The SKB Ballers, a 13-member strong National Female Basketball Team, left the Federation on Tuesday 25th November 2008 for Antigua where they participated in the 9th Annual Gillian Brazier female basketball tournament.
The team, led by Coach Romel Tobias , Assistant Coach Tyrone O'Loughlin and Captain Kyrle Chumney, is participating for the fifth time. The team captured the tournaments silver medal after a hard fought 68 52 loss against arch rivals Antigua's Lady Vipers, at the JSC Sports complex on Sunday night. The game was evenly matched but with many intense moments. Lady Vipers led the first quarter 14 12, and St. Kitts the half 31 30. However, St. Kitts lost composure after the resumption to give Lady Vipers a 10pts lead at the end of the third, and a little too late effort in the fourth. Carol Warner had 14pts and Leondra Cotton 13pts, 6 rebounds, 3 assists. . The SKB Ballers is a mixture of youth and experience and includes four-time All Tournament Player, Leandra Cotton and veterans Carol Warner and Avril McKoy. Leondra Cotton and Pamella 'Pats' Huggins made the All-Tourmanet team.
This year, the Gillian Brazier Tournament involved teams from Antigua , Barbuda, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Coach Tobias said that although the team fell short of championship glory he is still quite satisfied with their performance. He thanked everyone who assisted with the teams preparations including Tyrone OLoughlin; Assistant Coach; Vernice Morton, Physiotherapist; Jamoy Gumbs, Trainer; Elvis Williams; Bertram Richards, and Vanessa Paris.
He also expressed his profound thanks to Mr. Lindsay Grant who was the teams major sponsor. Appreciation was also extended to other sponsors including the National Olympic Committee , Joey Deane and Associates,S.L Horsford & Co. Ltd and Island Rythyms. Mr.Lindsay Grant was at the airport to see the team off and gave the team some much appreciated words of encouragement and wished them well .
Courtesy of ST.KITTS SPORTS NEWS
St. Kitts take the 3rd Place honours - Apr 6, 2012
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St. Kitts defeated the Combined /Select Team (made up of mainly school players plus some senior players) 41 - 30, to take the 3rd Place honours in the 12th Annual Gillian Brazier Basketball Shoot-Out, at the JSC Sports Complex on Sunday night, March 18th.
For St. Kitts: Diana Palmer 13pt; and Pamela Huggins 14pts. For Combined/Select: Tyea Ladoo 7pts; Jess St [read more]
1st Game: St. Kitts defeated the Combined /Select Team (made up of mainly school players plus some senior players) 41 - 30, to take the 3rd Place honours in the 12th Annual Gillian Brazier Basketball Shoot-Out, at the JSC Sports Complex on Sunday night, March 18th.
For St. Kitts: Diana Palmer 13pt; and Pamela Huggins 14pts. For Combined/Select: Tyea Ladoo 7pts; Jess St. John 12pts.
2nd Game: Guyana made light work of CPTSA Wings in a blow-out affair 72 32 to capture the 12th Annual Gillian Brazier Basketball Championship title for the first time in their two appearances in the tournament.
Both teams started the first quarter cold, but Wings took a 5 pts lead but could not hold on due to injury of two key-players: Amanda Edwards and Keshorna Aubrey.
Guyana took over the reins at the end of the quarter, and there was no looking back for them. For Guyana: Shantelle Nelson sank 18pts; Nyota Peters 17pts; Tamera Hunter 12pts.
TEAM PLACING: Champions: Guyana; 2nd CPTSA Wings; 3rd St. Kitts; 4th Select Team
INDIVIDUAL AWARDS: Most Points: Tyea Ladoo Select Team Most Assists: Dianna Palmer St. Kitts Most Block Shots: Alex Clarke: CPTSA Wings Most Rebounds: Jesse St. John Select Team Most Steals: Kennesia Cabral CPTSA Wings Most Outstanding Rookie: Alex Clarke CPTSA Wings Most Valuable Player: Shantelle Nelson Guyana
ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM 1. Robertine Frederick CPTSA Wings 2. Alex Clarke CPTSA Wings 3. Amanda Edwards CPTSA Wings 4. Keishorna Aubrey CPTSA Wings 5. Jesse St. John Select Team 6. Tyea Ladoo Select Team 7. Dianna Palmer St. Kitts 8. Pamela Huggins St. Kitts 9. Alicia Wigley St. Kitts 10. Natasha Alder Guyana 11. Nicola Jacobs Guyana 12. Shantelle Nelson - Guyana
The 12th Annual Gillian Brazier Basketball Shoot-Out was sponsored by: Hutchinson (Antigua) Ltd, Antigua/Barbuda Social Security, APUA, Youth Basketball Of America, GIGI Industries Ltd, Harney Motors Ltd, General Insurance Co. Ltd., Subway, Stitch World, Global Bank of Commerce, and Photo Shack.
