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.
Young to officiate @ CBC U16 Championship - 12 minutes ago
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Popular football and basketball referee, Norval A. Young has made the list of nominations to be an official at the upcoming Caribbean Basketball Confederation U16 Championship to be hosted by Guyana. The twelve (12) referees, including two females, are coming from nine countries across FIBA's Americas continental zone. They rank in age from 29 to 49 (average age of 36.4) and have between two (2) and eleven (11) years of experience as FIBA referees (average of 6.8... [read more]
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Popular football and basketball referee, Norval A. Young has made the list of nominations to be an official at the upcoming Caribbean Basketball Confederation U16 Championship to be hosted by Guyana. The twelve (12) referees, including two females, are coming from nine countries across FIBA's Americas continental zone. They rank in age from 29 to 49 (average age of 36.4) and have between two (2) and eleven (11) years of experience as FIBA referees (average of 6.8 years).
The CBC U16 Championships will take place from July 3-9, 2016 for Men in Georgetown, Guyana, whilst the Women's event will be staged from July 12-16, 2016.
The participating national teams are Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, [British] Virgin Islands, Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago in the Men's Championship while the Women's Championship will comprise of national teams from Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, [British] Virgin Islands, Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.
The nominations are as follows:
2016 CBC U16 Championship for Men and Women's Officiating Team Nomination
All the teams will be fighting for three spots in the 2017 Centrobasket U17Championship for Men and Women.
At the last CBC U16 Championship held in St John, Antigua in 2008, the Bahamas won the championship for Men and Women.
DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- With the ultimate aim always being to make the event of the highest standard, to promote the talent of youth and to provide a safe haven for families to be entertained, organisors of the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League said the tournament this year will have zero tolerance for indiscipline. The 4th annual tournament, which bounces off on August 20, 2016, was launched this morning, June 24, 2016 at the Save the Seed Energy Centre Confe... [read more]
DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- With the ultimate aim always being to make the event of the highest standard, to promote the talent of youth and to provide a safe haven for families to be entertained, organisors of the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League said the tournament this year will have zero tolerance for indiscipline. The 4th annual tournament, which bounces off on August 20, 2016, was launched this morning, June 24, 2016 at the Save the Seed Energy Centre Conference Room in Duff's Bottom.
Both Directors of the League, Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) and Bishop John I. Cline, stressed on the importance of discipline and their desire to have nothing but a clean tournament where families can come out to the games without having to witness a fight among players or having to inhale 'second hand marijuana smoke.'
Anyone can play in League but
According to Hon Fraser, reaching out to the young people to bring their teams into the league is a step in the right direction, in molding the young people of this territory.
'Everyone who wants to play in the League, I shall make every effort to assist them into getting into the league under one condition- that they accept the zero tolerance rule that the league has,' Hon Fraser said.
Although affected by indiscipline among players and coaches in the past, the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed League remains one of the most successful leagues in the territory and one which many look forward to.
Hon Fraser attributes that to the fact that many people that follow the league recognise that the league has leadership. 'I think neither the Bishop nor myself, as I have said before, are in this thing for any fame, fortune or glory. We are doing it for the community. The same way we walked into it we can walk out of it. Once people understand this is for their benefit and that we are not going to tolerate anything that is going to spoil our reputation, because we have a reputation and our names mean something to us, they are going to come.' Not just about basketball
According to Bishop Cline, the league aims to build cohesiveness in the community, teamwork and handling responsibilities, which he said aid in the development of a person's character.
'So this is not just about basketball for us but it is a way that we feel we can contribute significantly to the development of the youth in our community.'
According to Bishop Cline, the Save the Seed facility is one that is designed for families and which offers various activities that facilitate that.
'And one thing we want to ensure is that the family environment is preserved, that when people come to the Save the Seed Energy Centre they wouldn't have to worry about fights, violence, they don't have to worry about inhaling somebody's second hand marijuana smoke on our premises or in our gym. And because of that we have had to go out and hire security. And hiring security is very expensive. We wish we didn't have to do that but because of some of the things that we have experienced in the past we want to take no chances. And that is why we have also developed the policy of no tolerance,' Bishop Cline said.
Bishop Cline made an appeal to the players, coaches and managers of teams taking part in the league to make discipline their watchword and to engage in clean play always.
'Some of the players bring their girlfriends, their wives, their mothers, their children to see the games and no one wants to see a display of violence or anger on the court.' Reaction from Platinum Sponsors
Head of Business Solutions at Digicel BVI, Mr Kevin Carragher said he was impressed with Hon Fraser's comments that the league was not done for the glory or fame and noted that Digicel's sponsorship of the league was not a branding exercise but 'an incredibly important part of what we need to do as one of the larger companies here in the BVI.'
