners blew away Bayside Blazers in a late rally to reach the Western Conference final, whilst Next took an early lead in the Eastern final. The Saturday October 22, 2016 showdown between the 2015 defending champions West Gunners and Bayside Blazers was undoubtedly the game the fans had come to watch as the series was tied 1-1 after the Gunners held firm to tie things up with an 102-99 victory on Friday October 21, 2016.
Bayside Blazers, without Coach Rhennie O. Phipps, who was ejected during Friday's tempestuous ending, Jevon K. Serrant as well as Franklyn L. Penn Jr, who were both absent from on court play, seemed right on course for the deciding win as they took a commanding double digit lead into the fourth quarter.
However, Ray D. Victor had other ideas.
With 6:05 remaining on the clock, he splashed a '3' to make the score 86-78 and then Douron Phillip was on hand to tip back in a rebound from a Rowan Victor shot.
Ray D. Victor went 'and one' after a bouncing ball was finally cleaned up from under the Gunners basket, Romain Minott made it 86-85 with 5 minutes left and after an exchange of baskets Victor brought the crowd to its feet with a score levelling shot from downtown.
With Phillip on the verge of being fouled out, the Gunners went a point up from another visit to the charity stripe, Dextroy D. Manswell levelled for the Blazers, but Ray Victor, again, spurred on his team, scoring twice from Free Throws and netting another '3' and put the Gunners up by 5.
With 2 minutes left Dion M. Blyden scored for the Blazers to make it a 3-point game at 96-93, Ray and Rowan combined to give BJ Caleb an easy put back, Omar Walker came up with a big defensive block and Ray Victor again drew a foul to score 1 from 2 shots and with 52 seconds left it was 99-95 Gunners.
Both Manswell and Blyden missed scoring opportunities, whilst Minott and Walker added further scores from the Free Throw line and it was all over, 102-96, to the Gunners.
Ray D. Victor finished with a game high 36 points and 7 steals, while Phillips netted 20 points and 10 rebound and both Rowan Victor and Romain Minnot had 13 points.
The towering Bayside Blazers centre Manswell finished with 23 points and a whopping 14 rebounds. Blyden scored 15.
The Gunners will next face Warrias for the Western Conference title after Momentum were surprisingly, to some, undone 2-1 in the series.
The Warrias were down by two points with time almost expired when Shaquille T. Fonseca sank a '3' to send the number one seeds, Momentum, out and the Warrias into a showdown with the Gunners, which starts tonight at the Save the Seed Energy Centre at 7:45 P.M.
Momentum bow out
In the Eastern Division, Next took a comfortable 1-0 lead in the best of three series with Splash Brothers after a 102-99 win on Saturday October 22, 2016 in game one.
The game was tight for the first half, which ended at 53-54 and by the end of the third quarter, Splash Bros, with a mixture of '3's', turnovers, steals and visits to the free throw line, had increased their advantage to 6 points.
With less than 8 minutes remaining, the scores were level at 85's, Shamoi A. Dagou and Steve E. Parillon both splashed from long range to put the Brothers back ahead, but with 5 minutes left Killven M. Samuel went 2 for 2 from the charity stripe and then scored again to make it 93-91 Next.
A Dagou '3' put the Bros back in front, but Samuel responded and Eustace 'Boss' Freeman scored twice more to make it 98-94. Dagou and Samuel exchanged long range scores to make it 101-99 into the last 60 seconds, the Bros missed two attempts from the Free Throw line with 19 seconds left and Samuel then delivered the game one coup de grace with a free throw to make the final score 102-99.
Samuel ended with 32 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists, Stephon Caul 22 and Tyler Cameron 12.
For Splash Brothers, Dagou netted 28 points, Parillon 24 and Ashield Frett 22.
Playoffs continue today, Sunday, October 23, 2016
5:00 PM Swagga vs High Speed (Junior Division)
6:30 PM Next vs Splash Brothers (2 out of 3 Eastern Division)
7:45 PM Warrias vs West Gunners (1 out of 3, round 2 Western Division)
DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI - As the play offs began last weekend at the Save the Seed Energy Centre in the Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League, Next swept Winning Mentality, Momentum stayed alive against the Warrias and Bayside Blazers took the advantage over West Gunners. Next, a red hot tip to become 2016 Champions, cruised past Winning Mentality, 77-75 in game one and 99-77 in game two, with Killven M. Samuel scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds. Rebelto James added 14 points wi... [read more]
DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI - As the play offs began last weekend at the Save the Seed Energy Centre in the Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League, Next swept Winning Mentality, Momentum stayed alive against the Warrias and Bayside Blazers took the advantage over West Gunners. Next, a red hot tip to become 2016 Champions, cruised past Winning Mentality, 77-75 in game one and 99-77 in game two, with Killven M. Samuel scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds. Rebelto James added 14 points with 7 rebounds, Raheem Blyden 13, Devante Brewley 10 and Clint Weston 14 rebounds.
Winning Mentality got 27 points and 17 rebounds from Rudy Vanterpool and 15 points from Tafari Winchester.
Momentum survived the first weekend of the post season, but only after getting a shock defeat, 69-77, at the hands of the Warrias in game one, with the damage done to the scoreboard and Momentum pride by Shaquille T. Fonseca, who scored 31 points with 10 rebounds.
In game two though, Momentum got their cadence going and ran out 73-68 victors, thanks in large part to 28 points, 8 rebounds and 7 steels from Travis A. Isaac. Louie A. Poblette added 15 points and Kitwana Rhymer 10 with 12 rebounds.
