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Coach of Splash Brothers Kareem L. Thomas aka Sally Black fired! - Oct 2, 2016


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DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- The most popular, highly anticipated and competitive Basketball League in the Virgin Islands (VI), the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League where players, managers, owners and coaches are born, is making waves again.
Since the League started in 2013 each year a coach has made headlines by being fired because of the intense competition and how seriously teams take winning as they play for both Rings and Trophies.

In 2015, for example, we all remembered the Team that made Championship- Knights- fired their Head Coach Verne W. Turnbull.

Splash Brothers' Sally Black Out!

Well word just reaching our sports desk is that Splash Brothers, the 2015 Eastern Division Champions in the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League, reportedly fired their Head Coach Kareem L. Thomas aka Sally Black a few days ago.

This was confirmed by Team founder Shamoii A. Dagou. Speaking exclusively to our newsroom today, October 1, 2016 Mr Dagou claimed that Mr Thomas was fired because 'he can't coach and he was holding back the players.'

The team, which is from Belle Vue on the main Island of Tortola, struggled this year to win and have lost 4 games with 3 wins. They have one more game to play to possibly secure a spot in the top four to make the playoffs.

Coach Thomas fires back!


However, former Head Coach Mr Thomas has fired back. He said the team 'lacks discipline' and denied that he was fired but said he 'stepped down'. Meanwhile, Team Founder Mr Dagou has confirmed that because of all the conflicts and low morale of the team under Mr Thomas, the Head Coach did advise the team that he was willing to step down and that is when he was told 'not to come back...so he was fired.'

This season, at one of the Splash Brothers' games, an internal physical fight almost broke out between two members of the team but the situation was quickly brought under control by other team Members.

No New Coach selected!

When asked by our newsroom if they had hired a new Head Coach, Mr Dagou said 'not as yet'.

At the game last night September 30, 2016 in the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League against We Dem Boyz, it appeared that the Splash Brothers Draft Pick, Basketball veteran Steve E. Parillon, was coaching.

Chairwoman of the League Mrs Kharid T. Fraser or Commissioner Derrick R. Varlack could not be reached for comments before publication time.

The Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League was founded in 2013 by Bishop John I Cline of the New Life Baptist Church and founder of the Save the Seed Energy Centre, along with Hon Julian Fraser RA, the Third District Representative and Leader of the Opposition.

This has been the only Basketball League in the VI that has introduced a Draft System that continues to bring competiveness and excitement to the sport.

Meanwhile, games continue this evening in the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed League:

Saturday, October 1, 2016


6:00 PM Pure Playaz vs Community One

7:30 PM Red Zone vs Warrias

9:00 PM Winning Mentality vs West Gunners

10:30 PM Next vs Starz

Sunday, October 2, 2016- NO GAMES, New Life Baptist Church Power Plus begins!

Friday, October 7, 2016- NO GAMES, New Life Baptist Church Power Plus ends!

Saturday, October 8, 2016- NO GAMES, Digicel Jump Start activities with the Department of Youth Affairs & Sports.   




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