#1. This week's number one is former international power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado, currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese BJ League. He could not help Fukuoka Rizing (9-6) in their last game. Despite Ashby's very good performance the fifth-placed Fukuoka Rizing lost 71-80 on the road to the leading Okinawa GK in the Western group.
He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds. Ashby also added 3 assists in 27 minutes on the court.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
It's Ashby's first year with the team.
He has relatively good stats this season: 13.4ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 49.1% and FT: 66.2% in the 15 games he played so far.
Ashby 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 was not able to help Lechugueros (9-19) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Young's very good performance Lechugueros was defeated 87-81 at home by the lower-ranked Guerreros (#13).
He was the top scorer with 23 points. Young also added made 9 passes and 3 steals.
It's Young's first season with the team.
He has individually a very good year with high stats. Young averages: 19.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 6.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 39.1%, 3FGP: 31.4% and FT: 75.7%.
He is a naturalized American.
Young played for the Trinidad and Tobago national team in 2010.
Strangely he 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 Kibwe Trim (208-84, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: Sacred Heart, currently plays in South Korea), who plays in the South Korean KBL. Trim was not able to secure a victory for Anyang KGC (10-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Anyang KGC was defeated 81-68 on their home court in Anyang by the leading Mobis Phoebus.
Trim scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
Trim's overall stats this season are: 4.6ppg, 4.5rpg, 2FGP: 61.4%(35-57) and FT: 47.4%.
He played for the Trinidad and Tobago national team two years ago.
#4. Forward Moriba De Freitas (206-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Pepperdine University in a victory against the University of California-Irvine 72-62 in the NCAA on Saturday night.
De Freitas recorded only 4 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks in 20 minutes.
The Pepperdine University has conference record this season.
This year De Freitas averages just 1.0ppg in the two games.
He used to play for the Trinidad and Tobago U17 national team
back in 2007.
#5. Former international center Kyle Rowley (213-90, currently studies in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo 86-68 in the NCAA last Saturday.
He scored only 2 points in 2 minutes on the court.
The Saint Mary's College of California has conference record this season.
This year Rowley averages just 1.0ppg in the two games.
He used to play for the Trinidad and Tobago national team
three 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.D'or Fischer (211-C-81, college: W.Virginia, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked BC Astana (3-3) crushing them 76-56 in the VTB United League on Sunday night.
Fischer scored 6 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 17 minutes.
BC Donetsk (3-3) is placed fifth in group A.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
Fischer is currently first on the list of best blockers with 1.8bpg.
This year his other stats are: 7.0ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.2apg in the five games he played so far.
Fischer is a naturalized American.
Apparently he has never played in Trinidad and Tobago.
#2. Experienced Shawn Myers (198-G/F-69, college: W.Georgia, currently plays in United Kingdom) led Cheshire Jets to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Durham Wildcats (3-8) crushing them 106-72 in the British BBL last Sunday.
Myers had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added and 5 steals in 38 minutes.
Cheshire Jets (4-7) is placed eighth in the BBL.
But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go.
Myers is currently second on the list of best rebounders with 9.8rpg.
This year he also averages: 11.6ppg, 2.0apg and 1.6spg in the 11 games.
Myers has a dual citizenship: Trinidad and Tobago and British.
#3.Jamal Fenton (175-G-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) led N.Mexico to an easy victory against the University of Portland 69-54 in the NCAA on Sunday night.
He scored 12 points and had 3 steals.
The University of New Mexico has conference record this season.
Fenton is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in N.Mexico's roster.
This season Fenton has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 2.0apg and 1.6spg.
He is a naturalized American.
Apparently Fenton has never played in Trinidad and Tobago.
#4.Kris Joseph (200-F-88, college: Syracuse, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Boston Celtics in a victory against the Portland Trail Blazers (7-10) 96-78 in the NBA in Friday night's game.
He recorded only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court.
The Boston Celtics have 9-8 record this season.
This year Joseph averages just 1.0ppg in the two games.
He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Trinidad and Tobago.
#5.Joey Haywood (185-PG-84, currently plays in NBLCanada) led Halifax Rainmen to a 1-point victory against the Oshawa Power (6-5) 105-104 in the NBL Canada last Saturday.
