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.
Planning starts for Hon Julian Fraser STS 2017 B/Ball League - 4 days ago
DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- Planning for the 2017 Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League has started. The League Committee held its first meeting last week to put plans in motion for its popular Basketball League where rings are given to the championship team each year. The League, founded by Hon Julian Fraser RA, the Representative for the Third District, and Bishop John I. Cline of the Save the Seed Energy Centre, will be celebrating its fifth anniversary. League Co... [read more]
DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- Planning for the 2017 Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League has started. The League Committee held its first meeting last week to put plans in motion for its popular Basketball League where rings are given to the championship team each year. The League, founded by Hon Julian Fraser RA, the Representative for the Third District, and Bishop John I. Cline of the Save the Seed Energy Centre, will be celebrating its fifth anniversary.
League Committee Chairperson Mrs Kharid T. Fraser said, 'in the coming weeks some announcements will be made on several League matters, including amendments to the By-Laws, presentation of rings to the first league 2013 Championship team Ruff House and other logistics for the 2017 Season, including dates and the Draft.'
5 years of basketball
As the League celebrates its 5th anniversary, the 2017 season is expected to be even more exciting and competitive. The senior championship team is given rings and the current 2016 Champion team, Splash Brothers, will be awarded their rings at the opening of the league later in the summer.
It is not clear at this time if there will be any added entertainment or event in recognition of the 5th anniversary of the league as a follow up with Mrs Fraser and League Director/Founder Hon Fraser was not successful up to the time of publication.
The Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League was founded in 2013 by both Hon Fraser and Bishop Cline. Games are played at the Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duff's Bottom on Tortola. There have been four Championship teams thus far and their banners have been put to hang in the Save the Seed Energy Centre Arena, the home of the League.
In 2013 Ruff House was the first Championship Team, in 2014 it was Bayside Blazers, 2015 West Gunners and in 2016 Splash Brothers.
The Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed League is governed by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) rules, endorsed by the BVI Basketball Federation, and has its own by-laws and governing committee.
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ - Jimmie Taylor (Branford, FL/Suwannee) scored a career-high 37 points on 12-of-17 shooting, including 7-of-8 from long range, as the Rider University men's basketball team outran Quinnipiac, 112-107, Saturday afternoon at Alumni Gymnasium. The 112 points are tied for the second-most by a Rider team in regulation behind the 1954-55 squad, which cruised past Lincoln, 121-82. Rider teams also scored 112 in regulation in 1995-96 (vs. LIU Brooklyn) and 1960-61 (vs. Montclair... [read more]
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ - Jimmie Taylor (Branford, FL/Suwannee) scored a career-high 37 points on 12-of-17 shooting, including 7-of-8 from long range, as the Rider University men's basketball team outran Quinnipiac, 112-107, Saturday afternoon at Alumni Gymnasium. The 112 points are tied for the second-most by a Rider team in regulation behind the 1954-55 squad, which cruised past Lincoln, 121-82. Rider teams also scored 112 in regulation in 1995-96 (vs. LIU Brooklyn) and 1960-61 (vs. Montclair St.).
The Broncs (14-12, 7-8 MAAC) shot a season-high 58.6 percent (34-58), including 68.4 percent (13-19) from long range. The last time Rider shot better from the floor was Feb. 14, 2013 (.591 vs. Saint Peter's) and the last time the Broncs shot better from long range came on Jan. 24, 2008 (.700 vs. Manhattan). Quinnipiac slipped to 10-16 (7-9 MAAC) with the setback.
Kahlil Thomas (Parkway, FL/Blanche Ely) added 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds before fouling out in 27 minutes. Kealen Washington-Ives (Providence, RI/Classical/Putnam Science) posted his second-straight double-double with career-highs of 19 points and 12 assists, while also grabbing five rebounds. Norville Carey (201-F-93) (British Virgin Islands/Red Lion Christian [Southern Miss]) also added 17 points, eight rebounds and five steals. Xavier Lundy (Paulsboro, NJ/Paulsboro) chipped in with eight points and six assists.
Chaise Daniels scored a team-high 23 points and added five assists for Quinnipiac. Phil Winston added 19 points and eight assists, while Peter Kiss and Andrew Robinson had 17 points apiece. Mikey Dixon also had 15 points, but shot just 5-of-18 and missed all seven of his shots from inside the three-point arc.
