26th Martin Luther King Jr Basketball champs to be crowned

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Milton McLean, 4th right standing with players on the MLK Jr. Tournament

By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

Sea Cows Bay Club officials will crown the 26th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Basketball Tournament U16 and U20 champions on Sunday, following a series of exhibition and elimination games last weekend.  

Jordan Joseph had 26 points, 3 rebounds and 5 steals, in leading the Red Rulers to a thrilling 32-30 victory over Blue Brothers. Kenic George added 6 points, 3 rebounds and 4 steals. , 1 block

Zevieh Abraham led Blue Brothers with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Ethan Marcellin also had 14 points, with 4 rebounds and 4 steals.  

On Sunday, Blue Brothers crushed Green Machine, 52-14 in their U16 game. Abraham had 22 points and 8 rebounds. Kevaun Glasgow  added a 16 points, 12 rebounds double double.

Kevin Prince added another 8 points and Ethan Marcellin, 6.

Green Machine were led by Jordan Joseph’s 8 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals.  Ajahnoi Auguiste  chipped in 4 points,  4 rebounds and 2 steals.  

In the other U16 game, Kadeam Maynard had a game high 19 points to go with 7 assists, 5 steals and  4 rebounds, as the Red Rulers rolled over the Blue Brothers, 52-24. Manuel Smith added 11 points,  3 rebounds and 3 steals. Kenic George had 10 points, 2 rebounds,  2 steals and 2 assists, while Zivorn Abraham finished with 8 points. Morry Ollivierre added another 6 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists to the tally. Kevaun Glasgow 15 points and 7 rebounds to lead Blue Brothers.  Zevieh Abraham dropped another 7 points and 3 rebounds.

Kamal Panchoo and Donna Henry had 19 points each in leading Splash Brothers to a thrilling 53-15 victory over Big Dogs. Pancho completed his double with 10 rebounds, to go with 4 steals and 4 assists. Henry also had 4 rebounds. Maynard added 8 points, and Terell Searles 4 points and 2 rebounds.  

Shaquon George had a game high 22 points to lead Big Dogs scores. He also had 3 rebounds.

Jason Audain Jr., dropped 10 points,  3 rebounds,  2 steals and 2 blocks while Jordan Joseph had 7 points,  3 rebounds and 4 steals. Kevaun Glasgow finished with 6 points, 7 rebounds and  2 steals, while Jamar Thomas settled for 4 points, 5 rebounds,  3 steals and  2 assists.

“We started out on Saturday with a 3 on 3 as an exhibition and then we got into the 5 on 5 on Sunday. Initially, everything was to be a 5 on 5,” Sea Cows Bay Basketball Club President and tournament founder Milton McLean told Island Sun Sports. “The one thing that wasn’t so nice is that some of the players did not come out to represent, so what you found was that some of the games were actually blown out games. When you don’t have your players, naturally you can’t perform as well as a team as you would have liked to. But, we did have some really outstanding performances besides that.”

McLean said U16 players such as Zevieh Abraham, Ethan Marcellin, Jordan Joseph and Manuel Smith, are really performing well, while those he listed in the U20 group included: Shaquon George, Jason Audain Jr., Jamar Thomas, Kamal Panchoo and Donna Henry. He said one can definitely see improvement on the Jr. and Sr. levels.

“It makes me excited because it means it will spill over positively and more of the kids will come out to practice and that’s the key thing—practice—and then we’ll have better performances, in this tournament and the next tournament coming up in March,” he stated, which comes ahead of the 28th anniversary of the Sea Cows Bay Basketball Club he founded on April 1, 1994. “We try to do it for the kids—give the kids something to do as well as we try to mentor them and build good citizenship throughout the island with these young people—when you look at it open mindedly and the broader picture, these kids belong to all of us and we have to do whatever to mentor them to help them get to the next level to adjust in society.”

McLean added: “We tell them that they need to do their school work, have respect for people, cooperate and adjust—even in the Covid-19 era—it hurts me to see  some of these young people who trained with us are home and just getting bigger and bigger and that’s not healthy when you’re talking about building the immune system to prevent Covid or to fight it. Hopefully, we’ll get more kids out there playing basketball, more healthy people, more fun.”

McLean said the tournament concludes this weekend with Green Machine vs Red Rulers in the U16 game at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and the finals in the U20 on Sunday. 

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