Haywood scored 16 points.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. The Halifax Rainmen has 5-4 record this season.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
This season Haywood averages only 1.0ppg.
He has both Trinidad and Tobago and Canadian nationalities.
#6.Ronald Roberts (203-F-91, currently studies in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the The American University 74-55 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game.
Roberts scored only 4 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and made 2 blocks.
This season Roberts averages just 1.0ppg.
#7.Travis Trim (185-G-93, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Md-E Shore to beat the Delaware State University. Trim cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones.
He scored only 1 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists.
His team was defeated 76-66.
This season Trim averages just 1.0ppg.
#8.Kadeem Jack (206-F-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the Rutgers in their game against the The University of Mississippi in the NCAA. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones.
Jack scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 8 minutes on the court.
His team lost 67-80.
This year Jack averages just 1.0ppg in the two games.
Akoon-Purcell leads T&T foreign based players - 6 hours ago
Guard Devaughn Akoon-Purcell was Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) top basketball player on the international pro-circuit. In Denmark, Akoon-Purcell had a team high 31pts and 8rebs as Bakken scored a comfortable 102-82 win over SISU on February 19. Currently, Akoon-Purcell is the leading scorer in the Ligaen League averaging 22.3ppg. While, Bakken remains in second position with an 18-3 record. Another outstanding display came from Joey Haywood. In NBL Canada games, Haywood scored 16pts, 4rebs... [read more]
Guard Devaughn Akoon-Purcell was Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) top basketball player on the international pro-circuit. In Denmark, Akoon-Purcell had a team high 31pts and 8rebs as Bakken scored a comfortable 102-82 win over SISU on February 19. Currently, Akoon-Purcell is the leading scorer in the Ligaen League averaging 22.3ppg. While, Bakken remains in second position with an 18-3 record.
Another outstanding display came from Joey Haywood. In NBL Canada games, Haywood scored 16pts, 4rebs & 3 assists for Halifax Hurricanes in a 108-123 away loss to London Lighting on February 20. It was the best performance for the former 33-year old T&T point guard since his return to the pro-circuit in Canada early this year.
Down in Japan, guard Daniel Dillon (6-4) scored 10pts and 4 assists for Hiroshima in the Japanese B League D2. But in a losing effort the 2nd ranked Hiroshima D still went under to top-ranked Gunma 82-86 on February 18. The loss ended a 12-game winning streak for the Hiroshima Dragonflies.
While in Spain, center Kyle Rowley's Araberri went under to Huesca 71-75 on February 18. Rowley finished with 6pts & 6rebs. With the unexpected loss Araberri dropped to 10th ranked with a 12-12 record. While, Huesca improved to 16th place with a 6-18 record.
Caballeros de Culiacan (CIBACOPA) signed experienced 36-year old Trinidad and Tobago ex-international point guard Ian Young (191-81, college: Auburn, agency: Interperformances). It is actually his comeback to Caballeros de Culiacan as he has played here before. Young just played at KTP Basket in Finnish Korisliiga. In 8 games he had 10.4ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.9apg and 1.0spg this season. The last summer Young played at Caballeros de Culiacan where in 34 CIBACOPA games he recorded very impressive... [read more]
Caballeros de Culiacan (CIBACOPA) signed experienced 36-year old Trinidad and Tobago ex-international point guard Ian Young (191-81, college: Auburn, agency: Interperformances). It is actually his comeback to Caballeros de Culiacan as he has played here before. Young just played at KTP Basket in Finnish Korisliiga. In 8 games he had 10.4ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.9apg and 1.0spg this season. The last summer Young played at Caballeros de Culiacan where in 34 CIBACOPA games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.1ppg, 3.6rpg and 3.1apg. In 2007 (two years after he left the college) Young was drafted by Iowa Energy (D-League) in ninth round (126th overall). The former Auburn University staris in his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Young's team made it to the Puerto Rican BSN Cup final in 2013. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-CBC Championships 2nd Team back in 2009. Young represented Trinidad and Tobago at the CBC Championships in Tortilla (BVI) eight years ago. He is quite experienced player. Young has played in fifteen different countries on four different continents (Europe, Latin America, Africa and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Argentina, Bosnia, Brazil (Macae), Dominican Rep., France, Germany, Iran, Italy (Imola and Cantini Lorano), Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela (Gaiteros), Puerto Rico (Brujos, Cangrejeros and Mets), Egypt (Al Ahly), Mexico (Lechugueros) and Dominican Republic (Indios de San Francisco). It's very possible he may end his playing career at Culiacan. Young could be described:
Very strong combination guard ... very good scorer ... can play the point guard position ... very good shooter ... good ball-handler ... good defender.
