New BVI Basketball Federation District League champ to be crowned

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Caption: Mega Mix’s player Coach Steve Parillon, right, attempts to block A’s Captain Juan “Juany” Richard’s shot 

By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

Mega Mix and Skillful Ballers will determine who will be the next BVI Basketball Federation District League champions, after disposing of their respective opponents.

Mega Mix ousted league champs and 2021 runners up A’s on Sunday night, with a chilling 73-71 victory, after the A’s won the regular season with a 10-0 record, but fell in the best of three series, 2-1. Skillful Ballers beat the Gunz, 79-60, for their place in the championships.  

Several requests for game stats from the BVI Basketball Federation from Sunday’s deciding game were not provided for inclusion in this story.

“Everybody was counting us out during the regular season. We regrouped and I took over the team as player coach and I’ve been here before,” Mega Mix’s Steve Parillon said. “Anybody that follows basketball knows that I led Splash Brothers as player coach to the Save The Seed Championship in 2016 and now I’m back in the championship, we’re going for the win.”

After the A’s used a 90-69 win on Friday to even the series, Parillon told his team not to hold their heads down because the A’s were the hungrier team. He noted that they beat the Virgin Gorda Mystics—who played as Bayside Blazers and won the inaugural District League title last year—won game one and was complacent in the second game.

“But tonight, we were hungry and we kept that hunger straight through the game,” he noted. “My two dogs, the brothers Duron and Tavon Phillips, came out to neutralize the A’s tonight. They’re a good team. We put a box on Bugs (Jevon Demming), I don’t think he scored in the fourth quarter in this game.”

A’s Coach Hemant Doodnaught said it was a tough game and they made crucial turnovers late in the game. “With a team like Mega Mix, when you turn over the ball, it’s like giving them scoring opportunities, so those cost us—rebounding, turnovers would decide any game and obviously free throw,” he said, noting the game was intense. “We were attacking more. Mega Mix changed up their defense and we didn’t adjust in time so they just took away scoring opportunities from us. They’re a good team, they adjusted and we responded too late.”

Doodnaught said it was a good season. “The next season has started now,” he said.  

Parillon said Skillful Ballers is similar to the Golden State Warriors, as they are a run and gun team. As a bigger team, they’ll have to take them down low, bang them inside and get them in foul trouble.

“It’s going to be a great series,” Parillon said. “They beat us in the regular season so we owe them,” he said. “The strength of their team is the guards. They have a variety of guards—about five that can put the ball in the hole. They don’t have a lot of bigs. We have the bigs, they have the smalls so we’re going to see who wins—big or small.”

Skillful Ballers Coach Ronnie “Gola” Norman, said he’s looking for a strong hard game as Mega Mix don’t give up. “I’m not coming to give up either,” he said. “We’re coming to play ball. They better be ready to run because I like to run.”

Norman said some of Mega Mix’s players want to shoot, some want to drive and he needs to see who’s in the game to make adjustments. “Once my boys come out to play, it’s easy picking,” he said. “I’m going to use my speed regardless of who I play. Their height doesn’t bother me. Their big men like to go at everything and I’m going to send men to them, to get them in early foul trouble. Once I get them in foul trouble, it’s easy sailing.”

Norman has a team in the championship in every division and said he’s looking for all of them to become District League champions. “That’s what practice is about. That’s what they’re coming out to do—win it all,” he said.  

Norman said his U15 team is undefeated, his Jr. team that won the title last year is a “little small” because some of the players have gone off to play in AAU competitions with other teams. “But with the way I coach and the players I have, I think I can still get it done,” he said of winning titles. 

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