#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.
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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