Defending Champs Blazers Facing Big Test Fraser League Playoffs

Bayside Blazers' Dione Blyden, left and West Gunners' D'Moi Hodge will go at it again starting on Friday, with a chance to advance to the league finals

Bayside Blazers’ Dione Blyden, left and West Gunners’ D’Moi Hodge will go at it again starting on Friday, with a chance to advance to the league finals


By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

For defending champs Bayside Blazers, it’s all on the line on Friday night in the Hon. Julian Fraser Save The Seed Basketball League semifinals. Revenge after a 111-67 blow out loss; fighting to defend its title and proving that they arebetter than unbeaten West Gunners.

Both Bayside Blazers and unbeaten West Gunners tuned up for their crucial face off on Friday, as they were among teams sweeping their opponents in the first round of the playoff over the weekend, amid forfeitures.

Bayside Blazers opened play with a 104-91 victory over the Warriors on Friday, then used Sekayi Peterson’s 21 points and 13 rebounds during Saturday’s 80-76 elimination victory. He also had seven steals and five assists. Dione Blyden followed up with 17 points while dishing out eight assists. Steve Parillon dropped in another 15.

Juan Hatchett topped the Warriors scores with 18 points and pulled 10 off the rack. Tarique Wattley finished with 14, while Allison Leonard had 12 and Juron Jones, 10.

Unbeaten West Gunners crushed the Starz, 109-50 and eliminated them after taking the opener 87-75. Jamari James dropped in 28 points to lead five West Gunners players in double figures. Gerald Vanterpool and Bjorn Caleb followed up with 16 points a piece. Caleb snatched 15 rebounds and Vanterpool nine to go with seven steals. Brothers Josh and Ray Victor added 13 to the tally respectively.

Dwayne Stoutt was the only Starz player in double figures, scoring 33 of their 50 points. West Gunners—who hammered Bayside Blazers 111-67—will meet the defending champs in Friday night’s last game.

Splash Brothers trimmed Talk Done, 66-64, before Talk Done forfeited Sunday night’s game.  Shakoy Dagou paced Splash Brothers with 22 points and 10 rebounds.  Michael Benjamin poured in 13 and Travis Issac, 12.

Enrique Harrigan led Talk Done with 22 points and 14 boards. Clint Weston added 19 points and nine rebounds. Jamoi Dore finished with 10.

A nigh after becoming Chairman of the Boards with a playoff best 21 rebounds to go with his 11 points during a 74-59 victory, Regg Penn returned with 20 points and 15 rebounds in helping the Knights advance to meet Splash Brothers, with an 82-55 victory over New Heights. They will square off in the first playoff game at 7 p.m.

Jevon Serrant added 13 points while Eustace Freeman contributed an 11 points 11 rebounds double double. New Height’s Dudley Richardson narrowly missed a double double with his game high 22 points and nine rebounds. Terry “Federal” Turnbull and Kameron Young poured in 10 points respectively.