EAST END, Tortola, VI- A game high 26 points from senior National player Kennedy Bass was just not enough to save his team Nuttin Nice from a second straight defeat to 49th Street when game three in the best of 5 finals of the Lorenzo Jennings Christmas Basketball League took place at the Greenland basketball court on January 26, 2013.
In fact there was nuttin nice for their fans to cheer about as 49th Street grabbed rebounds at will and even seemed to find the basket at will on their way to an 81-73 points victory, a decent score-line in the end as Nuttin Nice trailed by more than 18 points at one stage.
Devon Wattley was no doubt the driving force behind 49th Street on both ends of the court as he top scored for his team with 22 points and had an impressive game high 16 rebounds.
Bradley Stevens (21 points) and Nathaniel Malone (20 Points, 5 Rebounds, 4 Assists) also contributed strongly to the 49th Streets convincing victory.
49th Street looked purposefully from the onset but were most effective from the 2nd quarter as they played good systematic basketball to race to a 62-49 half time lead and ended that half in style when Travis Malone hit a buzzer beater from long range much to the delight of the 49th Street fans, who were a lot more vocal than Nuttin Nices.
There was some controversy with just over 7 minutes remaining in the final quarter when the scorers table indicated that Bass was fouled out. Bass argued successfully that it was a mistake and that he had two more fouls to give.
He would eventually foul out in the final minute but not before embarking on a one man show that pulled Nuttin Nice from a humiliating defeat. Some highlights from him included a jumper from behind the arc and some daring drives to the basket.
Jason Edwin, who had a consistent game, was also a major factor for Nuttin Nice despite defeat. He had 20 points and 7 rebounds.
The strategy for 49th Street, according to coach Wasi Charlesweln, is to close out each opponent from getting free shots. Once we are going to them man to man we beating them, we walking away from them. In the first game we were tripped in a zone and they were able to set up the outside man and get the free shots but we realised what was happening and we came out this time man to man and it has worked for us.
49th Street now lead the series 2-1 and will be looking to close things out tonight at the Greenland court.
We coming out man to man again, thats how we won two games in a row and we coming back the same way, so we looking to finish it here tomorrow (today).
As for the Nuttin Nice loss, Bass quickly pointed it to poor defense work by his unit. We were not playing defense, we not playing in front of a man.
Bass is, however, confident that tonight will belong to Nuttin Nice. We have to come play defense...Tomorrow (today) we going to come to play, it isnt finished yet. There will be a game 5.
The 2012 East End/Long Look Christmas Basketball League, named after Lorenzo 'Black Boy' Jennings who was considered the 'Pearl' of the Dreds basketball team, opened on Sunday, December 2 and could very well wrap up tonight if Bass and Nuttin Nice fail to bring their D (defensive) game.
Next advance to Round 2 in East Division Playoffs; Momentum stay alive - 1 day ago
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.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League concludes the regular season games tonight, Friday October 14, 2016, with two games that will still have a bearing on who claims what spots in the standings and who goes home. Only one team is officially out of contention for a place in the play offs, Community One in the East, and the Friday night games begin with Pure Playaz against Warrias, which will decide the next team to fall. A loss for the Warrias and... [read more]
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League concludes the regular season games tonight, Friday October 14, 2016, with two games that will still have a bearing on who claims what spots in the standings and who goes home. Only one team is officially out of contention for a place in the play offs, Community One in the East, and the Friday night games begin with Pure Playaz against Warrias, which will decide the next team to fall.
A loss for the Warrias and they will become the first team from the West to be eliminated, whilst the win for the Playaz puts them in a three-way tie in the East for second place, along with Splash Brothers and We Dem Boyz.
Pure Playaz stay alive
Pure Playaz kept their hopes alive with a 91-69 victory over Community One on Wednesday night, October 12, 2016 led by 26 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists and 8 steals by Sean 'Chino' Woods. Tyrelle David added 22 points with 14 rebounds and Nixon Hamilton secured 13 rebounds.
Community One, who admitted they are building a team for the future, got 26 points with 14 rebounds from Tamel Jacob and 21 points from Dekembe Parsons.
The Splash Brothers also secured a victory on Wednesday with a 91-80 triumph over the Starz.
Shamoi Dagou notched 23 points, Abrey Daniel 21 and Ashfield Frett 17 with 15 rebounds, whilst for the Starz, Lestin Wiltshire had 22 points 11 rebounds, Kasean Wylie 20 points and Kimron Telemaque 13.
The method of then deciding the final placings will come into force with the fourth place team facing Next on Saturday.
Mind you, a loss by the Playaz still gives them a chance of post season glory as they would then be in another three-way tie, this time with the Starz and Winning Mentality, for the fourth and final spot in the play offs.
Must win game for Avengers
Whatever the outcome of the first game, the Avengers then face a must win encounter with Momentum, who currently sit second in the West, behind potential Division Champs, the Bayside Blazers.
If Avengers win then they will finish in fourth place and effectively knock out Red Zone as well as the Warrias. However, a win for Momentum not only gives them a share of top spot, but also condemns the Avengers to a two or possibly three-way tie for the final spot in the play offs with Red Zone (and Warrias possibly). Bayside Blazers win rematch with West Gunners
The highly anticipated rematch between 2014 champs Bayside Blazers and a full strength 2015 champions West Gunners, who are already assured a place in the play offs, possibly as the third seed, again went in favour of the Blazers, 108-95.
The Gunners will now face either the Blazers or Momentum in a tricky first game on Sunday night.
Franklyn L. Penn Jr top scored with 29 points for the Blazers, Jevon K. Serrant notched 28. Tavon J. Phillip 18 with 15 rebounds and Dextroy D. Manswell 15 with 13 rebounds.
Douron Phillip led the Gunners with 24 points and 15 rebounds, Ray D. Victor finished with 23 points, Romain Minott 15 and Nigel Carey finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
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