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Kings overpower Bayside Blazers to take first K&J C/ship

- Unity & Future among other division winners
Inaugural K&J 3 on 3 winners Kings are flanked by the tournament organisers and national basketball players. From left: Jason A. Edwin, Karvin Robin, Juan Richard, Sean Woods, Rowan Victor and Kennedy H. Bass. Photo: VINO
Juan Richard of Kings takes a jumper at close range over Houston E. Penn of Bayside Blazers 1. Photo: VINO
Juan Richard of Kings takes a jumper at close range over Houston E. Penn of Bayside Blazers 1. Photo: VINO
Dion Blyden of Bayside Blazers 1 goes airborne past Sean Woods of Kings. Photo: VINO
Dion Blyden of Bayside Blazers 1 goes airborne past Sean Woods of Kings. Photo: VINO
Some of the spectators of the game between Bayside Blazers 1 and Bayside Blazers 2. The former won to advance to the final against Kings. Photo: VINO
Some of the spectators of the game between Bayside Blazers 1 and Bayside Blazers 2. The former won to advance to the final against Kings. Photo: VINO
Sandy E. Nadal of Bayside Blazers 2 looks to take on his marker from Bayside Blazers 1. Photo: VINO
Sandy E. Nadal of Bayside Blazers 2 looks to take on his marker from Bayside Blazers 1. Photo: VINO
Third District Representative and Virgin Islands Party Chairman Hon Julian Fraser RA, seen here seated next to Keith '88' Malone, pays keen attention to one of the games. Photo: VINO
Third District Representative and Virgin Islands Party Chairman Hon Julian Fraser RA, seen here seated next to Keith '88' Malone, pays keen attention to one of the games. Photo: VINO
Shaquille T. Fonseca of Bayside Blazers 2 gets inside for a layup as teammate Louis Poblete looks on. Photo: VINO
Shaquille T. Fonseca of Bayside Blazers 2 gets inside for a layup as teammate Louis Poblete looks on. Photo: VINO
Arrow Tang's Jomoi Levons (with ball) was particularly impressive for his team. Right is teammate Ajai Frett while from left are Renwick Massac and Kmoi Walters. Photo: VINO
Arrow Tang's Jomoi Levons (with ball) was particularly impressive for his team. Right is teammate Ajai Frett while from left are Renwick Massac and Kmoi Walters. Photo: VINO
Action in the championship game in the 13-15 Division between Arrow Tang (white top) and Future. Photo: VINO
Action in the championship game in the 13-15 Division between Arrow Tang (white top) and Future. Photo: VINO
Some of the girls that participated in the K&J 3 on 3 tournament. Photo: VINO
Some of the girls that participated in the K&J 3 on 3 tournament. Photo: VINO
Champion girls of the K&J 3 on 3 tournament. Photo: VINO
Champion girls of the K&J 3 on 3 tournament. Photo: VINO
Losing finalists in the 13-15 Division, Arrow Gang. Photo: VINO
Losing finalists in the 13-15 Division, Arrow Gang. Photo: VINO
13-15 Division champions, Future. Photo: VINO
13-15 Division champions, Future. Photo: VINO
Champions of the 16-18 years Division, Who’s Next with their prizes. Photo: VINO
Champions of the 16-18 years Division, Who’s Next with their prizes. Photo: VINO
Champions of the Over 40 Division, Unity. Photo: VINO
Champions of the Over 40 Division, Unity. Photo: VINO
One of the Sponsors, Digicel, on site. Photo: VINO
One of the Sponsors, Digicel, on site. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Kings managed to stave a spirited comeback attempt by Bayside Blazers 1 to be crowned the Open Men's champions of the inaugural K&J 3 on 3 Basketball Championships that concluded at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex on Sunday March 29, 2015.

The champions won 21-16 in the final with marksman Sean Woods aka ‘Chino’ sinking the winner from downtown.

Juan Richard was simply unstoppable for the Kings as he seemed to score at will and even displayed his confidence by often shouting to the Bayside Blazers 1 management and supporters, “yall men them can’t stop me” as he pounded his chest every time he overpowered his marker in the paint to score.

