#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.
TTOC/NBFTT General Secretaries in war of words - Apr 12, 2016
General secretary of the T&T Olympic Committee Annette Knott has apologised to the National Basketball Federation of T&T's (NBFTT) general secretary Claire Mitchell for failing to send the findings of a TTOC-appointed abitration committee, which stated suspended Super 10 Basketball Commissioner Keith Clement should be reinstated and proper disciplinary proceedings under the federation's constitution is followed. Yesterday the two were locked in a war of words after Mitchell insisted her... [read more]
General secretary of the T&T Olympic Committee Annette Knott has apologised to the National Basketball Federation of T&T's (NBFTT) general secretary Claire Mitchell for failing to send the findings of a TTOC-appointed abitration committee, which stated suspended Super 10 Basketball Commissioner Keith Clement should be reinstated and proper disciplinary proceedings under the federation's constitution is followed.
Yesterday the two were locked in a war of words after Mitchell insisted her federation did not receive the findings and recommendations. It led to a newspaper report that stated Clement was reinstated. Yesterday Mitchell, who has been appointed acting basketball federation president following the resignation of Garvin Warrick early in January, described the report as misleading and took a swipe at Knott, saying her federation never initiated or participated in any mediation which is supposed to be among two parties.
She made it clear the NBFTT is the only entity of FIBA that can reinstate Clement, adding anyone else would be accused of outside interference by FIBA through the NBFTT. According to Mitchell 'The NBFTT made it clear to TTOC it did not require arbitration in writing on November 20, 2015. It also shared in another letter to TTOC that the Board of the NBFTT passed a unanimous motion not to go to TTOC due to the appearance of bias when the TTOC did not refute improper comments made in public by Clement, to the effect that the TTOC had already made its decision to re-instate him, along with derogatory comments about federation officials.
Clement, an associate member of the federation, was slapped with a permanent ban by the NBFTT last year for breach of the code of ethics and confidentiality, when he revealed important information about NBFTT cheques that were supposed to have been in the banking system. The information was written in a letter to the Sport Company of T&T that questioned monies spent at the Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC) in Mexico in 2014.
Last week the three-member arbitration committee which comprised rugby president Leslie Figaro, judo secretary general Alana Corbie and David King, the paralympic committee president, deemed suspension unconstitutional, stating Mitchell had agreed and her federation already had it to their plan of action.
In an immediated response yesterday Knott said 'The Council, of which the NBFTT is a member, selected an independent panel of three persons to arbitrate on the issue. The Arbitral Committee subsequently submitted its findings and of particular interest in its report was the fact that it indicated that the NBFTT should invoke its own constitution and proceed to consider the dispute with Clement. Such findings in no way suggested that the TTOC ruled in favour of Clement. The findings of the Arbitral Committee did not require ratification from the TTOC.'
However she later apologised after it was discovered that the email of the findings and recommendations, was sent to the wrong address. Sport
NBFTT Appoints its First Female President - Mar 25, 2016
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The National Basketball Federation of Trinidad and Tobago (NBFTT) appointed Ms. Claire Mitchell - currently the Secretary General to act in the position of President after the Board of Directors accepted the resignation of Mr. Garvin Warwick at their Statutory Board Meeting on Saturday, March 12, 2016. This was the Board's first opportunity to meet since Mr. Warwick tendered his resignation on January 25, 2016. The Board also accepted the resignation of Mr [read more]
The National Basketball Federation of Trinidad and Tobago (NBFTT) appointed Ms. Claire Mitchell - currently the Secretary General to act in the position of President after the Board of Directors accepted the resignation of Mr. Garvin Warwick at their Statutory Board Meeting on Saturday, March 12, 2016. This was the Board's first opportunity to meet since Mr. Warwick tendered his resignation on January 25, 2016. The Board also accepted the resignation of Mr. Daron Lall and appointed Mr. Arnold Thomas - currently the Assistant Secretary to act in the position of Vice President - Technical and Training Services. The Board of Directors wishes to thank all parties who continue to support basketball in Trinidad and Tobago as we restructure and improve opportunities for the sport to flourish. Courtesy of: caribbeanbasketball.com
Khadeen Carrington had a great first-half performance for Seton Hall against 5th ranked Xavier on Friday. He tallied 14pts, 5rebs and 3assists in the first 16 minutes against Xavier as the Pirates beat the Musketeers 87-83 in the semi-finals. Following his fantastic performance the previous day, Carrington again led the way scoring 23pts and 7rebs. Carrington had a career-high 27th in scoring against Creighton and backed it up with another great performance in the semifinals. It was Set... [read more]
Khadeen Carrington had a great first-half performance for Seton Hall against 5th ranked Xavier on Friday. He tallied 14pts, 5rebs and 3assists in the first 16 minutes against Xavier as the Pirates beat the Musketeers 87-83 in the semi-finals.
Following his fantastic performance the previous day, Carrington again led the way scoring 23pts and 7rebs. Carrington had a career-high 27th in scoring against Creighton and backed it up with another great performance in the semifinals.
It was Seton Hall second victory against Xavier having beaten the Pirates in a home game in February during the regular season. Meanwhile, Carrington has been a great support to another sophomore, Isaiah Whitehead, who is the Pirates top performer. They have developed into a tough back court duo for the Hall. Whitehead had 20pts, 8 assists and 6rebs.
According to an article by Jeffrey Borzello (espn.go.com) 'Carrington has developed into a consistent complement to Whitehead. He finished the regular season with 17.5 points in his final two games and hit double figures in five of his final six outings. Whitehead has been outstanding all season, but Carrington's emergence has alleviated some of the pressure from Whitehead and allowed him to be a dynamic playmaker.
Seton Hall isn't loaded with high school All-Americans or future pros, but the Pirates really defend and make life difficult for opponents. Throw in their consistent effort and they're rarely out of a game. The difference lately has been on the offensive end, and a lot of that has to do with Carrington. Whitehead and Carrington compose the type of backcourt that can win games in March, and they're only picking up more momentum and confidence.'
Despite Xavier's persistence which forced 27 turnovers, Seton Hall defense was also crucial in the victory as Derrick Gordon was making the little plays on both ends of the floor and Ismael Sanogo made life difficult for James Farr and Jalen Reynolds. Xavier pressured Seton Hall with players like Whitehead, Gordon, Delgado and others in foul trouble, but the Pirates were able to maintained their composure and controlled the tempo to seal the victory. Seton Hall led the first period 41-30. Xavier rallied back 53-46 at the half but eventually could not hold off the Pirates.
For Seaton Hall, Angelo Delgado chipped in with 15pts and 5rebs while Gordon contributed 10pts. Freshman Edmond Sumner led Xavier with a team-high 21pts, James Farr had a double double with 18pts & 10rebs and Trevon Bluiett had 15pts.
Seton Hall now has the opportunity for a historic Big East Tournament Final against the favorites, Villanova, on Saturday night.
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