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BVI defeated by DR in final of ‘Battle of the Fittest’

- first time BVI has failed to win the championship
A dejected looking BVI Bayside Blazers after losing to the Dominican Republic in the final of the 6th annual ‘Battle of the Fittest’ Basketball Tournament in Philipsburg, St Maarten on July 20, 2019. Photo: Team of Reporters
The Dominican Republic are the champions of the 6th annual ‘Battle of the Fittest’ Basketball Tournament held in Philipsburg, St Maarten. Photo: Team of Reporters
The Dominican Republic are the champions of the 6th annual ‘Battle of the Fittest’ Basketball Tournament held in Philipsburg, St Maarten. Photo: Team of Reporters
First quarter action in the game between BVI Bayside Blazers and Dominican Republic in the championship game of the 6th annual ‘Battle of the Fittest’ Basketball Tournament in Philipsburg, St Maarten on July 20, 2019. Photo: Team of Reporters
First quarter action in the game between BVI Bayside Blazers and Dominican Republic in the championship game of the 6th annual ‘Battle of the Fittest’ Basketball Tournament in Philipsburg, St Maarten on July 20, 2019. Photo: Team of Reporters
BVI Bayside Blazers on the attack against the Dominican Republic in the 6th annual ‘Battle of the Fittest’ Basketball Tournament held in Philipsburg, St Maarten on July 20, 2019. Photo: Team of Reporters
BVI Bayside Blazers on the attack against the Dominican Republic in the 6th annual ‘Battle of the Fittest’ Basketball Tournament held in Philipsburg, St Maarten on July 20, 2019. Photo: Team of Reporters
Head coach Ronald Simmons aka 'Gola' speaks to the BVI Bayside Blazers players during their clash with Dominican Republic in the championship game of the 6th annual ‘Battle of the Fittest’ Basketball Tournament in Philipsburg, St Maarten on July 20, 2019. Photo: Team of Reporters
Head coach Ronald Simmons aka 'Gola' speaks to the BVI Bayside Blazers players during their clash with Dominican Republic in the championship game of the 6th annual ‘Battle of the Fittest’ Basketball Tournament in Philipsburg, St Maarten on July 20, 2019. Photo: Team of Reporters
PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten, WI- BVI Bayside Blazers found the Dominican Republic a force too tough as they surrendered their title to their Spanish-speaking opponents in the final of the 6th annual ‘Battle of the Fittest’ Basketball Tournament in Philipsburg, St Maarten last night, July 20, 2019.

The star studded BVI squad lost 74-88 at a jam packed L.B. Scott Sports Auditorium. It was the second time losing to the Dominican Republic at this year’s tournament and the first time the BVI (3 titles) will not be returning with the championship trophy since they began participating.

The defeat came despite a heroic effort from killven M. Samuel who knocked down 26 points, pulled 7 rebounds and made 3 assists.

Adrian D. Joseph contributed 15 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 1 assist, also in a valiant but vain effort for BVI Bayside Blazers.

The Dominican Republic were led by MVP Hansel Salvador, who ended with 30 points and Michael Mendoza, who also netted 30 points.

BVI 2019 Team

The BVI 12 member team comprised team captain Jason A. Edwin, Killven M. Samuel, Kimani T. Stevens, Adrian D. Joseph, Dextroy D. Mamswell, Shamarr A. George, Daven D. Ottley, Melvin H. Haynes, Cleo D. Sears, Deon J. Edwin, Kleon C. Penn, and Dion M. Blyden.

The Head Coach was Ronald Simmons aka ‘Gola’, Assistant Coach Trevor M. Stevens aka 'West', Trainer Karl M. Scatliffe and Special Advisor/Scorer Eustace C. Freeman aka 'Boss'.

The team was managed by Hon Julian Willock and Assistant Manager Derrick R. Varlack.

12 Responses to “BVI defeated by DR in final of ‘Battle of the Fittest’”

  • lol (21/07/2019, 12:13) Like (2) Dislike (30) Reply
    Set of losers
    • wize up (21/07/2019, 16:14) Like (26) Dislike (2) Reply
      @ lol: mindful you entitled to your opinion but it’s some folks like you......some young people up and down our communities violating; here we have a group of young folk being positive and you label them a set of losers
    • SMH (21/07/2019, 17:04) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
      If you think you can make the team better then next time you go help them.
    • Really (21/07/2019, 17:26) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
      They came second and that’s what your small brain chose to speak from your big mouth? ReLly!
    • Yo (21/07/2019, 17:47) Like (6) Dislike (12) Reply
      No leslie no steve, what dod u guys expect?
  • Champions (21/07/2019, 14:39) Like (25) Dislike (1) Reply
    I applaud their efforts and their dedication. I'm sure they did their best.
    Congratulations!! Hopefully next year they will regain the title.
  • SMH (22/07/2019, 07:43) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Was a bad idea to axe Ray from the team
  • Oilseed (22/07/2019, 09:04) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    The guys has done well, I congratulate them on their success.
  • Big Bad BVI team Supporter (22/07/2019, 09:35) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    That game was sweet. We need to learn how to encourage rather than pull down. The team did well. We do not have to always win but winning feels good. We been on a streak and we still came second, not like we came last.
  • cay (22/07/2019, 10:26) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    The bvi team did well, there will always be haters and those non talented players who will never make the team chatting cow droppings
  • Real Talk (22/07/2019, 15:06) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Even in the NBA no team ever won more than 5 straight championships,
    so what they trying to say.


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