The Warrias were again led by Fonseca, who scored 23 points whilst Juan R. Hatchett notched 19.
Bayside Blazers edge West Gunners
The Bayside Blazers then took the upper hand in their playoff against West Gunners, recording an 89-88 win in game one, with both Jevon K. Serrant and Dextroy D. Manswell scoring 15 points. The latter added 15 rebounds, whilst Kyle L. Abraham finished with 15, Tavon J. Phillip 13 and Dion M. Blyden 10.
The West Gunners got 22 points each from Douron Phillip, who also picked off 11 rebounds and Nicols Charles, whilst Ray D. Victor scored 15, Gerrard Vanterpool 11 with 11 rebounds and Omar Walker grabbed 10 rebounds.
Splash Brothers humble We Dem Boys
The Splash Brothers also recorded a win in their game one against We Dem Boys, 91-55, with 29 points coming from Abrey Daniel, 18 and 10 rebounds from Ashfield Frett, 18 from Michael Benjamin and 12 from Shamoi A. Dagou.
Only Lenroy Grant (11) reached double figures for the Boys, whilst Requan Fahie picked up 15 rebounds.
In the Junior Division match ups, Hi Speed beat the Thunder 34-20, with Kahil Farrington scoring all but 6 of the Thunder's points in a losing effort and the Junior Starz cruised past High Speed, 30-10. With 9 points from K'ntenay Maduro scoring 9 points, 12 rebounds and Malaki A. Smith 8 also with 12 rebounds.
Playoffs continue this weekend:
Friday October 21, 2016
5:00 PM Thunder vs Swagga (Junior Division)
6:30 PM Momentum vs Warrias (Game 3 best out of 3)
7:45 PM Splash Brothers vs We Dem Boyz (Game 2 best out of 3)
9:00 PM Bayside Blazers vs West Gunners (Game 2 best out of 3)
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Virgin Islands' Leslee J. Smith and the Bristol Flyers' valiant comeback fell short as they were unable to overcome a crippling first half shooting display, failing to beat the visiting Sheffield Sharks, on Saturday October 15, 2016. Flyers lost 57-59. They had opened the quarter with their trademark hard-nosed defence and the visitors were unable to find a basket in the opening minutes. Flyers aggressively hedged the pick and roll, closing in on McFarland and st... [read more]
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Virgin Islands' Leslee J. Smith and the Bristol Flyers' valiant comeback fell short as they were unable to overcome a crippling first half shooting display, failing to beat the visiting Sheffield Sharks, on Saturday October 15, 2016. Flyers lost 57-59.
They had opened the quarter with their trademark hard-nosed defence and the visitors were unable to find a basket in the opening minutes. Flyers aggressively hedged the pick and roll, closing in on McFarland and stopping his creativity.
On offence, Bristol attacked the basket, getting to the free throw line, with Brandon Boggs scoring the team's first points. Sharks came back through their veteran Michael Tuck, who scored the visitors first eight points.
Despite the early success driving the ball inside, Bristol shot a lowly 17% from the field for the quarter. Both squads suffered from a shaky start offensively, as neither team could take care of the ball. Turnovers were huge in the early stages, as the game saw 12 turnovers in the first quarter. As the initial period came to a close, Bristol trailed 9-12.
Flyers' offensive woes continued into the second half and it began to bleed into the rest of Bristol's game. Uncharacteristically, their defence fell through on multiple occasions, allowing three straight open lay-ups to start the second quarter.
Bristol then overcompensated on defence collapsing in when the ball went inside, gifting Sheffield's Kyle Odister a wide open three-pointer giving Sharks a ten point lead. Struggling to gain offensive momentum, the home team went through a five minute stretch without scoring.
The draught was ended by Boggs, who beautifully split the defence with a spin move to the hoop, for the score. Hameed Ali then stole the ball, drove the length of the court creating an open look for Leslie Smith.
Despite a harrowing first half shooting performance, going six for 33 from the field, Bristol were back in the game. At the break, Bristol trailed 18-24.
The second half began with Bristol building on their comeback. Back to back jumpshots from Lovell Cook, followed by a Daniel Edozie 15 foot jumper and long two-pointer from Boggs brought Flyers within striking distance.
Edozie briefly tied the game with his first ever three-pointer. In a whirl of a third quarter, Bristol had tied the game. Though Flyers recorded a number of quick fouls, getting in the penalty early. Sharks took advantage, converting at the free throw line giving them a one point lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Sheffield grabbed an early, slender lead behind a Edward Brownell two-pointer and a converted And-1 by Colin Sing. Looking to disrupt Flyers' offensive rhythm, Sharks set up a with a 1-3-1 zone, it seemed to work. The visitors came up with a few steals, giving them additional possessions to add to their lead.
The Flyers comeback had not ran out of steam, Ali made it a one possession game after hitting a three-pointer with the defence all over him. Then Smith stole the ball for the break-away slam-dunk. Cue bedlam at the SGS WISE Arena, as Bristol tied the game at 55 apiece.
As the contest came into its final minute of play, Smith gambled on a steal, gifting Tucker a shot to grab the lead. Flyers had the ball with the game clock winding down. Ali took a shot to send the game to overtime, only to see his shot bounce off the rim to the sound of the buzzer. Bristol Flyers 57 Sheffield Sharks 59.
Smith finished with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 4 steals.
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