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Baseliners basketball team will be hopeful of continuing their fine performances in the Barbados Amateur Basketball Association’s (BABA) upcoming play-offs.
Date February 19, 2006 by Barry Alleyne Compliments of the Nation News
MULTIPLE CARIBBEAN Most-Valuable-Player Andrew Alleyne will make a timely return to wearing national basketball colours next month, when Barbados becomes the first team from the Caribbean to play in the Commonwealth Games, in Melbourne, Australia.
Alleyne, still playing professionally in England for the Brighton Bears, missed out on national duty in 2004 when Barbados placed second in the Caribbean championships in Cuba, and two months later at the Centro Basket Tournament in the Dominican Republic.
Still considered the region's best player, Alleyne will add a much needed presence in the paint for an international competition, along with another recall, Sidney "Bouncer" Rowe, who was also unavailable in 2004 but was named in the 12-man line-up released
by the Barbados Amateur Basketball Association yesterday.
The team will once again be captained by power-forward Victor Payne, one of three players now based in the United States. The other United States-based players are Dean Browne, who made his debut in aquamarine and gold in Cuba, and Dale Worrell, who will make his debut in Australia next month.
Thanks to their second-placed finish behind hosts Cuba in 2004, Barbados were given a special invitation by the Commonwealth Games Committee, since they were the highest ranked team from this hemisphere which was a member of the Commonwealth.
Along with the United States-based Worrell, the only other player representing his country for the first time will be shooting-forward Jason Smith of the Station Hill Cavaliers, one of the country's best Premier League shooters over the past two seasons.
Two other players recalled to national duty for the Australia trip are point-guard Peter Alleyne and small-forward Adrian Stewart, two former Mr Basketballers who found back their form playing Intermediate Division basketball for British American Jackson.
Big men Andre Boadu and Kelvin Patterson-Browne, as well as shooting guards Jeremy Gill and Zahir Motara, who were part of the silver-medal team in Cuba, retained their places in the team.
The squad will again be coached by former national player Nigel Lloyd, who has held the top position for the past three years. He is also a coach with the pro-British Basketball League and will again be assisted by former national centre, Dwight Rouse.
Francis Williams, a former national point-guard is the team's manager, and Adrian Craigwell the trainer.
Barbados have been grouped along with England, New Zealand and South Africa in Pool B, and play England in their first match on March 16.
The squad: Victor Payne (captain), Andrew Alleyne, Jeremy Gill, Zahir Motara, Jason Smith, Peter Alleyne, Adrian Stewart, Kelvin Patterson-Browne, Andre Boadu, Sidney Rowe, Dean Browne and Dale Worrell.
National Sports Council’s
(NSC) Wibisco/Shirley-sponsored Schoolgirls Competition
by KIRK CORBIN
It may have taken a while in coming, but schoolgirls finally have a basketball league to call their own.
The National Sports Council’s (NSC) Wibisco/Shirley-sponsored Schoolgirls Competition is in its second year, but the consensus is that it is long overdue.
Orland Roach, head coach of league champions Garrison Secondary, is one person who shares such sentiments.
“Actually, it is 13 or 14 years behind time,” said Roach, whose girls beat Louis Lynch in the semifinals and then took out Springer in the final.
“Girls basketball was being played among schools in the north and a league was to have been started. But all you heard was talk and nothing came about.”
Adding that it was easier for girls to gain scholarships, Roach praised the cadre of NSC basketball coaches for finally bringing the league to fruition. Read more
Compliments of the Nation News
Barbados Amateur Basketball Association’s
With their blend of youth and experience, the Bulls completed the first round of the Barbados Amateur Basketball Association’s Premier League tournament on Sunday with another easy victory – 97-80 – over Berger Senators at the Barbados Community College.
The win allowed Clapham to finish their seven first round games with a league best 6-1 record, their only blemish a stunning one-point loss to Tridents last week.
Led by veteran point-guard Ryan Leacock who scored a season-high 29 points, the Bulls led 52-42 at the break, and never looked back. Read more
Monday 12, April-2004
It wasn’t pretty by a long shot, but Solar Dynamics Clapham Bulls will take wins anyway they come this season.
The Barbados Amateur Basketball Association’s Premier League leaders improved their competition-best record to 7-1 on Saturday night, defeating Passoa Station Hill Cavaliers 80-75 in a topsy turvy affair at the indoor gym of the Barbados Community College.
The reason the Bulls were able to come away with another hard-earned victory on a night they didn’t play very well, was because, like any veteran team, they took good shots down the stretch, and scored their free-throws.
Carlos Reid, Ryan Leacock and Mark Foster combined for six consecutive free-throws in the final 80 seconds, which were enough to keep the Cavs at bay. Read more
Under-20 Mini-League Basketball
Thursday 29, April-2004
Endeavour have only themselves to blame for the loss, as complacency and 20 missed free-throws during regulation time contributed to their demise. Harrison College, however, have much to be proud of as their tenacity was rewarded with an historic win.
Information compliments of the Nation News
17th CARICOM championships
Friday 18, June-2004 by Barry Alleyne
The senior national team could smile at the oldest cliche in sports, as they snatched victory from the jaws of defeat Wednesday night, to reach the finals of the 17th CARICOM championships.
The Bajans came into their semifinal match against Jamaica as the top seed after three wins on the trot, and expecting a tough fight.
And amazingly, after sputtering for 36 minutes, they found their rhythm at the right time, and with some luck, managed to edge the Jamaicans 77-75 in the most exciting game of the tournament to date.
And now, they face the mighty home team in the championship match, with a chance to become the first team to beat Cuba on home soil in a regional basketball tournament.
Confederation (CBC) Senior Championships
Web Posted - Tue Jun 15 2004
The Barbados team, reduced to nine players after Natasha Bridgeman injured her ankle at practice on Saturday, also received a good performance Jamilia Griffith who scored ten points and had six rebounds and five steals. Stepping up on the defence and rebounding was Jennifer Joseph Hackett and Shakira Shorey. The Barbados’ men and women’s teams left the island last Wednesday to travel to Cuba. Read more
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