Carragher said he is also a sports person, with football being his main sport, and has observed that one's conduct or the way one approached the game almost always is a reflection of how they were in their professional life.
The opportunity, he explained, is there for the organisors, coaches and managers involved to affect the youngsters, to help mold them in order to make them into total players, with the right attitudes. 'That will reflect on them in their professional lives and their education.'
Insurance Manager of Nagico Insurances, Simon Cross said Nagico is excited to be a part of what promises to be a very exciting Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League.
Nagico has been a sponsor of the league from the inception and commended the organisors for the 'hard work' they have been doing to make the event a worthwhile one.
'Nagico understands that the event offers an outlet for a huge number of people of the territory. It brings together people to achieve a common goal, teaches valuable lessons in working hard and as a single unit to achieve success. It also offers valuable lessons in defeat and how to handle those situations,' Mr Cross said.
Also present at the launching were Chairperson of the League Committee, Mrs Kharid T. Fraser, and League Commissioner Derrick R. Varlack.
Tremendous success anticipated
The Fourth Edition of the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed League bounces off on August 20, 2016 and wraps up on October 30, 2016.
The defending champions are West Gunners. Ruff House won the first edition, while Bayside Blazers captured the championship in 2014.
The fourth edition of the league, according to Hon Fraser, promises to be a tremendous success, learning from the experiences of the past.
'I have no reason to doubt that the changes made during the third year of the league will be of tremendous benefit to the league in 2016.'
Sponsors of the league include Digicel, Nagico Insurances, Sol, FirstCaribbean International Bank, National Bank of the Virgin Islands, Caribbean Insurers, Tropical Car Rentals, James Todman Construction, Walkers, Ojier's, and the BVI Olympic Committee.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Basketball Federation's National League came alive last night, Wednesday June 15, 2016, when Mad Mix repelled the Stingers, 84-81, in front of a large crowd at the Multi Purpose Sports Complex. The Stingers had routed all previous opponents with a star studded line up of young exciting talent, but found a determined, disciplined Mad Mix in no mood to put up with losing and showing they were not in awe of their illustrious opponents. The Mix also have some key... [read more]
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Basketball Federation's National League came alive last night, Wednesday June 15, 2016, when Mad Mix repelled the Stingers, 84-81, in front of a large crowd at the Multi Purpose Sports Complex. The Stingers had routed all previous opponents with a star studded line up of young exciting talent, but found a determined, disciplined Mad Mix in no mood to put up with losing and showing they were not in awe of their illustrious opponents.
The Mix also have some key players and on the night the likes of Kimron Telemaque, Jahkeele Stevens and Stephon Caul more than matched the likes of D'Moi M. Hodge, Noel Maxwell, Ajai Frett and Tyler Cameron.
The Stingers led by 2 at the end of the first quarter, 14-12, but down by 1 at the half, 38-39 and from there the game opened up into a fierce end to end battle.
Mad Mix opened up a 3 point lead at the end of the third quarter, 58-55 and led by as much as six points during a frenetic last 10 minutes. With just over 60 seconds remaining it was a 1 point game, 79-78 and Hodge put his team ahead by one following a block, a steal and a basket, all in one flowing move from paint to paint. However, Mad Mix were not to be denied and went ahead by one with 30 seconds remaining following a visit to the charity stripe by Caul.
With 4 seconds on the clock and just one chance left for the Stingers a quick inbound pass and move saw Maxwell's attempted 3 pointer bounce back off the rim and Mad Mix had won.
Stevens top scored with 20 points for Mad Mix, Caul added 19 points with 11 rebounds, Telemaque 11 points, Hakeem Penn notched 10 with 8 rebounds and Jamoi Dore tallied 8 assists.
For the stingers, Hodge picked up 22 points, 18 rebounds and 7 assists, Cameron 15 with 10 rebounds and Omar Walker 19 with 15 rebounds.
The BVI Basketball Federation League had a full slate of games over the last week, including the league's first ever women's contest on Saturday June 11, 2016.
And One topped Another Level 67-41 in the junior division, Krown Heights defeated the Spartans 67-61, and the Kings clobbered Law and Order 134-50.
On Saturday, the night kicked off with the junior division Stingers defeating Young Starz 93-60.
That was followed by the first ever ladies game, with the Lady Bull Dogs notching their first win in a 47-38 contest against the Rams. Alanah Chalwell, Joy Victor and Tamara Phillip all scored in the double digits for the Lady Bull Dogs, and Rams player Shauliqua Fahie led all scorers with 14 points.
The night was topped off All Ah Wee topping East 73-59. All Ah Wee player Aubrey Daniel led all scorers with 22 points.
Two games took place Sunday 12, 2016. In the junior division, Mad Mix beat down the Celtics 103-67, and Legs demolished Zero Tolerance 112-39.
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