ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - After two days of feverish action, the Championship games brought to a close the K and J 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament on Sunday April 2, 2017 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. The games had begun on the previous day with 9-12 Boys, 13-15 Boys, Open Ladies, 16-18 Boys and Open Men's games under a first to 21 or time elapsed format.
Teams were also given the chance to survive an early defeat under the rules of Double Elimination, which allows for a team to lose twice before being completely knocked out of contention.
When all was said and done, the trophies went to Clutch in the 9-12 bracket, Arrow Gang in the 13-15's and Go Hard in the Ladies. Junior Bayside Blazers won the 16-18 bracket and Relentless the Men's Open.
The Junior Bayside Blazers players were Devante A. Brewley, Jachoy M. S. Walwyn, Nixon M. Hamilton and Lestin S. Wiltshire. Nathaniel J. Malone was the coach for the Junior Bayside Blazers team as well as the coach for the Senior Bayside Blazers squad.
'It was a good turnout,' commented Co-Director, Jason A. Edwin. 'They were competitive from start to finish and the excitement has given us the energy and drive to sit down with all the sponsors and stakeholders to plan for season four.' Controversial win for Relentless
At the beginning on March 2, 2017 of the game between Bayside Blazers and Relentless it appeared that the basketball was thrown by a Bayside Blazers' player, Dextroy D. Manswell, to Ray D. Victor. This resulted in an aggressive move by Mr Victor, who threw the ball back at Mr Manswell in a hostile manner.
Mr Manswell then pushed Mr Victor, which almost started a fight before the game. Team mate Juan R. Hatchett for Relentless also intervened showing much disrespect to the referees and threatening also to fight the referees.
He was given a technical by the referee and he continued his unsportsmanlike behaviour and was eventually thrown out of the game. Another team player from Relentless, Victor, was also given a technical, and in fact both teams, Bayside Blazers and Relentless, were given warnings and technicals.
With Mr Juan R. Hatchett out of the game and the match up ready to re-start, the Directors of the K & J tournament intervened again, overriding the referees' decision and causing further confusion and controversy before the game was played.
I was wrong- Victor
Meanwhile, Victor told Virgin Islands News Online that he was in the wrong to have retaliated and that he has no issues with Mr Manswelloff the court!
"Our issues go way back from the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed League when we threw his team [Bayside Blazers] out of the tournament. I have no issues with Mr Manswell off the court.'
Relating the incident, Mr Victor said he had 'made a big move' and scored on the big man Manswell. 'I yelled out 'he small' referring to Manswell because I know he don't like to hear that. It was like a Michael Jordan taunt and I was walking past him. That was when he threw the ball in my chestwhen I was walking off.
Mr Victor further said he retaliated by chest passing the ball back to Mr Manswell's chest and asked him why he threw the ball at him.' At this time, according to Mr Victor, the referee intervened.
Mr Manswell then reportedly walked up to Mr Victor and told him 'don't ever do it again' and pushed Mr Victor.
Further, Mr Victor said his team mate Mr Juan R. Hatchett became upset after he, Victor, was given a technical even though he did not initiate the confrontation and was the one "chucked."
Victor added that both him and Hatchett were thrown out of the game, however, it was one of the tournament directors, Mr Kennedy H. Bass, that intervened and restored order, allowing both men to continue playing.
For their win, the Relentless team of Shaquille T. Fonseca, Ray D. Victor, Romain D. Minott and Juan R. Hatchett pocketed a cash prize of $1200.
We will continue to participate- Willock
When contacted, Bayside Blazers Manager Julian Willock declined to comment on the controversy, stating that he continues to support the K&J 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament and will continue to have teams participate.
Director of the K&J 3 on 3 Tournament, Mr Jason A. Edwin also declined to comment specifically on the controversy, choosing instead to say that the organisors were pleased with the level of performance at the tournament.
'Fans and players enjoyed the weekend. We have seen areas where we could make some adjustments and will do so to ensure things run a lot smoothly for the fans and players alike.'
Oil Nut Bay hosts local basketball team Bayside Blazers - 2 days ago
PRESS RELEASE - The local basketball team Bayside Blazers, founded in 2014, was on April 14 hosted for a tour and lunch at the world famous Oil Nut Bay, on the island of Virgin Gorda, BVI. Both members and players from the junior Bayside Blazers and the senior Basketball team were in attendance, and were invited by the owner of Oil Nut Bay who is millionaire Mr David V. Johnson - the Chairman of Victor International. Oil Nut Bay is a sponsor of the Bayside Blazers Basketball Team. Alway... [read more]
PRESS RELEASE - The local basketball team Bayside Blazers, founded in 2014, was on April 14 hosted for a tour and lunch at the world famous Oil Nut Bay, on the island of Virgin Gorda, BVI.
