By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Player of the game Shakeem Blackmore had a 20 points 10 rebounds double double and five steals, in leading the A’s past the HLSCC Stingrays, as they completed their BVI Basketball Federation District League play at 10-0 on Sunday night.
Noel McKelly also had a double double, with 11 points and 10 assists to go with six rebounds and four steals, while Joash Victor contributed 11 points and seven rebounds for the 2021 league championship series runners up.
Dreyonte Findlay led the Stingrays with 17 points. Demron Glasgow poured in 11 points and pulled a game high 12 off the rack. Keishon Gardner chipped in another 10 points and seven rebounds.
“We played last night so my guys were a little tired, so we got off to a very slow start, but thankfully, we were able to pull it together later on in the game,” A’S Coach Hemant Doodnaught told Island Sun Sports, referring to Saturday’s 66-59 victory over the Guns. “Every team has the same goal to win, so we have the same goal—win. The core players, we’ve been together for a while and what I like is the way we maintain composure, whether we’re up or whether we’re down and the leadership especially from Juany (Juan Richards) the Captain and the returning players. It’s really amazing to have the supporting cast.”
Morris Wattley said it was the ‘best game’ of the season from his Stingrays, who trailed 30-26 at the half. “A work in progress, bad start but ended the season great,” he noted. “Even though we lost, it was the best complete game of the year. We didn’t get blown out. Almost every game we have been competitive—down three, four points at the half—second half, we lose by 30, 40, because of not being in shape. We have some guys, 18, 19, never played biddy or junior basketball, and this men’s league is the first time some of them have ever played basketball. They were green—not even a full mango—up against veterans, national team players, and they performed. HLSCC will be a lot better next year.”
Demoi Bradley had 28 points to go with seven rebounds and four steals, in leading defending champions Virgin Gorda Mystics past East Underrated, 91-56. Stephano Paul and N’Kel Stevens added 14 points respectively. Shamarr George, just missed a double double with nine points and 15 rebounds. Timron Nickie had the East Underrated top score with 19 points. Phillip Glasgow added 12 with 14 boards and Dexton Gaton poured in another 12.
Dioris “Migo” Joseph dropped in 20 points to lead all scores and grabbed seven rebounds in helping Skillful Ballers to a 94-75 victory over Bay Boys. Larique Austrie added 16. Dion Blyden finished with a 13 points 15 rebounds double double, while Sanger Jimenez also had a double double with 13 points and 11 boards.
Stephan DeLeon just missed a double double, settling for 19 points and nine rebounds. Kaymal Pancho dominated the boards by pulling 19, to go with his 17 points for a double double. Cyma Nibbs finished with 14 points and seven rebounds while one point separated Jason Audain Jr., from a double double. He had 11 points and nine rebounds.
Douron Phillip poured in a season’s best 46 points to go with 22 rebounds as Mega Mix overcame Bay Youths, 98-90. Tavon Phillip followed up with 15 points and 19 rebounds while Devante Phillip added another 13 to the tally. Alonzo Baptiste’s 27 points and 13 rebounds topped Bay Youth scores. Jamal Serrant dropped 24 points and 12 rebounds on the stat sheet and Nathaniel “Nat” Malone, 17 points and 10 rebounds. Jachoy Walwyn contributed another 12 points and Deshawn Douglas, 10 points and nine rebounds.
In Jr. Division play, Jr. East Rockers turned back the Jr. Mystics, 69-60, behind Amarlee Glasgow’s 24 points. Aaron Williams III and Deshawn Doyle grabbed 12 points respectively with Williams pulling 14 boards for his double double. Lekoy Lennard led the Jr. Mystics with a game high 30 points and 15 rebounds. Cedric Mars had 11 rebounds and eight points. Jr. Mystics Rebounded to beat 3D Big Dogs, 71-44. 3D Big Dogs were coming off forfeiting to Skillful Ballers. Lennard had another 30 points game with eight rebounds and four steals. Mekhi Nisbett chipped in 13 and pulled 19 off the glass to go with four steals. Jason Audain Jr., led 3D Big Dogs with 19 points and seven rebounds. Brandon Wynter grabbed a 13 points 16 rebounds double double.
C-League play, Southside Sensation stopped Talk Done, 35-31. Kadeem Maynard had 11 points and seven rebounds for Southside Sensation. Twarjah Jacob led Talk Done with 14 points, six rebounds and four steals. Skillful then trimmed Southside Sensation, 30-23. Jaquoi Hopkins and Tai-Je Nathaniel, were Skillful top scorers with 11 and 10 points each. Jordan Joseph and Maynard, led Southside Sensation with nine and eight points a piece