Blazers 1, which included Javon K. Serrant, Houston E. Penn, Jamal K. Serrant and Dion Blyden, with Roy E. Garraway as coach, seemed headed for an easy loss but found their rhythm late to recover from trailing 12-19 to narrow the deficit to 3 points.

The Serrant brothers were particularly threatening and seemed keen on making an unlikely comeback at the death, much to the hype of their supporters, when Sean Woods aka ‘Chino’ netted one from long range to silence the Bayside Blazers supporters and send his teammates and supporters in celebration mood.

“I am always confident, I have been confident from day one and I really wanted to come ahead because I know it was going to be a challenge and we had to work really hard for it. Before the game started we were talking to each other and challenging each other so I was up for the challenge. I was pepped up and ready,” an elated Richards told Virgin Islands News Online after the win.

Kings received $1200 for the win.

Bayside Blazers fielded two teams in the tournament, with Bayside Blazers 2 reaching the final four but were eliminated by Bayside Blazers 1.

Other results

The 16-18 years Division was won by Who’ Next who defeated Ballers in the final; the 13-15 division was won by Future who overcame Arrow Gang in the championship game while the 9-13 Division was taken by Bang Bros who beat Ballers 1 in the deciding game.

The Over 40 Division was won by Unity who overcame Winners.

One of the organisers, Jason A. Edwin, commenting on the tournament, said there were very positive feedback over the two days the tournament was staged and will definitely be looking to have the tournament again next year, bearing in mind that the first staging was yet a learning experience. “We are going to go back to the drawing board, include all the people involved, and see how we could improve this venture.”

As regards sponsorship, players were thrilled to have received Playstation 4 sets, Xbox and Samsung Galaxy tablets as part of their prizes.

“We set out to bring the Virgin Islands as one and in order to do that we wanted to bring corporate BVI and the people together. We sat down and discussed how we could make the sponsors give back and feel good about it,” Edwin stated.

Sponsors included Mourant Ozannes, Digicel, Caribbean Insurers Ltd., Road Town Wholesale, Busta, Dasani, STO Enterprise, Skelton Group of Companies, Virgin Islands News Online, National Bank of the Virgin Islands, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn, Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3), Honourable Delores Christopher (R5), BVI Hotpress, JTV, Stinky's Barbershop and Banco Popular.

12 Responses to “Kings overpower Bayside Blazers to take first K&J C/ship”

  • DON Q (30/03/2015, 12:04) Like (0) Dislike (10) Reply
    Oh well blazers wheel and come again
  • facts man (30/03/2015, 12:54) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    good job to K & J very nice two days event
  • Twin (30/03/2015, 13:14) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Blazers throw away game deman
  • parent (30/03/2015, 14:56) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    This tournament was second to none in basketball events in the BVI, well done K & J. I wish the man league could get back the excitement that this event brought to us for the past two days.
  • SMH (30/03/2015, 15:24) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Look how funny man dis this league saying the youth need more than basketball hope their patents are taking notes
  • #1 Supporter (30/03/2015, 15:26) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    It was a pleasure to see so many basketball enthusiast together with parental support.

    The games were entertaining on every level and the players displayed a level of sportsmanship that I hope can be restored in the normal league. Kennedy, Jason and the rest of your team, many thanks for an event that showed us all why we still love basketball.

    We'd like to have a toddlers display game in the next event.

    See you next year…
  • VGlooker (30/03/2015, 15:46) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Jason and Kennedy good initiative on getting this event off the ground. The players all looked like they enjoyed themselves. ONO Jason you fine as hell:)
  • parent of two (30/03/2015, 17:01) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    On a lighter note, the two days were idefinitely an EXTRAORDINARY event. Keep it up!
  • chicken (30/03/2015, 20:36) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bouy the guth man dem did well
  • upset (31/03/2015, 21:43) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Minister of Education announces that young people deserves more than basketball. I wonder what he mean by that and he was a sponsor of this tournament. What is his message to K & J?


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