Blue Brothers, Splash Brothers grab 26th MLK Jr. Tournament titles

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By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

Kevaun “Clamps” Glasgow and Stephan DeLeon, earned the MVP awards on Sunday, en route to leading Blue Brothers and Splash Brothers to the U16 and U20 titles in the 26th Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Basketball Tournament, organized by the Sea Cows Bay Basketball Club.  

Glasgow dropped 17 points and 8 rebounds, in the Blue Brothers’ 42-31 win over Red Rulers, for the U16 title. Jason Penn poured in another 14 points to the tally and Zevieh Abraham added 9 points and  6 rebounds. Ethan Marcellin contributed 3 points and 2 blocks.

Manuel Smith led the Red Rulers with 19 points and  7 rebounds. Malik George added 8 points and  9 rebounds, to go with 2 assists and 2 blocks.

In the U20 game, DeLeon had a game high 23 points and 2 steals in the Splash Brothers’ 56-47 victory over the Big Dogs. Donnar Henry added 13 points,  2 rebounds and 2 assists.  Kamal Panchoo dropped a 12 points, 11 rebounds double double, with 4 assists, while Le’shaun Thomas contributed another 6 points,  4 rebounds, and 5 blocks.  

Jason “J-Kidd “Audain Jr., led the Big Dogs with 17 points,  5 rebounds,  2 steals and 2 assists.

Aaron “Big Dog” Williams III, followed up with 14 points and  3 rebounds. Jordan Joseph finished with 8 points and 4 steals.  Shaquon “Big Diesel” George, contributed another 6 points,  6 rebounds,  2 steals and 2 assists.

“The tournament at the very end, turned out to be pretty good because both games were very competitive,” tournament founder and Sea Cows Bay Basketball Club President Milton McLean told Island Sun Sports. “I thought that in the U16 game with the Blue Brothers and Red Rulers, that could have been a better game because one of the main players didn’t show up, that’s Kadeem Maynard. He wasn’t able to make the game so it changed the whole dynamics  for that team. But I think the performance of Jason Penn, I think, was the difference for the Blue Brothers.”

McLean said Penn shot the ball very well, and was 7-for-9 from the floor and scored 14 points. He said that made a big difference because Red Rulers’ Manuel Smith, didn’t have the support of his players.

“He scored 19 points and the closest person to him was Malique George who scored eight points, so it was a little disappointing on the Red Rulers end, but the Blue Brothers they did a much better job as a passing team and a team that looked more like they had chemistry,” McLean noted.

The tournament founder said that the difference in the U20 game was the 3-point shooting of Splash Brothers’ Stephan DeLeon and they were comfortably able to take care of the Big Dogs, who lost by two—53-51 in their first encounter—after being down by 12 points.

“All in all, I think it was a pretty good tournament,” McLean said. “What we’re seeing now as we look at improvement, is that the players are shooting the ball a little better. But I think we have to look at a couple areas and actually playing, tough, tough defense. Those are two areas we will work on because the players are enthusiastic, they’re happy to play and we’re expecting to have more people playing in next year’s tournament.”

Because of the recent spike in cases, the tournament was limited to teams and players from the Sea Cows Bay area. McLean said in the U16 tournament, both teams played with a bare five players and didn’t have any substitutions in the championship game.

“That’s not a good look as far as participation of the players,” he said. “But hopefully next time, we’ll have more players.”  

McLean thanked the players for showing up, the players who assisted with scoring and statistics and the media for their contributions to promoting the tournament.  

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