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Knights & Spartans latest winners in Hon Fraser Save the Seed League

- League suspended over discipline concerns
In a lopsided affair in the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed League on Saturday September 26, 2015, Spartans whipped Pure Playaz 97-75 with a game high 29 points from Nikos Penn, who also completed his night’s work with 10 rebounds, 11 steals and 10 assists.
A Pure Playaz player charges down the court in the game against Spartans on September 26, 2015. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
A Pure Playaz player charges down the court in the game against Spartans on September 26, 2015. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Pure Playaz battled hard but still fell by some margin to a game Spartans. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Pure Playaz battled hard but still fell by some margin to a game Spartans. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
In the Junior Division, the game on Saturday September 26, 2015 between Swaggas and Elite Ballerz was forfeited in favour of Swaggas. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
In the Junior Division, the game on Saturday September 26, 2015 between Swaggas and Elite Ballerz was forfeited in favour of Swaggas. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
 The postponement of the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League will affect all games including in the Junior Division. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
The postponement of the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League will affect all games including in the Junior Division. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League last saw action on Saturday September 26, 2015 before the surprise announcement a day later that the League was suspended until further notice.

In a lopsided affair, Spartans whipped Pure Playaz 97-75 with a game high 29 points from Nikos Penn, who also completed his night’s work with 10 rebounds, 11 steals and 10 assists.

Requan Fahie also had a stellar performance with 19 points and 21 rebounds and Lenroy Grant 16 with 8 rebounds.

For the Playaz, Jose Balbueno battled his way to 20 points with 16 rebounds, Jeron Barnes sunk a valiant 19 points and Dekembe Parson 18, all in a losing effort.

Knights scale New Heights

The Knights then continued their winning ways following a shakey start in the League by beating New Heights 75-67.

Long range shooting specialist Nicols C. Charles led all scorers with 25 points while Regg Penn added 21 points with 22 rebounds, Dalvern Blyden 8 points with 16 rebounds and Shikeem Freeman 11 rebounds.

For New Heights, Deon Smith scored 18 points with 10 rebounds and Dale Peters 16 with 12 rebounds.

Forfeits

In the Senior Division, the game between Real Tool and Run it Red was forfeited in favour of Run it Red.

Also, on Friday September 26, 2015, the game between Avengers and Warriors was forfeited in favour of Warriors.

In the Junior Division, the game on Saturday September 26, 2015 between Swaggas and Elite Ballerz was forfeited in favour of Swaggas.

Further, on Saturday the game between Esplash Brothers and West Gunners was forfeited due to disrespectful and unsportsmanlike behaviour by West Gunners. Therefore, Esplash Brothers were declared the winners.

League suspended until further notice

Meanwhile, in a surprise announcement on September 27, 2015 the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League stated that the League has been postponed until further notice.

In an invited comment, Chairman of the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed League Committee Mr Julian Willock said the postponement had to do with concerns of indiscipline among players.

“The directors and co-founders Hon Julian Fraser and Bishop John I. Cline want to do a reassessment of the League because there have been some issues of indiscipline. There have been some issues with the lack of respect for the game, the fans, the referees’ authority, so the directors want to do a reassessment as to where we are and what corrective measures may need to be taken and whether teams in general are serious about playing by the rules and exhibiting good sportsmanship,” Mr Willock told Virgin Islands News Online.

The League, in its 3rd year of staging, is nearing the playoffs with defending champions Bayside Blazers unbeaten so far. Other teams that seem keen on preventing a Blazers repeat include Warriors, Run it Red, West Gunners and ESplash Brothers.

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