Nuff Respect tames BVI Strong in Showtime in Paradise Basketball Tournament

St. Thomas Nuff Respect’s Julien Lowenstein looks for someone to pass the ball to as BVI Strong’s Jamari Pemberton attempts to deflect

By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway 

The Multipurpose Sports Complex came alive over the weekend, when the Sea Cows Bay Basketball Club launched its 9-12 and 13-15 Showtime in Paradise Basketball Tournament as part of its 25thanniversary activities, featuring teams from St. Thomas and Tortola.

Led by Vincent Frett Jr.’s 17 points and six rebounds, Nuff Respect began play with a 36-15 victory over their St. Thomas counterpart Zero Tolerance on Friday night, while BVI Strong overpowered Tola Ballers, 31-11.

On Saturday, Zero Tolerance turned back Tola Ballers, 26-6, while Frett had 10 points, five steals and three rebounds in helping Nuff Respect roll past turnover prone BVI Strong, 28-4.

“I think the tournament had great promise behind it and I can tell the organizers wanted the best for these youths and to see them do good and their love for the game of basketball,” Nuff Respect’s coach Kishawn Calendar said. “I was happy that we were invited over and we were able to showcase our talent against some of the best BVI players.”

Calendar said he saw lots of potential in the BVI players and encouraged them to practice, practice, practice. 

“That’s what our team does—practice year-round, at least twice a week, sometimes up to four,” he noted. “With practice you learn more about basketball and more about life. It makes you a better person and first and foremost, a better basketball player.”

McLean, who founded SCBBC on April 1, 1994, said he thought the tournament was very exciting and would have liked to see more fans coming out and supporting the BVI teams. 

“We didn’t have a homefield advantage,” he noted. “We played in the BVI, but we didn’t have that support and I think that would have been awesome. The parents, referees and scorers came out and did a very good job and I’m very happy about it.”

McLean said when he looked at the talent levels, he recognized that in order to improve the talent level in the BVI, they must train and practice and they must be on top of their game. He said the players who represented the BVI were thrown together and they didn’t have solid practices.

“We need to improve in that area and we need the public, parents and everybody, to really support these kids going forward,” he said. “That will help them improve in many different ways.”

Among awards doled out, Nuff Respect’s Vern Frett Jr. scored the most points, had the most rebounds and was named tournament MVP. Zero Tolerance’s Kareem Pinnoy and the BVI’ Strong’s D’jahniah Pembertom, were the tournament’s Most Exciting Players.  

Milton McLean will lead a team to the CNBA South King Basketball Classic in Orlando, Florida,April 4-11.