'First and foremost, I'm just glad to get the win,' said Rider Head Coach Kevin Baggett. 'A lot of things we can go back and correct, especially our defense giving up 107 points. I can't say it was fun, but we found a way to win and that's most important. We really needed to win for a number of different reasons - for the league and just for us to get back up in the league and hopefully build some momentum.'
The Broncs came out red hot offensively in the first half, hitting on 60 percent (18-30) from the floor and 80 percent (8-10) from long range. The Broncs knocked down their first eight three-point attempts and led by as many as 11 points on three occasions. But an 8-2 Quinnipiac spurt to end the half cut the Broncs lead to 47-42. Quinnipiac shot 51.5 percent (17-33) in the first half and turned 11 Rider turnovers into 13 points.
Thomas led the Broncs with 15 points and six rebounds at the break, while Taylor hit all four of his three-point attempts en route to 14 points. Carey added seven points and two steals, while Washington-Ives added five points and seven assists. Daniels led Quinnipiac with 12 points, while Kiss added 10 points and Dixon chipped in with nine.
'[Taylor] is the best shooter on our team,' said Washington-Ives. 'So when you see a couple go through, you know you've got to get him the next one. As they keep going in, you just build more confidence in him and want to get him the ball.'
Quinnipiac's hot play to end the first half continued into the second as the Bobcats started the period on a 13-2 run. Winston scored the first five points to tie the game at 47-47 and after a Thomas bucket inside, Dixon gave the Bobcats their first lead of the game on a three-pointer. The lead swelled to six on a Daniels jumper and another Dixon three.
'I thought they did a good job of making their run. And then our seniors gathered our guys and did a good job of rallying guys and just saying, 'stay together.' We talked about that early this morning, about staying together through adversity, through the highs and lows of the game. I thought Jimmie and Kealen and Lilly and Norville and X, I thought they all did a good job of just huddling and staying together.'
Washington-Ives made a pair of threes to get the Broncs back to within one, before Taylor followed suit with two trifectas of his own to put the Broncs back on top by three. Daniels and Kiss followed with buckets in the paint to put Quinnipiac back in front by one, but Taylor scored a fast-break bucket at the 12:06 mark to spark a 17-0 Rider run. The Broncs would build the lead to as many as 18 points.
A series of three-pointers from Quinnipiac would whittle the Rider lead to as few as five points twice in the final 10 seconds, but that's as close as the Bobcats could draw.
'This is what we were at the beginning of the year when we were having success and the leadership that our seniors bring,' said Baggett. 'I thought they got back to doing that. I think guys are in the right mind frame. Sometimes when you go through some lulls and things don't go your way, you have to find a way to make them go your way.'
For the game, the Broncs outshot the Bobcats, 58.6 percent (34-58) to 48.7 percent (38-78) from the floor, 68.4 percent (13-19) to 42.1 percent (16-38) from long range and 86.1 percent (31-36) to 68.2 percent (15-22) from the free-throw line. The Broncs took a 36-34 edge on the boards and outscored Quinnipiac, 20-2, on fast-break points. The Bobcats enjoyed a 26-9 edge in second-chance points.
The Broncs return to action Monday, when they travel to Fairfield. Tip-off from George Bisacca Court at Alumni Hall is scheduled for 7 p.m.
St. Frances found a bright spot in a season in which they missed the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference tournament for the first time since 2004. The host Panthers (13-16, 5-10) became the third team this year, the others being St. Maria Goretti and Calvert Hall, to beat No. 1 Mount Saint Joseph. St. Frances rallied from a 15-point deficit to force overtime and win, 69-67, in basketball Friday night. Elijah Epps made a 3-pointer with 57 seconds left to force over... [read more]
St. Frances found a bright spot in a season in which they missed the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference tournament for the first time since 2004.
The host Panthers (13-16, 5-10) became the third team this year, the others being St. Maria Goretti and Calvert Hall, to beat No. 1 Mount Saint Joseph. St. Frances rallied from a 15-point deficit to force overtime and win, 69-67, in basketball Friday night.
Elijah Epps made a 3-pointer with 57 seconds left to force overtime. Epps finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Eral Penn also scored 20 points for St. Frances and freshman Adrian Baldwin and Jordan Toles combined for 23 points and 13 rebounds.
The Gaels (28-3, 15-0) were without Jalen Smith, who was injured before the game.
Mount Saint Joseph "dominated the first half," according to St. Frances assistant coach Damon Fisher. But a switch to man-to-man defense sparked the rally. Coach Nick Myles switched the defense back to zone in the final minute of overtime and the Gaels did not get a shot off on the last two possessions.
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