Both members and players from the junior Bayside Blazers and the senior Basketball team were in attendance, and were invited by the owner of Oil Nut Bay who is millionaire Mr David V. Johnson - the Chairman of Victor International. Oil Nut Bay is a sponsor of the Bayside Blazers Basketball Team.
Always be your best - Johnson
Once on the high-end property, Mr Johnson gave the team a motivational speech on what it takes to succeed, relevant life lessons about his businesses, winning, and his injury in a pool accident when he was just 28 and was told he would never walk again.
The businessman encouraged team members to always have some focus, and ensure to strive to be in good mental and physical health. 'Be motivated and give it your best, while valuing the importance of team work in which every member plays their role.'
Mr Johnson, a visionary developer, has spent more than $100M of his own money on infrastructural development for Oil Nut Bay located on the eastern tip of Virgin Gorda.
The multi-million dollar Oil Nut Bay Project, when completed, will include high-end homes for sale that could range from $20M and up, with its own water and electricity, sports facilitates, children's centre, a marina village with over 91 berths, shops, and a second restaurant - to name a few.
Many North American and European rich and famous have already purchased completed homes on Oil Nut Bay, as the project is expected to be ongoing for another ten to fifteen years, pumping money into the local British Virgin Islands economy.
Besides sponsorship of sporting events, Mr Johnson, through his Victor International, has dedicated a foundation to supporting social events on Virgin Gorda, according to Senior Executive Clyde Lettsome, who was also instrumental in organising the teams' visit.
Bayside Blazers more than Basketball - Willock
Bayside Blazers Manager Julian Willock said the members and players who were able to make it out on 'Good Friday' were impressed with the development, along with the 'wise words from Mr Johnson'.
'Our team is more than basketball,' stated Mr Willock. 'What we say to our sponsors is that our players want jobs, scholarships, mentoring, and business opportunities, as we want to provide support for the other needs of the player.'
Mr Willock, a former Permanent Secretary with the Government of the BVI, said he came away from the visit with a new perspective on the project and works ongoing at Oil Nut Bay. 'I left with a clear understanding of how this project contributes to the local economy.'
He added that he trusts that some of the Bayside Blazers players will also embrace the 'entrepreneurial spirit of Mr Johnson and become the next local millionaire developer'.
A history of winning
Bayside Blazers, in 2014, won the Championship rings in the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League on Tortola. In 2015 and 2016, they also participated in the same League, making the play-offs in both years.
In 2016, Bayside Blazers were the men open's Champions in the now popular K & J 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament.
In addition, just about two weeks ago, Bayside Blazers won the 16-18 Championship in the K & J Tournament - a first for the newly formed Junior Bayside Blazers. The senior team made the K & J 3 on 3 Championship men playoffs, but did not win.
This year, Bayside Blazers will have a 'B' Division Team in the Federation League in Road Town, Tortola, and they are considering both a Jr and Sr team in the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed League, according to their Head Coach.
Persons making the trip on April 14, 2017 to Oil Nut Bay, Virgin Gorda, besides Mr Willock, were Bayside Blazers Head Coach Rhennie O. Phipps; players Dion M. Blyden, Ryan R. Alfred, Frankly L. Penn, Kimani T. Stevens; and a baller who played with the team for the 2017 3 on 3 K & J Tournament, Killven M. Samuel.
In addition, the Junior Bayside Blazers players in attendance were Devante A. Brewley, Jachoy M. S. Walwyn and Nixon M. Hamilton.
Bayside Blazers has attracted many of the Territory's top basketball players as well as overseas players from Trinidad and Tobago, St Kitts and Nevis, and the United States Virgin Islands.
DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- Teams in the 5th Annual Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League will be literally going for gold, gold rings that is. The League has announced that in celebration of its 5th year anniversary, the 2017 Championship team will be awarded gold rings. This is according to Chairwoman of the League Committee, Mrs Kharid T. Fraser. She said in a press release issued April 25, 2017 that, 'it was thought that as the League reached this milestone we ha... [read more]
DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- Teams in the 5th Annual Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League will be literally going for gold, gold rings that is. The League has announced that in celebration of its 5th year anniversary, the 2017 Championship team will be awarded gold rings. This is according to Chairwoman of the League Committee, Mrs Kharid T. Fraser.
