#1. This week's number one is former international point guard Ian Young (191-81, college: Auburn, currently plays in Mexico), who plays in the Mexican LNBP (second division). He could not help Lechugueros (12-26) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Young's very good performance Lechugueros was crushed 105-61 at home by the second-ranked Halcones Rojos.
He was the top scorer with 26 points. Young also added 5 assists (made all of his six free throws).
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Young belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #6) and also on the list of best passers (third place).
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Young averages: 22.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 6.1apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 38.0%, 3FGP: 39.9% and FT: 76.7%.
He is a naturalized American.
Young played for the Trinidad and Tobago senior national team three 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), who plays in the Japanese BJ League. Ashby was not able to help Fukuoka Rizing (15-8) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the fourth-placed Fukuoka Rizing lost 95-103 on their home court in Fukuoka to the second-ranked Shimane Magic in the Western group.
Ashby was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 9 rebounds and 3 blocks in 31 minutes.
They ended the series of five consecutive victories.
Ashby has very impressive stats this year: 15.4ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.8apg, 3FGP: 16.7% and FT: 70.3% in the 23 games he played so far.
He 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). He was not able to secure a victory for Anyang KGC (13-15) in their game against LG Sakers (13-16) in the South Korean KBL.
Trim recorded 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 15 minutes.
Anyang KGC was badly defeated 103-86 on their home court in Anyang by the lower-ranked (#5) LG Sakers.
It was Anyang KGC's sixth consecutive loss in a row.
This year Trim's overall stats are: 5.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 2FGP: 65.5%(57-87) in the 26 games.
He played for the Trinidad and Tobago national team three years ago.
#4. Forward Moriba De Freitas (206-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Pepperdine (1-1) in their game against the Gonzaga University (2-0) in the NCAA. He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones.
De Freitas scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 16 minutes.
The Pepperdine was badly defeated 78-62 on their home court in Malibu, CA by the Gonzaga University.
De Freitas has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.7spg in the 16 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) couldn't help the St.Mary's, CA (1-0) in their game against the Yale University (2-0) in the NCAA. Rowley cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones.
He scored only 2 points.
The St.Mary's, CA was badly defeated 78-62 on the road by the Yale University.
This season Rowley has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.7spg.
He used to play for the Trinidad and Tobago national team
four 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 Ukraine) led BC Donetsk to a victory against the closely-ranked Hoverla (14-11) 83-72 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Wednesday night's game.
He recorded 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in 30 minutes.
BC Donetsk (12-11) is placed seventh in the Superleague.
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
It's Fischer's first season with the team.
Fischer has relatively good stats this year: 10.7ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.9bpg in the 19 games he played so far.
He is a naturalized American.
Strangely Fischer has never played in Trinidad and Tobago.
#2.Kris Joseph (200-F-88, college: Syracuse, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Boston Celtics (16-17) to beat the Golden State Warriors (22-11). Joseph's contribution was not very remarkable in Saturday's game.
He scored only 2 points.
The Boston Celtics were badly defeated 101-83 on the road by the Golden State Warriors.
This season Joseph averages just 1.2ppg.
He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Trinidad and Tobago.
#3.Joey Haywood (185-PG-84, currently plays in NBLCanada) contributed to an easy victory against the Montreal Jazz (1-18) crushing them 122-77 in the NBL Canada last Sunday.
Haywood scored 19 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 32 minutes.
The Halifax Rainmen has 10-12 record this season.
This year Haywood averages only 1.2ppg in the six games.
He is another player who holds two passports: Trinidad and Tobago and Canadian.
#4.Ronald Roberts (203-F-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to St.Joseph's' victory against the Morgan State University 70-60 in the NCAA on Saturday night.
Roberts recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks.
The Saint Joseph's University has conference record this season.
This year Roberts averages only 1.2ppg.
#5. Experienced Shawn Myers (198-G/F-69, college: W.Georgia, currently plays in United Kingdom) was not able to help Cheshire Phoenix (6-10) in their game against Glasgow Rocks (9-7) in the British BBL.
Myers scored only 4 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
Cheshire Phoenix was badly defeated 95-78 in Glasgow by the higher-ranked Rocks (#5).
Myers is currently third on the list of best rebounders.
He has very reliable stats this season: 10.8ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.7spg.
Myers has both Trinidad and Tobago and British nationalities.
#6.Kadeem Jack (206-F-92, currently studies in the States) managed to help Rutgers, The State University in a victory against the University of Pittsburgh 67-62 in the NCAA last Saturday.
Jack scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 14 minutes.
Jack has reliable stats this year: 10.8ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.7spg in the 16 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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