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BVI Basketball Team arrived on St. Maarten for regional Tournament

- Games starts tonight Sunday July 15, 2018 at LB Scott Sports Auditorium in St. Maarten (Dutch side), where BVI will play first game.
BVI Bayside Blazers in their first practice session this morning July 15, 2018. Photo: Team of Reporters
Team BVI will play their first game 6:00 P.M. tonight July 15, 2018 against Holland. Photo: Team of Reporters
Team BVI will play their first game 6:00 P.M. tonight July 15, 2018 against Holland. Photo: Team of Reporters
Dream of Reality Tournament 2018 starts today with an opening ceremony. Top 4 teams will advance to semifinals on Friday and finals on Saturday. Photo: Team of Reporters
Dream of Reality Tournament 2018 starts today with an opening ceremony. Top 4 teams will advance to semifinals on Friday and finals on Saturday. Photo: Team of Reporters
PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten, WI- The BVI team arrived in St. Maarten yesterday, Saturday July 14, 2018 for the fifth annual Dreams to Reality Foundation 2018 Battle of the Fittest 5 on 5 Basketball Tournament.

The basketball games will run from July 15 to July 21, 2018.

BVI Ready!

The team named BVI Bayside Blazers is managed by Julian Willock and coached by Ronald Simmonds aka ‘Gola’.  BVI Bayside Blazers is in for a packed schedule with game each night, starting tonight at 6:00 P.M., playing at the LB Scott Sports Auditorium in St. Maarten, against Holland.

While the BVI will play each night against other teams in the regional tournament, the big night will be Thursday July 19, 2018 when they come up against the USA team, as the competition is expected to be aggressive.

The team under the coaching guidance of Mr. Simmons with support from assistant Coach Trevor M. Stevens aka ‘West’ of Virgin Gorda, had their first practice this morning July 15, 2018 with the full team even though some of the players had relocated from the BVI following Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Team captain Ray D. Victor speaking to our St. Maarten correspondence noted that his “team is ready and looking forward to bringing home another win for the Territory.”    The games will also be streaming live on Facebook.

Come to the games-Willock

Manager of the Team Mr. Willock noted that Coach Simmons “have put a strong team together that is a combination of talent, experience and high basketball IQ, so I am not worried.”

He added, "residents who can make it to St. Maarten to support the team this week should do so to root for the hometown team, and fly the BVI flag."

Sponsors

The Bank of Asia is the Team’s platinum sponsor. Other contributors include NAGICO Insurance, House of Luxury, Road Town Wholesale, Midnight Marine Holdings/EZ Shipping, Skelton Group of Companies, Caribbean Cellars, Nanny Cay Marina and Hotel, J & C Trading, Sunleaf Construction Ltd., Primer Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith OBE, Hon Andrew A. Fahie, Hon. Archibald C. Christian, Hon. Alvera Maduro-Caines, Hon. Kedrick D. Pickering, Julian Willock, Mitsy Ellis-Simpson, Moneygram, BVI Tourist Board, JML delivery, Circle Café, Delta Petroleum, BCQS, Premier Insurance Limited, BVI Olympic Committee, The Boys,  and Triple A Trucking.

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