By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
The Kings, speedier and more aggressive, ran over defending Legs to sweep the 2016 BVI Basketball Federation Championships Series, ending the Legs’ run of four successive titles, following Saturday night’s 80-73 victory.
“The Kings team is just too fast for the Legs. They have too much firepower and the Legs guys were getting tired too fast,” explained Legs’ coach Ronnie “Gola” Norman. “We couldn’t run with the Kings, they have too much speed. Their shooting ability is very good; they hit the 3-pointers with their big and small men and then still kill you with speed. As they shoot the ball, they’re gone for easy layups. The guys on our team are too old to be running up and down with those young boys, that’s how it is. It’s their time, we have to admit it.”
Killven Samuel led the Kings with 18 points and four assists. Leslie Smith followed with 16 points and pulled 15 off the rack. Ray Victor added another 15 and his brother Rowan 12.
“I wouldn’t say it was easy, not at all,” Kings coach Kameron Young said, as his team toppled the Legs 77-70 on Friday and 99-91 in Wednesday’s opener. “To go up against a team like Legs that have won four straight and are the defending champs, it was very tough, but, to give them three straight and sweep them, it was unbelievable. It’s more than we could have imagined.”
Following Friday’s victory, Young said they decided not to make changes to the game plan just a few minor adjustments. He said his team responded with flawless execution.
“You didn’t have to talk to them as much as you did throughout the season,” he noted. “Everybody was just on their P’s and Q’s, it was great. And when the buzzer went off at 0-0, it was a feeling I can’t explain. Our guys have been waiting years for this—more than 10 years. Most of the guys have played in the B League on different teams. For those guys to come together and win this championship, it’s a great feeling.”
Franklyn Penn top scored for Legs with 21. Kennedy Bass dropped in 13 and Shamer George another 15 to the tally and grabbed 15 boards.
Akeem Nibbs narrowly missed a double double with a game high 25 points and nine steals in leading And One past the Stingers, 79-70, to sweep their B Division series.
Eral Penn dominated the boards, pulling a game high 17 rebounds to go with a game high five blocks. Devante Brewley added 12 points and to the score sheet and Jahcoy Walwyn 11 and he also had eight steals.
Romaine Minnnott was the Stingers’ leading scorer with 21 points and 12 rebounds. D’Moi Hodge followed up with 15 points and a game best 10 steals for his double, while Sekani Smith added another 12 to the tally.
In the Women’s Division, Tamara Phillip dropped in a 19 point and 14 rebounds double to go with five assists in leading the Bulldogs past the Rams, 50-39 for the title in the deciding game. Darier Malone followed up with 14 and Joy Victor 10.
Shauliquah Fahie paced the rams with a game high 15 points and 10 rebounds.