Brawl disrupts flow of District Basketball League playoffs

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By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

Unsportsmanlike conduct raised its ugly head on Saturday night during the last 2:34 of the East Rockers 2.0 and Guns game two in the BVI Basketball Federation District League playoffs, when a fight broke out leading to mayhem with fans getting involved. The Guns from District 1, was leading the District 7 East Rockers 2.0, 81-76 at the time of the brawl that saw Sports Minister and Deputy Premier Dr. Natalio Wheatley among those trying to diffuse the situation.

A federation statement said that “as a result of (the) recent incident, all players and spectators involved and identified through video footage are banned indefinitely from games.” As a result, Sunday’s first semifinal game between the winner and District 9’s Bayside Blazers, was rescheduled for Friday. The last 2:34 of the game was completed on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the A’s took a 1-0 lead over Mega Mix on Sunday with a 78-67 victory. The A’s eliminated Skillful Ballers, 65-56 on Friday and Mega Mix knocked out Z6ne, 89-81.

“The team has to trust one another, we aren’t trusting one another with the ball,” Mega Mix Coach Brian “Bash” Brewley told Island Sun Sports. “Ain’t kicking with an open player, everybody wants to do it but you have to do it as a unit. It can’t be a one man show.”

Tavon Phillip had 23 points and pulled 11 rebounds in the loss, while Douron Phillip added a 14 points 10 rebounds double double.

Juan “Juany” Richards led the A’s with a game high 25 points and pulled 11 off the rack. Jevon Demming followed up with 21.

“Boy, it was a tough game,” A’s Coach Hemant Doodnauth told Island Sun Sports. “We started short staff because some of the guys didn’t show up on time and they went up by like 10, 15 points. We were really playing from behind and the guys just really did an incredible job to get back in the game.”

As they trailed, Doodnauth said they stressed one possession at a time to the team and that they have to value the basketball. He said they were working hard to get rebounds. “But the turnovers are what’s costing us so we kept reminding them in the timeouts, they have to value the possessions,” he said.

Doodnauth said it will take a lot of hard work to win the next game and advance. “That’s a great team. That’s a great coach, so we’re going to have to even fight harder next game,” he noted. “I know they’re gonna want to stay in it, so hard work.”

Brewley said his players need to practice—something they haven’t done all year. “This week, we’re going to see if we can figure it out, on the defensive and offensive sides,” he said, while being asked if they’ll be swept. “I don’t think so. I have the better team. It’s just that they have to put in some time as a unit and to understand one another.”

In Jr. Division play, Z6ne Bay Youths advanced to face Jr. Skillful Ballers on Sunday, following a 63-50 victory over 3D’s Big Dogs, after losing 82-79 on Saturday. Kalique Maduro led their scores with 17 points. Malcolm Christopher poured in 16 and snarled 12 rebounds. Jelani Corey added 11 points and eight rebounds while Alonzo Baptiste dominated the boards with 17 to go with his 10 points and six steals. Jason Audain Jr.,  led 3D’s with 23. Kymal Panchoo dropped in a 12 points, 12 rebounds double double.

Jr. East Rockers avenged a 67-65 Friday night loss to Jr. Mega Mix, with a 90-54 Saturday night triumph. T’Coy Tyson led the Jr. Rockers with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Kyle Leader dominated the boards with 25 to go with 17 points, four blocks and three steals. Ken-Norris Pitt added 15 while Aaron Williams III, poured in 11 and snatched 14 rebounds.

Verne Frett was Jr. Mega Mix’s top score with 23 points and 14 rebounds. D’Relle Clyne settled for a 13 points 12 rebounds double double.  

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