National Basketball Championships end in controversy - May 6, 2016
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The National Basketball Championships: The Road to Mecca III ended in controversy Saturday night at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall after Linden's Retrieve Raiders abandoned the game with 9:18 left on the game clock to protest what they believe was biased officiating. Down 51-54 in the national final against Colts, the Linden-based team left the court after referee, Adrian George handed Jason Alonzo double technical fouls for his aggression after George made a previous call. Alonzo was visibly aggrieved. Following the calls, other players from Raiders were incensed with the referees and the team left the court, abandoning the game as a result. Raiders' supporters then started to throw chairs, bottles and other items on the court, bringing the game into disrepute. After a long lull, President of the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF), Nigel Hinds, managed to convince Raiders to return to the Court. Hinds then held a mid-court meeting with all the referees and the video of what transpired was requested. After reviewing the video, Hinds felt that the referees' calls against Raiders were unwarranted. It vindicated Raiders, but sparked another protest from the opposing Colts, which followed Raiders earlier action and left the court. This ended the game with no result. This drama unfolded as the three-quarter packed Sports Hall waited for a little under one hour for the game to resume. Unfortunately, it never did. An otherwise keen contest became a damp squib after every preceding activity had the set the tone for a good game. Candace Fields had wooed the crowed with her rendition of the National Anthem and performers were setting up a riveting climax to the national tournament. Pacesetters had managed to squeeze pass Ravens 78-76 for the third place prize. And in the feature game, the two teams traded points in first quarter with Colts playing half court defensive press and up-tempo offence and Raiders 'bigs' clogging the paint to balance the contest. Raiders led 18-14 after the first quarter. Shelroy Thomas scored seven straight points, including a dagger three-point jumper to put Colts up 23-22. Colts took a 10-point 32-22 lead with Dave Causway three-pointer that capped an 18-4 run. Alonzo finished a put-back that cut Colts lead 31-37 at halftime. Alonzo banged one hard off the glass after Abdulla Hamid nailed a three-pointer for 7-0 run that put Raiders up 38-37 early in third period. The two teams continued to trade points until the issue with the referees and teams developed to bring an unfortunate end to the game. The GABF is affiliated to the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). FIBA rules govern the GABF tournaments. Below is the FIBA rule on protest procedure: FIBA Rule on Protest Procedure If, during a FIBA official competition, a team believes its interests have been adversely affected by a decision of an official [referee or umpire (s)] or by any event that took place during a game, it must proceed in the following manner: C.1 The captain (CAP) of that team shall, immediately at the end of the game, inform the referee that his team is protesting against the result of the game and sign the scoresheet in the space marked 'Captain's signature in case of protest'. To make this protest valid, it is necessary for the official representative of the national federation or the club to give confirmation of this protest in writing. This must be made within 20 minutes following the end of the game. Detailed explanations are not necessary. It is sufficient to write: 'The national federation (or club) X protests against the result of the game between the teams X and Y'. Then he shall deposit with the FIBA representative or with the President of the Technical Committee, a sum equivalent to CHF 1,500, as security. The national federation of the team or the club in question must submit to the FIBA representative or to the Presidentof the Technical Committee the text of its protest within 1 hour following the end of the game. If the decision of the Technical Committee is in favour of the protesting team, the deposit will be refunded. C.2 The referee shall, within 1 hour following the end of the game, report the incident, which leads to the protest, to the FIBA representative or to the President of the Technical Committee. C.3 Should the national federation of the team or the club in question, or that of the opposing team or club, not be in agreement with the decision of the Technical Committee, it may then address an appeal to the Jury of Appeal. To make this appeal valid, it must be made, in writing, within 20 minutes following the delivery of the decision of the Technical Committee and be accompanied by a deposit equivalent to CHF 3,000, as security. If the decision of the Jury of Appeal is in favour of the appealing team, the deposit will be refunded. C.4 Videos, films, pictures or any equipment, visual, electronic, digital, or otherwise, may be used to determine responsibility in matters of discipline or for educational (training) purposes only after the game has ended. Courtesy of: guyanabasketball.com
Colts draw 1st blood over Ravens...League of Champions 2017 - 30 days ago
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The Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association organized League of Champions 2017 entered the final stage of competition with Bounty Colts' senior and Under 23 sides recording resounding victories in the first round of the best of three finals. Playing at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, Homestretch Avenue on Saturday, the Under-23 Colts took on the challenge from Dyna's Ravens. Both teams entered the finals with only one defeat [read more]
The Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association organized League of Champions 2017 entered the final stage of competition with Bounty Colts' senior and Under 23 sides recording resounding victories in the first round of the best of three finals. Playing at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, Homestretch Avenue on Saturday, the Under-23 Colts took on the challenge from Dyna's Ravens. Both teams entered the finals with only one defeat. However, Colts showed why they were the table toppers at the end of the round robin stages as they thrashed Ravens 66-55. In the first quarter Ravens were on top of their game, gaining an early three point lead with the score 11-14. That lead was further extended to five points with Colts trailing 24-29 by the half way stage. Much did not change for Colts in the penultimate quarter even though they secured a one point advantage that ultimately reduced the deficit to four. But the game changer was a massive 26 point final quarter that saw them bamboozle Ravens as the Dyna's boys were strangled for an 11-point period that saw them lose the game 66-55. Meanwhile, in the second match of the night, the Senior Ravens team shared the same faith as their Under-23 counterparts, going down to Colts 58-45. In the first period of proceedings both teams were evenly poised showing their solid defensive work, only managing eight points each. The second period saw Colts take a marginal four point lead as the score stood at 24-20 by the half way mark. The third quarter did not offer much justice to a Ravens side who looked to be slipping away slowly as the lead was lengthened to six with the score at 36-30. Like the first game, the final quarter was also the last nail in the coffin and Ravens sunk further behind as Colts netted a 22 point period, seven more than Ravens to lose 58-45. The action continues with the second of the best out of three contest tonight at the same venue from 19:00h. Courtesy of: guyanabasketball.com
Sonics school UG Trojans in GABA Division I League of Champions - 1 month ago
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Pepsi Sonics schooled University of Guyana Trojans Thursday night at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in the continuation of the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) 'League of Champions' for Division I and Under-23 Clubs. In the Division I game, Sonics topped Trojans 82-72 with shooting guard, Trevor Smith scoring 25 points and grabbing 10 rebounds and guard, Jason Squires adding 14 points. The point guard, Austin Aubrey (196-SG) pitched in with 11 points for Sonics as centre,... [read more]
Pepsi Sonics schooled University of Guyana Trojans Thursday night at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in the continuation of the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) 'League of Champions' for Division I and Under-23 Clubs. In the Division I game, Sonics topped Trojans 82-72 with shooting guard, Trevor Smith scoring 25 points and grabbing 10 rebounds and guard, Jason Squires adding 14 points. The point guard, Austin Aubrey (196-SG) pitched in with 11 points for Sonics as centre, Earl O'Neil also putting up 10 points and seven rebounds. For the University, national forward Akeem Kanhai (183-G-91) scored 19 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for a double-double with guard Quincy Easton adding 16 points. Akil Lewis (183-G-82, college: Lynn) also had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Meanwhile, in the Under-23 competition, Colts bolted passed Plaisance Guardians 64-56 with Jonathan Mangra scoring 19 points and Mikhail Broomes 15 points. Centre, Timothy Thompson had another double-double with 12 points and 22 rebounds. For Plaisance, Andrew Johnson scored 11 points, while Terrence Daniels and Delroy Critchlow had 10 points apiece. Daniels also had 10 rebounds while Critchlow pulled down eight 'boards' for the East Coast-based team. Courtesy of: guyanabasketball.com
Best Balikesir Basketbol Kulubu (BSL) signed 30-year old American (has also Guyanese passport) forward Delroy James (203-100kg-87, college: Rhode Island). He started the season at Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia in Italian Serie A. In 15 games he had 5.1ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.5apg this season. James helped them to make it to the Supercup semifinals. The last season he played at Enisey in Russian league where in 19 FIBA Europe Cup games he recorded 14.7ppg, 7.9rpg, 2.5apg and 1.3spg. James contribute... [read more]
Best Balikesir Basketbol Kulubu (BSL) signed 30-year old American (has also Guyanese passport) forward Delroy James (203-100kg-87, college: Rhode Island). He started the season at Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia in Italian Serie A. In 15 games he had 5.1ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.5apg this season. James helped them to make it to the Supercup semifinals. The last season he played at Enisey in Russian league where in 19 FIBA Europe Cup games he recorded 14.7ppg, 7.9rpg, 2.5apg and 1.3spg. James contributed to his team making it to the FIBA Europe Cup Final Four. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Europe Cup Honorable Mention. James also played 30 games in VTB United League where he averaged 12.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.8apg and 1.1spg. James has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifinals for two years in a row (2010 and 2011). James was also voted Atlantic 10 Sixth Man of the Year back in 2009 at his college time. James is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Israel (Bnei Hasharon), D-League (Oklahoma City Blue) and PBL (New Jersey G-F). James attended Rhode Island University until 2011 and it is his sixth season as a professional player. He could be described:
A solid PF who can adapt himself to inside game. Has good timing for offensive rebounds, can score even from behing the 3-pts arch.
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