The 13th Annual Gillian Brazier Basketball Shoot-Out will be schedule in May 2013. Courtesy of: caribbeanbasketball.com
Two Women Head new Basketball Association on Nevis - May 22, 2011
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Two women who have in recent times organized Basketball tournaments on Nevis are playing key leading roles in a newly organized Basketball Association on the island. Wanda Parry, who has been instrumental in running the Church Ground Basketball league for the last several years, is the new President of the Association and Veronica Brandy, who has been instrumental in organizing a league in the Gingerland area for the past two years, is her deputy [read more]
Two women who have in recent times organized Basketball tournaments on Nevis are playing key leading roles in a newly organized Basketball Association on the island. Wanda Parry, who has been instrumental in running the Church Ground Basketball league for the last several years, is the new President of the Association and Veronica Brandy, who has been instrumental in organizing a league in the Gingerland area for the past two years, is her deputy. PRO and Assistant Secretary Jan Dash indicated yesterday that the Association was born out of the need for an organized annual tournament on the island. I am not knocking the village leagues---but when they are organized, you never know which month there is always some uncertainty. We want to have an organized league annually and that will be held every year in the month of February, he stated. President Parry noted that due to the fact that the month of February is already gone for this year, her Association is planning a smaller version of a tournament which will be held between the months of August and September of this year and then starting next year, the league will get its official beginnings with the February tournament. The name of the Nevis Basketball Association is NABA which stands for Nevis Amateur Basketball Association. When asked about future connections with the more established SKABA Association based in St.Kitts, the President and the PRO indicated that they would still encourage Nevis teams to participate in the SKABA league but as is the case now, teams will have to make their own financial arrangements for travel and accommodation when playing matches. Ms Parry also noted that if teams from St.Kitts wanted to participate in the Nevis league, they would also be accepted. She further indicated that her new Association has established a good rapport with the SKABA and she has received many suggestions and ideas especially from the SKABA President as to how to promote Basketball on Nevis. Currently there are two Nevisian teams participating in the SKABA league with CG Rebels which made great waves last year in making it to the finals of the Premier league still involved and PJs making their debut appearance in the A division and having won their first game as well. According to PRO Dash, the annual Nevis league will be patterned off the internationally renowned NBA league and all efforts will be made to ensure that the players develop their skill level and that the game of Basketball reaches to hitherto unattained heights on the island. In order to ensure that the standard of the game is improved one of the first projects of the new Association is a hosting of a seminar geared to officials and prospective Basketball officials on the island. The seminar will be held on the evening of Saturday 21st May at a venue to be announced. Persons interested in being Referees, scorers, time keepers etc in local tournaments are kindly invited to be a part of the seminar which will be conducted by officials from SKABA. Dash further noted that 15 teams are already organized and ready to participate in the upcoming tournament and a call is being made to all potential sponsors to come on board with the new Association in its quest to take the game of Basketball to another level. The full slate of individuals elected to serve for the NABA are:
PRESIDENT: SCHAKIMA WANDA PARRY VICE PRESIDENT: VERONICA BRANDY TREASURER: DWAYNE WARNER ASST. TREASURER: KIRT HERBERT SECRETARY: MICHELLE SUTTON PRO & ASST. SECRETARY: JAN DASH
Basseterre, St.Kitts ( March 12th 2009) :-The newly elected SKABA basketball executive met on Wednsday evening at Basketball to discuss and finalise plans for the upcoming 2009 Basketball season.
Matters discussed included the start of the 2009 season which was set and finalized at March 28th for the female and the Junior divisions and 3 weeks later on April 19th with the official opening and the start of the Premeir and A Divisions [read more]
Basseterre, St.Kitts ( March 12th 2009) :-The newly elected SKABA basketball executive met on Wednsday evening at Basketball to discuss and finalise plans for the upcoming 2009 Basketball season. Matters discussed included the start of the 2009 season which was set and finalized at March 28th for the female and the Junior divisions and 3 weeks later on April 19th with the official opening and the start of the Premeir and A Divisions. The Junior division age limit remains the same at 19 and under which means that no one attaining the age of 20 during the year of the season will be allowed to play in the Junior division. The Executive also indicated that referees/coaches clinic which will be held prior to the official start of the league. The clinics will be mandatory for all persons who are interested in coaching teams for the 2009 season. According to an official of the association this will be a keenly monitored aspect of the preparations leading up to the start of the league as it is felt that every coach should be at least SKABA certified in order to ensure a league of a very high standard. Strict dress codes will also be introduced the official stated.
The 2009 season is expected to be full of much interest as Hitters will be trying hard to stave off the exciting Ghetto Roots who they defeated in last years finals, as well as St.Pauls Tuff Knots who have made a change in their coaching staff with St.Clair Buchanan taking over from Dave Connor as Head Coach. Trotters are back in the premier division after spending a year in the A and they too are expected to be contenders as well to dethrone the mighty hitters. Cotton Ground is always the dark horse and 2009 may very well be the breakthrough year for the young athletic team. The A division is relatively wide open. However recently relegated Blue Devils will more than likely be featured in the top 3. The Sandy Point Fruta Flacons and the Lady Blue Devils are expected to once again be very dominant in their respective Junior and Female divisions.
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