By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
When Dameon Ottley’s 20 points 12 rebounds double double led five East Rockers 2.0, players in double figures during their 78-63 win over the A’s, they were making history with the first victory, as the BVI Basketball Federation was returning from its fourth league stoppage since 1989, with the introduction of the inaugural District League format. Players can only play on teams in the district in which they live.
East Rockers 2.0 who led 40-31 at the half, saw Antwon Robinson dropping in 16 points and Shakeem Tyson narrowly missing a coveted double with 12 points and nine rebounds. Makebo Fahie followed up with 11 points, eight assists and five steals, while Romain Minott added another 10 to the tally with six rebounds.
“I think it’s a good format because it’s a long time we didn’t have a league in Road Town,” Ottley, named Player of the Game, told Island Sun Sports. “It makes all the teams even, so I think it’s a good thing. I’m just happy to get back starting from the district. You see talent from the different villages, so I think it’s a good thing.”
A’s Juan “Juany” Richards said he likes the district format as it gives a lot of young players an opportunity to play on a team. “It’s not just three or four teams and the younger guys don’t have the opportunity, so I really love this aspect of the district league,” said Richards who had 16 points and 13 boards for the team, behind Azim Beazer’s 17 points, seven rebounds, four steals and four assists night. “It brings out the development of young players and we get to see more of the talent from certain districts.”
Knowing that the gym would be hot because of no air conditioning, Coach Derwin Scatliffe said he tried introducing a new level of basketball—trying to move the ball, create easy shots and try to help players save energy.
“The bench isn’t deep,” he said, noting that three players are hurt. “The aim was basically to try and move the ball, slow the ball, not to really run too much and basically try to save legs—as in the last quarter when they went small and tried to turn it up and made those runs a couple of times.”
In the second game, Mega Mix brothers Tavon Phillip and Douran Phillip had 29 points and 13 boards and 19 points and 12 rebounds respectively, during their 76-70 victory over Skillful Ballers. Larique Austrie and Dioriys “Migo” Joseph dropped in 17 points each with Austrie blocking seven shots.
“No one is stronger than anyone so it’s all about building,” Mega Mix’s Coach Brian “Bash” Brewley said. “Personally, I love the district format. I’m in the Second (District) and I’m trying to build the Second. They say everybody in the town has the best coaches, so I live in the Second and I’m repping the Second and I’m going to make sure build it strong. When everybody gets together and knows what they have to do, they’re going to have a lot of problems with this team.”
Lenrique Austrie had a 22 points 11 rebounds double double, to lead Jr. Skillful Ballers past the VG Jr. Bayside Blazers, 79-75, to earn Player of the Game honors. The victory avenged a loss in the Sea Cows Bay Basketball Club’s Martin Luther King Jr. Classic in January. Javin Wattley followed up by narrowly missing a double double with 13 points and nine rebounds. Dylan Mathavious added another 10 points to the tally, to go with seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Nikel Stevens had game highs of 23 points and pulled 21 off the rack, to lead Jr. Bayside Blazers scores. Lekoy Lennard flirted with a triple double, settling for 16 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Demron Glasgow pulled 20 rebounds to go with his 11 points and seven blocks.
The VG Blazers crushed the Filipinas, 92-43, as Kimron Telemaque top scored with 19 points and earned Player of the Game laurels. Veteran Gary “The Glove” Hillhouse, dropped in 10 points and six rebounds while Stephano Paul also had 10 pointe and snatched seven rebounds.
Allan Vegel and Glen Charles, were the Filipinas’ top scorers with 12 and 10 points respectively.
A thrilling victory capped off the weekend, when the Guns who outscored Z6NE, 20-6 in the opening quarter, before being outscored 20-9 in the second, needed overtime to trim their rivals, 74-73. Ray Victor, who would earn Player of the Game honors, narrowly missed a double double with a game high 25 points and 9 rebounds. His brother Rowan followed up with 14 points, six assists, five steals and four rebounds. Nathan France and Tquan Stoutt added 10 points each with seven and eight rebounds respectively.
Mikey Joseph led Z6NE with a 17 points 19 board double, double. Deon Smith and Nichols Charles dropped another 10 points on the scoresheet respectively, with Smith also grabbing eight rebounds.