#1. This week's number one is former international point guard Ian Young (191-81, college: Auburn, currently plays in Mexico). He led Lechugueros to a victory over the league outsider Gigantes (3-31) 86-80 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) last Thursday.
Young was MVP of the game. He scored 34 points (!!!) and added 9 assists.
Lechugueros de Leon (12-22) is placed 12th in the LNBP.
Young belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #5) and also on the list of best passers (third place).
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Young averages: 22.2ppg, 2.1rpg, 6.3apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 42.1%, 3FGP: 35.8% and FT: 76.1%.
He is a naturalized American.
Young played for the Trinidad and Tobago senior national team two years ago.
Strangely he has never played in Trinidad and Tobago.
#2. Second place goes to former international power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado, currently plays in Japan). Ashby was the main contributor in a 2-point Fukuoka Rizing's victory against the ninth-ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (3-18) 69-67 in the Japanese BJ League on Saturday night.
He was the best player in that game. Ashby had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 12 rebounds in 34 minutes.
Fukuoka Rizing (14-7) is placed fourth in Western group.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
It's Ashby's first season with the team.
He has very impressive stats this year: 15.5ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 52.5% and FT: 69.7% in the 21 games he played so far.
Ashby played for the Trinidad and Tobago national team in 2010.
#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. He could not help Anyang KGC (13-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Trim's very good performance Anyang KGC was badly defeated 90-73 at home by the lower-ranked Goyang Orions (#8).
He was the top scorer with 22 points. Trim also added 8 rebounds.
Trim's overall stats this season are: 4.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 2FGP: 63.6%(42-66).
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 Alabama State University 66-58 in the NCAA on Wednesday night.
He scored only 4 points in 12 minutes.
The Pepperdine University has conference record this season.
De Freitas has relatively good stats this year: 11.3ppg, 1.8apg and 1.7spg in the 15 games.
He used to play for the Trinidad and Tobago U17 national team
back in 2007.
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 Ukraine) led BC Donetsk to a 1-point victory over the fourth-ranked Khimik (12-7) 73-72 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Friday night's game.
He was MVP of the game. Fischer had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 4 blocks in 32 minutes.
BC Donetsk (9-8) is placed ninth in the Superleague.
It's Fischer's first season with the team.
Fischer has relatively good stats this year: 11.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.1apg, 1.9bpg and 1.2spg in the 13 games he played so far.
He is a naturalized American.
Strangely Fischer has never played in Trinidad and Tobago.
#2.Ronald Roberts (203-F-91, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the St.Joseph's in their last game. Despite Roberts' very good performance the St.Joseph's was edged 60-57 at home by the Fairfield University.
He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 11 rebounds in 38 minutes.
This year Roberts' overall stats are: 4.7ppg and 4.3rpg in the 21 games.
#3.Joey Haywood (185-PG-84, currently plays in NBLCanada), who plays in the NBL Canada was not able to help the Halifax Rainmen (7-8) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the Halifax Rainmen was defeated 103-92 on the road by the higher-ranked Summerside Storm.
Haywood was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 5 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 3 balls.
Haywood's overall stats this season are: 4.7ppg and 4.3rpg.
He has a dual citizenship: Trinidad and Tobago and Canadian.
#4. Experienced Shawn Myers (198-G/F-69, college: W.Georgia, currently plays in United Kingdom) contributed to a 1-point Cheshire Phoenix's victory against the closely-ranked Sheffield One Health Sharks (5-9) 80-79 in the British BBL in Sunday night's game.
Myers scored 7 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 39 minutes.
Cheshire Phoenix (6-9) is placed eighth in the BBL.
Myers is currently third on the league's list of best rebounders with 9.5rpg.
He also averaged so far 11.3ppg, 1.8apg and 1.7spg in the 15 games.
Myers is another player who holds two passports: Trinidad and Tobago and British.
#5.Jamal Fenton (175-PG-91, currently studies in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the N.Mexico in their game against the South Dakota State University (1-0) in the NCAA.
He scored 6 points.
The N.Mexico was defeated 70-65 on their home court in Albuquerque, NM by the South Dakota State University.
Fenton is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in N.Mexico's roster.
Fenton has relatively good stats this season: 11.3ppg, 1.8apg and 1.7spg.
He is a naturalized American.
Apparently Fenton has never played in Trinidad and Tobago.
#6.Travis Trim (185-PG-93, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Md-E Shore in their game against the Ohio University in the NCAA. Trim cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones.
He scored only 2 points.
His team was crushed by 36 points 93-57.
This season Trim has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg, 1.8apg and 1.7spg.
#7.Kadeem Jack (206-F-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Howard University crushing them 79-55 in the NCAA last Friday.
He recorded 6 points in 19 minutes.
This year Jack has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg, 1.8apg and 1.7spg in the 15 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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