FORMER NATIONAL stand-out Stephen 'Lighter' Lewis walked away with the coveted Most Valuable Player award in the Premier Division at the bpTT Mayaro Basketball League's 2016 prize distribution, recently. The function was held at the Mayaro Indoor Sport Facility. Food good measure, Lewis also won the award for most three-pointers scored by any individual as his team, Defence Force, received the Premier Division championship trophy which they won in their debut season in the league. Defenc... [read more]
FORMER NATIONAL stand-out Stephen 'Lighter' Lewis walked away with the coveted Most Valuable Player award in the Premier Division at the bpTT Mayaro Basketball League's 2016 prize distribution, recently. The function was held at the Mayaro Indoor Sport Facility.
Food good measure, Lewis also won the award for most three-pointers scored by any individual as his team, Defence Force, received the Premier Division championship trophy which they won in their debut season in the league. Defence Force outplayed defending Premier Division champions Detour Shak Attack in the two-game series final last weekend and had to settle for the runner-up position, while Prisons took third place.
ISOTECH Rio Raptors were crowned champions of the Community Division, while Maloney Stories of Success (SOS) took home the champions' trophy for the Under-19 Division. The Mayaro Basketball League is sponsored by energy company BP Trinidad and Tobago (bpTT) with support from the National Gas Company (NGC). It is administered by the South Corner Basketball Foundation (SCBF).
At the awards function, Matthew Pierre, bpTT community liaison officer, reassured those in attendance that the company would continue to support the development of basketball and other sports in the south-eastern communities. 'Although the recent years have been challenging financially, bpTT is fully committed to its policy of human development, with sports being a cornerstone of the company's thrust,' said Pierre, himself a former national and Caricom basketball star. 'One of the pre-requisites for sponsorship is the investment by sporting organisations in the youth of the region. We need to move basketball from the local level to national and international levels.'
Pierre congratulated the organisers for encouraging top national teams such as Defence Force, Shak Attack and the T&T Police Service to showcase their talents in the Mayaro league, thereby motivating young players to pursue the sport and taker it to higher levels.Making a call for all stakeholders to get together to develop basketball in the region, Pierre also appealed for community support to 'bring back the crowds to basketball'.
SCBF President Kwami Alexis thanked the sponsors for their support of the league, noting that its scope had broadened since its inaugural edition a few years ago to include teams from all parts of Trinidad. The foundation, he said, would make a special effort to run games in different communities to spread its appeal.
2016 Mayaro Basketball League honour roll: Premier Division Champions: Defence Force Runners-Up: Detour Shak Attack Third Place: Prisons
Community Division Champions: ISOTECH Rio Raptors Runners-Up: MCTV/RLRA Ambassadors Third Place: High Voltage
Under-19 Division Champions: Maloney Stories of Success (SOS) Runners-Up: Laventille Hawks Third Place: Grande All Stars
Most Valuable Player Premier: Stephen 'Lighter' Lewis (Defence Force) Community: Christopher Lares (ISOTECH Rio Raptors) Under-19: Charles Williams (Maloney SOS) Most 3-Pointers Premier: Stephen 'Lighter' Lewis (Defence Force) Community: Nathan Lewis (ISOTECH Rio Raptors)
Most Points Premier: Ako Pascall (Caledonia) Community: Christoper Lares (ISOTECH Rio Raptors)
Most Promising Player Premier: Kensley Sandy (Defence Force) Community: Jamal John (MCTV/RLRA Ambassadors) Youngest Player Shakeem Valere (Grande All Stars)
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