#1. This week's number one is former international power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado, currently plays in Japan). Ashby led Fukuoka Rizing to a victory over the third-ranked Shimane Magic (16-8) 76-68 in the Japanese BJ League last Sunday.
He was MVP of the game. Ashby recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 5 blocks.
Fukuoka Rizing (16-8) is placed fourth in Western group.
It's Ashby's first season with the team.
Ashby has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 50.7%, 3FGP: 16.7% and FT: 69.0%.
Ashby played for the Trinidad and Tobago senior national team three 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 could not help Lechugueros (12-28) in their last game. Despite Young's very good performance Lechugueros was crushed 90-68 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#3) Soles.
He was the top scorer with 27 points. Young also added 4 passes (made all of his ten free throws !!!) in 31 minutes.
It was Lechugueros' sixth consecutive loss in a row.
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 very impressive stats this year: 22.4ppg, 2.5rpg, 6.0apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 37.4% and FT: 77.8% in the 19 games he played so far.
Young is a naturalized American.
He played for the Trinidad and Tobago national team in 2010.
Strangely Young 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). He was the major contributor in an Anyang KGC's victory against the league leader SK Knights (25-6) 73-62 in the South Korean KBL in Friday night's game.
Trim scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Anyang KGC (15-15) is placed fourth in the KBL.
Trim's overall stats this season are: 5.5ppg, 4.2rpg, 2FGP: 67.7%(65-96) and FT: 54.7%.
He played for the Trinidad and Tobago national team three years ago.
#4. Center Kyle Rowley (213-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the St.Mary's, CA (2-1) in their game against the Gonzaga University (3-0) in the NCAA.
He recorded 6 points.
The St.Mary's, CA was defeated 83-78 in Spokane, WA by the Gonzaga University.
Rowley has relatively good stats this season: 10.7ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.6spg.
He used to play for the Trinidad and Tobago national team
back in 2009.
#5. Former U17 international forward Moriba De Freitas (206-91, currently studies in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Pepperdine (1-3) in their game against the Brigham Young University (4-0) in the NCAA. De Freitas cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones.
He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
The Pepperdine was crushed 76-51 in Provo, UT by the Brigham Young University.
This season De Freitas has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.6spg.
He used to play for the Trinidad and Tobago U17 national team
six 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), who plays in Ukraine could not help BC Donetsk (4-6) in their last game. Despite his good performance the seventh-placed BC Donetsk lost 63-74 at home to the leading Unics Kazan in the group A of VTB United League.
Fischer recorded 10 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in 32 minutes.
It's Fischer's first season with the team.
Fischer belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #7) and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place).
This year he averages: 9.9ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.1apg and 1.7bpg in the nine games he played so far.
Fischer is a naturalized American.
Strangely he has never played in Trinidad and Tobago.
#2.Ronald Roberts (203-F-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) led St.Joseph's to a victory against the University of Duquesne (0-2) 74-66 in the NCAA last Saturday.
Roberts had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 2 blocks in 36 minutes.
The Saint Joseph's University has 1-1 conference record this season.
This year Roberts' overall stats are: 5.5ppg and 4.2rpg in the 29 games.
#3.Jamal Fenton (175-PG-91, currently studies in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Fresno State University (0-2) crushing them 72-45 in the NCAA on Saturday night.
He scored 9 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists.
The University of New Mexico has 2-0 conference record this season.
Fenton has been at the team for four years.
Fenton's overall stats this year are: 5.5ppg and 4.2rpg.
He is a naturalized American.
Apparently Fenton has never played in Trinidad and Tobago.
#4. Experienced Shawn Myers (198-G/F-69, college: W.Georgia, currently plays in United Kingdom) was not able to help Cheshire Phoenix (7-11) in their game against Durham Wildcats (5-12) in the British BBL, despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game.
He scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 40 minutes.
But Cheshire Phoenix lost 96-101 on the road to the one of league's weakest teams (#11) Durham Wildcats.
Myers is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of most steals (fifth place).
He has very reliable stats this year: 10.7ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.6spg in the 18 games.
Myers has a dual citizenship: Trinidad and Tobago and British.
#5.Joey Haywood (185-PG-84, currently plays in NBLCanada) contributed to a Halifax Rainmen's victory against the Saint John Mill Rats (11-12) 102-89 in the NBL Canada on Thursday night.
Haywood scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes.
The Halifax Rainmen has 11-12 record this season.
This year Haywood has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.6spg in the 18 games.
He is another player who holds two passports: Trinidad and Tobago and Canadian.
#6.Kadeem Jack (206-F-92, is currently at the American university) was not able to secure a victory for the one of league's weakest teams Rutgers in their game against the University of Cincinnati in the NCAA.
Jack scored 5 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 16 minutes.
His team lost 58-68.
Jack has reliable stats this year: 10.7ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.6spg in the 18 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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