#1. This week's number one is former international power forward Kibwe Trim (208-84, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: Sacred Heart, currently plays in South Korea). He was the major contributor in an Anyang KGC's victory against the closely-ranked Goyang Orions (6-6) 80-65 in the South Korean KBL in Saturday night's game.
Trim recorded 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks in 20 minutes on the court.
Anyang KGC (7-5) is placed fifth in the KBL.
It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
It's Trim's first year with the team.
This season he averages: 3.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 2FGP: 46.2% and FT: 54.5% in the 10 games he played so far.
Trim played for the Trinidad and Tobago senior national team two years ago.
#2. Second place goes to former international point guard Ian Young (191-81, college: Auburn, currently plays in Mexico), who plays in the Mexican LNBP (second division). He could not help Lechugueros (6-15) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Young's very good performance Lechugueros was edged 71-69 at home by the higher-ranked Huracanes (#9).
He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and making 10 passes.
Young has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 6.0apg, 1.3spg, 3FGP: 35.3% and FT: 72.7%.
Young is a naturalized American.
He played for the Trinidad and Tobago national team in 2010.
Strangely Young has never played in Trinidad and Tobago.
#3. The Trinidad and Tobago player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado, currently plays in Japan). He led Fukuoka Rizing to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Shiga L-Stars (3-6) crushing them 99-75 in the Japanese BJ League on Saturday night.
Ashby recorded 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 32 minutes.
Fukuoka Rizing (6-3) is placed fifth in Western group.
It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
It's Ashby's first year with the team.
He has relatively good stats this season: 12.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 44.7% and FT: 76.2% in the nine games.
Ashby played for the Trinidad and Tobago national team two years ago.
#4. Center Kyle Rowley (213-90, currently plays in NCAA1) contributed to an easy victory against the Sonoma State University (3-2) crushing them 95-69 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game.
Rowley scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 10 minutes.
The Saint Mary's College of California has 0-0 conference record this season.
This year Rowley's overall stats are: 7.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.8bpg in the four games.
He used to play for the Trinidad and Tobago national team
back in 2009.
#5. Former U17 international forward Moriba De Freitas (206-91, currently plays in NCAA1) was not able to help the Pepperdine (0-0) in their game against the Cal State - Northridge (0-0) in the NCAA. De Freitas cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones.
He recorded only 2 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks.
The Pepperdine was defeated 81-75 on the road by the Cal State - Northridge.
De Freitas' total stats this season are: 7.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.8bpg.
He used to play for the Trinidad and Tobago U17 national team
five years ago.
The list of other players, who all have Trinidad and Tobago passport but never been selected to any of Trinidad and Tobago national teams:
#1.Joey Haywood (185-PG-84, currently plays in NBLCanada) was the major contributor in a Halifax Rainmen's victory against the Moncton Miracles (1-2) 87-83 in the NBL Canada in Thursday night's game.
He scored 21 points, grabbed 5 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 3 balls.
The Halifax Rainmen has 2-2 record this season.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
This season Haywood has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.8apg.
He has a dual citizenship: Trinidad and Tobago and Canadian.
#2. Experienced Shawn Myers (198-G/F-69, college: W.Georgia, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British BBL could not help Cheshire Jets (2-6) in their last game. Despite Myers' very good performance Cheshire Jets lost 84-97 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#4) Worcester Wolves.
He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds in 36 minutes.
But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go.
Myers belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #7 with 8.6rpg.
This year he also averages: 12.1ppg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg in the eight games he played so far.
Myers is another player who holds two passports: Trinidad and Tobago and British.
#3.D'or Fischer (211-C-81, college: W.Virginia, currently plays in VTB United League) was not able to help BC Donetsk (2-3) in their game against Krasnie Krilya (3-2) in the VTB United League. He did not beat the league record on Saturday evening.
Fischer scored only 3 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 3 blocks.
The sixth-placed BC Donetsk was defeated 64-59 in Samara by the higher-ranked Krasnie Krilya (#5) in the group A of VTB United League.
Fischer is the league's best blocker.
His overall stats this season are: 7.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.8bpg.
Fischer is a naturalized American.
Apparently he has never played in Trinidad and Tobago.
Other top Trinidad and Tobago players, who play abroad:
Trinidad and Tobago center Kyle Rowley (7') contributed a double-double, 15pts & 10rebs, to help his team Araberri to a close 81-79 win over Magia Huesca in the Spanish LEB Gold league on November 4. With the win Araberri (4-3 record) moved to sixth place in the standings which they share with four other teams. Rowley is currently averaging 9.4ppg & 6.9rpg. Over in Finland, veteran guard Ian Young (6-4) scored 14pts and 4 assists in a losing effort as KTP Basket went under 68-78 against... [read more]
Trinidad and Tobago center Kyle Rowley (7') contributed a double-double, 15pts & 10rebs, to help his team Araberri to a close 81-79 win over Magia Huesca in the Spanish LEB Gold league on November 4. With the win Araberri (4-3 record) moved to sixth place in the standings which they share with four other teams. Rowley is currently averaging 9.4ppg & 6.9rpg.
Over in Finland, veteran guard Ian Young (6-4) scored 14pts and 4 assists in a losing effort as KTP Basket went under 68-78 against 2nd ranked Kataja Basket (6-2) on November 4. With the loss KTP Basket is 7th ranked with a 3-6 record. Young has a season average of 10.4ppg.
In Italy, forward Chris Joseph (6-7) had 13pts for 9th ranked Enel Brindisi in an 84-69 victory over 15th ranked Vanoli Cremona in the Serie A Division. Thus far, Joseph is averaging 8.4ppg. Meanwhile, his elder brother Maurice Joseph, who represented Trinidad & Tobago at the 2010 Centrobasket Championships, has been appointed as the Interim Head Coach, George Washington University.