She said in a press release issued April 25, 2017 that, 'it was thought that as the League reached this milestone we had to do something different, and we thought that gold rings will be appropriate to show our appreciation to the players, coaches and managers for their hard work, commitment and dedication to the League.'
It is not clear at this time if Digicel BVI will be sponsoring the rings as they have done for the past three years, and Mrs Fraser told this news site she was not at liberty to disclose who the sponsor will be.
Nevertheless, the announcement is sure to add further excitement and intense competition among teams in this year's league.
Mrs Fraser promised; however, that in the coming weeks a date will be made public on the schedule of the 2017 season, which will begin in August.
New Jr League ages
Meanwhile, Mrs Fraser added that the By-Laws that govern the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League were amendment by the League Committee and approved by the Directors to make provision for two different age groups for the Junior League.
Effective in the 2017 season there will be a 9 to 12 and 13 to 16 age group. The Junior League coordinator is basketball superstar Mr Jason A. Edwin.
Mrs Fraser also thanked the many sponsors who have supported the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League over the past four years.
The League was founded in 2013 by Hon Julian Fraser RA, the Third District Representative and Bishop John I. Cline of the Save the Seed Energy Centre and New Life Baptist Church.
The objectives of the Basketball League include to provide wholesome basketball competitive games in a family environment while promoting discipline and respect for each player, fans, the League Committee, the game, God and country.
DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- Led by Most Valuable Player (MVP) and veteran basketball player, Kennedy Bass(196-F-81, college: Anderson, SC), East pulled off a decisive 64-62 win over the Lions on Sunday April 23, 2017 at the Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duff's Bottom, Tortola to lift the Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines District Six Basketball Championship. The series was tied at 1-1 after games on Friday and Saturday, but both teams were full of energy and dynamic plays during game 3, which saw... [read more]
DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- Led by Most Valuable Player (MVP) and veteran basketball player, Kennedy Bass (196-F-81, college: Anderson, SC), East pulled off a decisive 64-62 win over the Lions on Sunday April 23, 2017 at the Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duff's Bottom, Tortola to lift the Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines District Six Basketball Championship. The series was tied at 1-1 after games on Friday and Saturday, but both teams were full of energy and dynamic plays during game 3, which saw the East lead from wire to wire, but never able to close out their opponents.
Taking a four-point lead into the second quarter, the East pulled away to lead 34-25 at the half and carried a six-point lead at 48-42 into the final 8 minutes.
The Lions came out aggressively to pull within two points as the clock ran down and despite two free throws from Ray D. Victor, who also gave away a Technical Foul on the same play, the Lions kept coming.
They controlled the ball into the dying seconds and had two attempts to level the game, including one at the buzzer, but Bass and the East would not be denied.
Bass finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds, Ray D. Victor also 16 points with 3 rebounds and Douron Phillip 18 points.
'A great duel'
Bass was a tired but happy man to not only be MVP, but also part of a Championship team. 'Yes we are very pleased and it was a great duel. Playing 3 games in a row was tough, but we held on for the victory. They [Lions] came out more aggressive in the fourth quarter, as they had to, being behind, but we stayed together defensively, stuck it out and made some key plays when it mattered.'
Tournament organiser Eustace 'Boss' Freeman was also happy with the ways things had gone. 'This year we included the 'B' Division, so it was great to see the High School Boys involved. All the games have been exciting and competitive and [we] look forward to building the Tournament with more teams and fans coming out to support what we are doing.'
See previous article published April 23, 2017
East edge Lions to win Hon Maduro-Caines Sr League
Experience trumped youth, although very narrowly, when East defeated Lions in the deciding championship game of the Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines Senior Men's Basketball League at the Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duff's Bottom, Tortola this evening, April 23, 2017.
Going into the best of three final at 1-1, after Lions of Purcell drew first blood on Friday April 21, 2017 and East hitting back on Saturday, East prevailed 64-62 in the final clash.
The game was billed as a matchup of youth and experience, with East boasting players such as Ray D. Victor, Kennedy H. Bass, Kerry J. Thomas, Cedrick King and Phillip Glasgow, while Lions had on their side players such as Dion M. Blyden, Jevon K. Serrant, Devorn H. Furlonge, Stephon S. Caul and Kimron A. Telemaque.
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