By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Bayside Blazers, the defending Hon. Julian Fraser Save The Seed Basketball League champions, ran away from Momentum, 81-61 on Saturday night for their first victory following an opening loss to Pure Playaz.
The Blazers got key all round contributions from six players who recorded double digit stats. Tavon Phillip led the scores with 18 points, while Duron Phillip added a 16 points 11 rebounds double double to go with four steals. Jerry Hatchett and Dwayne Stoutt followed up with 15 and 13 points respectively.
Newcomer Hansen Donato, dished out a game best 15 assists to go with his six rebounds and five points while Eustace “Boss” Freeman dominated the boards with 13 and dropped in four points.
“Tonight, with our backs against the wall and everybody talking about Momentum coming in with this stacked team and all their new players, but we wanted to do what we usually do in the regular season—defend—so we did that tonight,” coach Jason Edwin said after his team overcame a first quarter deficit to seize control. “We had our new import (Hansen Donato) as they call him, just settle down the game, put players in the right positions. We came out overaggressive knowing that we didn’t have a win yet. He settled us down and in the second quarter, we did what we needed to do to pull away.”
Andrico “CIto” Smith, said his team didn’t play anything.
“They were missing, we didn’t get some calls but I’m not blaming it on calls, they didn’t play anything,” he noted of his team that was led by David Peltier’s game high 22 points with 11 each from Kitwana Rhymer and Leslie Smith—who also snatched 11 boards. “No shots were going down. To tell the honest truth, they were flat, nothing was dropping.”
Pure Playaz improved to 2-0, after turning back Skillful Ballers, 68-65. Romain Minott had a game high 22 points, while Ray Victory narrowly missed a double double with 14 points and nine rebounds. On the boards, Bjorn Caleb and Ansel Raven pulled 12 each while Steve Parillon grabbed 11 and added eight points.
Dione Blyden led Skillful Ballers with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Shakeem Blackmore and Elroy Bollers added 11 points respectively, with Blackmore completing the double with 13 rebounds.
Aaron Williams III had 14 points and Jason Audiain added 13 as they silenced Top Guns, 71-47, in their Jr. Division matchup. Chris Dwarka led the Shooting Stars with 12 points. Shakoy Smith and Deondrea Baijnouth added 10 a piece.
Dikembe Parsons had a game high 24 points and Larique Austre added 13, as Medics downed Nex, 75-56. Francis Tan and Jiminez Stoutt were Nex’s top scorers with 12 points each. D’Angelo Sampson came up a point short of a coveted double double with 11 rebounds and nine points.
Kebo Fahie had five of his game high 24 points off 3-pointers in leading five players in double digits during 79’s 96-59 victory over DA 3rd. Xavier Richards dropped in a 22 points 15 rebounds double double to the tally and he also had five steals. Jamory Romney had 12 points and 12 rebounds while Jolyon Wilson and Jevon Serrant followed up with 10 points respectively.
Nathaniel “Nat” Malone, was DA 3rd’s leading scorer with 18 points. Shaquille Lewis dropped in a 15 points and 10 boards on the stat sheet.