By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Mega Mix seized the lead in the second half, then fended off East Rockers 2.0, 84-81 on Saturday night at the Multipurpose Sports Complex, in the return of BVI Basketball Federation District League play, following a break from the Covid-19 outbreak in July.
Douron Phillips led Mega Mix with a game high 36 points and 13 boards double, double. Tavon Phillips added 21 points and snatched 15 off the rack, to go with five steals. Devante Brewley poured in another 14 points. Romain Minott was East Rockers 2.0 top scorer with 22 points and 15 rebounds. Riquan Fahie dropped in 15 points and pulled 13 boards. Makebo Fahie and Dexton Gaton, added 14 and 11 points respectively.
With strict protocols on gatherings and a 7 p.m. curfew in place, teams were handcuffed in what they could do with practice sessions leading to the league’s restart.
“The fellows ain’t really been playing basketball, haven’t been doing anything, others aren’t sure they want to play in this atmosphere of Covid,” East Rockers 2.0 Coach Derwin Scatliffe told Island Sun Sports. “We were down several men but the guys decided they’d come and put up a fight and that’s what we did. The break affected us tremendously. Some of the guys are looking to go back overseas; some haven’t been on a basketball court in three, four weeks; you come out here and you’re risking injuries because you didn’t have 2-3 weeks’ time to sweat or get the body in shape to come back and play competitive basketball. I respect the players who said they needed a couple of weeks to get back in shape.”
Mega Mix Coach Brian “Bash” Brewley said the break left everyone rusty but it was still a nice game.
“We made some turnovers but late in the game, we put pressure with man to man, they turned over the ball and that’s where we got ahead in the game,” he pointed out. “That break did real damage. Everybody is out of synch. Before the break, everybody was almost at their peak, but right now we just have to get back together, put in some work, learn to play together as a unit because we didn’t play together as a unit, otherwise the game would have been a blowout from the start.”
With the two best power forwards in the league, Brewley said he wanted his team to get the ball more inside. “We have the size on them but we didn’t do a good job getting the ball inside to those guys. On the boards, we have to go back to the drawing board. We’re not boxing out. we have a lot of improvements to make round and round.”
The Virgin Gorda Bayside Blazers improved to 8-0, with a 78-60 win over Skillful Ballers. Demoi Bradley was their leading scorer with 16 points and seven rebounds. Travis Issac added 14, while Shamaar George contributed a 10 points 10 rebounds double double. Gary “The Glove” Hillhouse and Elian O’Neal, also finished with 10 points respectively. Dwayne Stoutt led Skillful Ballers with a game high 32 points and eight rebounds. Dione Blyden dropped a 15 points 15 boards double to the tally.
Jaquan Hodge had 19 points and 10 rebounds as Z6NE Bay Youths beat Jr. East Rockers, 72-70. Jelani Croey added 16 with 12 rebounds. Shamari Maduro dropped in 14 and Kalique Maduro, 13. Zachry Luke was Jr. East Rockers leading scorer with 19 points and eight rebounds. Aaron Williams III finished with 17, while Ken-Norris Pitt and Tcoy Tyson, chipped in 13 and 11 respectively.
Deshawn Matthew had 21 points with five steals and five rebounds in leading Z6NE the Hawks, 84-56. Mikey Joseph and Nathaniel “Nat” Malone added 14 and 12 respectively. Vadelle Ible and Yakeem Frett were the Hawks leading scorers with 16 and 11 points each.
The Filipinas whipped the Da 3rd, 98-64, behind 25 points, six rebounds and four steals from Dreyonte Finley. Delbert Samuel added 22 with 16 boards. Nixon Hamilton settled for 19 and pulled 11 boards while Louie Plobete poured in another 18. Kymal Panchoo narrowly missed a double double for Da 3rd with 18 points and nine rebounds. Kendrick Matthew and Carron Dasent contributed 12 and 10 respectively.
The Guns shot out with a 31-9 first quarter lead to overpower the Hawks, 91-74, as Ray Victor scored 21 of his 27 points off treys. He also had 10 rebounds and dished out five assists. Kyle Abraham had a 23 points 12 rebounds double double. Rowan Victor added another 18. Tquan Stoutt and Kameron Young, had 10 and 11 points respectively and 12 and 15 rebounds for their doubles. Damian Hooper led the Hawks with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Vadelle Ible and Yakeem Frett added 14 each and Donaldson Layne and Shackoy Smith, had 10 respectively.
Z6NE trimed the A’s, 77-75. Mikey Joseph had 21 points and 13 rebounds, Nathaniel “Nat” Malone, 15 with seven rebounds. Deon Smith snatched a double with 12 points and 11 rebounds and Deshawn Matthew missed a double with 12 points and nine rebounds. The A’s Javon Demming had a game best 24 points and 12 boards. Shakeem Blackmore, 16 points and 12 rebounds and Juan “Juany” Richards, 15 points and 12 off the glass. —