#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.
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)
Joey Haywood agreed terms with Halifax Hurricanes - 1 month ago
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Halifax Hurricanes (NBL Canada) inked 33-year old former Trinidad and Tobago international point guard Joey Haywood (185-82kg-84, college: St.Mary's) from Halifax Rainmen. In 45 NBL Canada games he recorded 11.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.1apg in 2014-15 season. He helped them to win the NBL Atlantic Division title (twice) (also twice). A very good season in his career as he was voted to USBasket.com NBL Canada All-Domestic Players Team. Haywood also played that season for U.M.F. Grindavik (Dominos... [read more]
Halifax Hurricanes (NBL Canada) inked 33-year old former Trinidad and Tobago international point guard Joey Haywood (185-82kg-84, college: St.Mary's) from Halifax Rainmen. In 45 NBL Canada games he recorded 11.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.1apg in 2014-15 season. He helped them to win the NBL Atlantic Division title (twice) (also twice). A very good season in his career as he was voted to USBasket.com NBL Canada All-Domestic Players Team. Haywood also played that season for U.M.F. Grindavik (Dominos League) in Iceland where in four games he averaged impressive 17.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 5.8apg. Among other achievements Haywood received USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Domestic Player of the Year award back in 2013. He was a member of Trinidad and Tobago Senior National Team back in 2010. Haywood has played also professionally in Denmark (Aalborg). He attended Saint Mary's University until 2011 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball. Haywood's game is described as:
Joey Haywood is a lightning-fast, scoring point guard who is a nightmare to guard one-on-one. In 2014, he was the leading scorer in Denmark (25.0 PPG). Joey has an incredible handle and a first step which makes him very difficult to stay in front of. He is terrific in transition, where he gets to the rim at will, and is able to absorb contact and finish the play. Joey reads the pick-and-roll well - he turns the corner exceptionally quickly but also finds his big men and open shooters when he draws double-teams and when defenders hedge hard. If the defender goes under a screen, Joey can pull-up on a dime and knock down the three with great efficiency (40.8%). Joey is an exceptional defender, evidenced by his All-Defense Team selections in each of his first two professional seasons. Finally, Joey is a natural leader who always makes his coach's job easier and is a great role model in the community.
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