By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Virgin Gorda’s Bregado Flax made its first venture into the Primary Schools Basketball League successfully by downing St. Georges 31-16, to win their first title in the fifth edition of the league.
Both teams entered the championship game undefeated, after Bregado Flax powered past Enis Adams, 38-26 in the semifinals and St. Georges fended off Althea Scatliffe, 31-27.
Jahdnique Winchester and Tyriece Carrasco had seven points respectively for Bregado Flax, who held St. Georges scoreless in the first half by building a 19-0 lead. Kahmani Caul and Kyreek Cardner followed up with six and four points contributions to the tally.
Kade Chalwell scored 12 of St. Georges’ 16 points in the second half as they outscored Bregado Flax, 16-12 in the second half.
Sharlene Hill said Bregado Flax was the most fundamentally sound team in the league. “Some of the players play in the C League of the Summer Jam Tournament on Virgin Gorda and they have been together for a very long time,” Hill noted. “St. Georges didn’t play as fundamentally sound as they usually do but it all came back down to passes because as a team, they played more of a one man game.”
Enis Adams raced to a 24-11 halftime lead en route to claiming third place with a 38-30 triumph over Althea Scatliffe. Kawa Williams has a game high 17 points for Enis Adams. Malcolm Christopher added seven while Keshawn Esprit and Kajarri Lettsome poured in another six and four points respectively.
Elroy Bollers paced Althea Scatliffe with 10 points. Stephen Emmanuel finished with eight. Jonathan Jackson and Karlyiek Benjamin added six and four point a piece.
Sharlene Hill said teams this year were more evenly balanced. “Last year we had Francis Lettsome who was really exceptional, probably just below the level of Bregado Flax and Joyce Samuel played at a high level too, as they were the dominant teams last year with the bigger players,” she explained. “What changed the game is that last year, we allowed the 13 year olds to play and this year we did not—it was a 12 and under tournament. So some of the schools that had the older children, they were not able to play. The 13 year olds were mostly dominating the games last year. They could have gotten a rebound and go from post to post then make the shot by themselves. This year it was a lot more passing for the teams that were a bit more balanced.”