Across in Denmark, guard Devaughn Akoon-Purcell scored 15pts with 5rebs for Danish team Bakken in a losing effort, 57-94, against French Monaco in the Euro Basketball Championship League on November 1. However, on November 3 Akoon-Purcell had a huge 36pts and 8rebs but Bakken (4-1) still went under 98-104 against the undefeated Horsens IC in the Danish league.
Down in Japan, guard Daniel Dillon (6-4) scored 19pts and 4 assists to help the top ranked Hiroshima D (12-2) defeat the 5th ranked Kagawa FA (11-3), 88-63, in the B League D2 on November 4. Dillon is enjoying a 14.8ppg after 14 games. While in the top division B League, forward Kadeem Jack (6-9) last played on October 1st. He tallied 18pts and 7rebs in a losing effort as Niigata Albirex scored a surprise 76-66 win over league leaders Hitachi Sunrockers.
Maloney Pacers triumph at Basketball 3x3 Championships - 2 months ago
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MALONEY PACERS lived up to the expectations as the tournament favourites as they were crowned champions of the National Basketball Federation of Trinidad and Tobago (NBFTT) Under-17 3x3 Championships held on Saturday at both the Nelson Mandela Park in St Clair and the Jean Pierre Complex in Mucurapo. The competition shifted to the indoor Jean Pierre Complex at the semi-final round due to the inclement weather but it did not stop the momentum of the Maloney Pacers as they easily defeated S... [read more]
MALONEY PACERS lived up to the expectations as the tournament favourites as they were crowned champions of the National Basketball Federation of Trinidad and Tobago (NBFTT) Under-17 3x3 Championships held on Saturday at both the Nelson Mandela Park in St Clair and the Jean Pierre Complex in Mucurapo. The competition shifted to the indoor Jean Pierre Complex at the semi-final round due to the inclement weather but it did not stop the momentum of the Maloney Pacers as they easily defeated SOS Respect 21-6 to become the inaugural champions. The Boyd brothers Ahkeel and Ahkeem were instrumental all day in the Maloney-based team becoming victorious. The semi-final round was more keenly contested as they narrowly defeated SOS Peace 21- 20. In the other semi-final match, SOS Respect overcame a stern challenge from Maloney Pacers Recruits 13-11 to reach the final. The female final was competitive and full of excitement, and it needed an overtime game winner from Golden Stars player Nileen Ramdial to seal the victory over Star Seekers. The shot came from behind the arc against the run of play in dramatic style. Both finalists had easy semi-final matches with Golden Stars defeating Splash Sisters 8-3 and Starseekers overpowering Windjammers 10-0. The topscorers on the day were Ahkeel Boyd (Maloney Pacers - 40 points), Johann Ferdinand (SOS Peace - 26 points) and Joshua Sheppard (Maloney Gardens Recruits - 21 points) among the boys and Demisha Henry (Starseekers - 24 points), Shania Emmanuel (Golden Stars - 16 points) and Mercedes Alexander (Windjammers - nine points) among the girls. There was also a three-point contest that was won by Christopher Maharaj in the male category and Shania Emmanuel in the female. The group stages of the national finals consisted of the top two finishers from the Tobago, North, South, Central and East conferences. The male and female champions earned the opportunity to represent Trinidad and Tobago at the forthcoming Antilles 3x3 International Youth Championships tentatively carded for February 2017 in St Lucia. Speaking at the prize-giving ceremony, the Minister of Sport Darryl Smith stated, 'I'm impressed with the organisation of the tournament and all parties that played a pivotal role in its execution. I always encourage youth participation and I was pleased to see the outcome of players, parents and sport enthusiasts.' Courtesy of: newsday.co.tt
Maloney Pacers and Brian Chase Academy will start as favourites to win the National Final of the boys and girls categories respectively at the National Basketball Federation of Trinidad and Tobago (NBFTT) Inaugural 3x3 National Championship that bounces off on Saturday at the Nelson Mandela Park, St [read more]
Maloney Pacers and Brian Chase Academy will start as favourites to win the National Final of the boys and girls categories respectively at the National Basketball Federation of Trinidad and Tobago (NBFTT) Inaugural 3x3 National Championship that bounces off on Saturday at the Nelson Mandela Park, St. Clair, from 10am.
The Under-17 Boys and Girls would be competing for the title of National Champions and the opportunity to represent Trinidad and Tobago at the Antilles 3X3 International Youth Championships tentatively carded for February, 2017 in St Lucia.
The National Final consists of 10 male teams who were placed into three groups and six female teams positioned into two groups. The competition comprises of three players per team playing on half the court with a maximum time period of 10 minutes per game but ends once a team scores 21 points.
The teams for the final round were selected by being winners or runners- up from the five conferences throughout the country in Shaw Park (Tobago), La Romaine (South), Longdenville (Central) Nelson Mandela Park (North) and Princes Royal Park (East).
Boys Under 17 Groups: Group A: Benedicts A; SOS (Love); Pacers Recruits Group B: SOS (respect); Mason Hall Ballers; Maloney Pacers Group C: SOS (Peace); Benedicts C; Maloney Tentons; Pure Energy Semi-Finals 1: Winner of Group A vs. Second Place of Group C Semi-Finals 2: Winner of Group B vs. Winner of Group C Third & Fourth: Semi-Finals Losers FINALS: Semi-Finals Winners Girls Under 17 Groups: Group A: Splash sisters; Windjammers; Brian Chase Academy Group B: Starseekers; Golden Stars; East Mucurapo Girls Semi- Finals 1: Winner of Group A vs. Second Place of Group B Semi-Finals 2: Winner of Group B vs. Second Place of Group A Third & Fourth: Semi-Finals Losers FINALS: Semi-Finals Winners
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