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Nicolas C. Laurac In! Verne W. Turnbull Out! Fired as Knights B/ball Coach

Mr Nicolas C. Laurac (left) is the new coach of the Knights basketball team, replacing Mr Verne W. Turnbull. Photo: Facebook
Knights were runners up in the 2014 edition of the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League. At right is former Head Coach Verne W. Turnbull. Photo: File
Knights were runners up in the 2014 edition of the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League. At right is former Head Coach Verne W. Turnbull. Photo: File
Some of the Knights players at the opening of the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League at the Save the Seed Energy Centre on August 15, 2015. Mr Verne W. Turnbull is at right. Photo: VINO/File
Some of the Knights players at the opening of the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League at the Save the Seed Energy Centre on August 15, 2015. Mr Verne W. Turnbull is at right. Photo: VINO/File
Knights are regarded as one of the top 5 basketball teams in the League with players like Jevon K. Serrant aka Twin (seen here going for a lay up), former college player Houston E. Penn and three points specialist Nichols Charles. This year their Draft pick-up is Eustace 'Boss' Freeman. Photo: VINO/File
Knights are regarded as one of the top 5 basketball teams in the League with players like Jevon K. Serrant aka Twin (seen here going for a lay up), former college player Houston E. Penn and three points specialist Nichols Charles. This year their Draft pick-up is Eustace 'Boss' Freeman. Photo: VINO/File
Charles C. Nichols (with ball) is a lethal three-point specialist for the 2014 finalists Knights who would be seeking to step up their game in the Hon Julian Fraser Basketball League. Photo: VINO/File
Charles C. Nichols (with ball) is a lethal three-point specialist for the 2014 finalists Knights who would be seeking to step up their game in the Hon Julian Fraser Basketball League. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Verne W. Turnbull doing duties as Head Coach of Knights on August 15, 2015 when they lost to Bayside Blazers after throwing away an 18-point lead in the 4th quarter. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Verne W. Turnbull doing duties as Head Coach of Knights on August 15, 2015 when they lost to Bayside Blazers after throwing away an 18-point lead in the 4th quarter. Photo: VINO/File
Former college player Houston E. Penn (left) is also a key component of the Knights outfit. Photo: VINO/File
Former college player Houston E. Penn (left) is also a key component of the Knights outfit. Photo: VINO/File
The regular season for the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed League is just past the half way stage. Photo: VINO
The regular season for the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed League is just past the half way stage. Photo: VINO
This is the second time a Head Coach has been fired from the Knights Basketball Team in less than three years. The inaugural staging of the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League in 2013 saw the termination of Coach Ashaud D. L. Lewis. Photo: Provided
This is the second time a Head Coach has been fired from the Knights Basketball Team in less than three years. The inaugural staging of the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League in 2013 saw the termination of Coach Ashaud D. L. Lewis. Photo: Provided
DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- There has been a big shakeup in the Knights Basketball Team camp. Word just reaching our sports desk is that Head Coach Verne W. Turnbull aka Bego has been fired.

Knights are the runner's up of the 2014 Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League. They were beaten by Bayside Blazers in a best of three finals in November last year.

This year, in the 2015 season, they are one of 15 senior teams in the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League, however, they have won three games and lost two so far. They lost on the League’s opening night to Bayside Blazers on August 15, 2015. This was even after being 18 points up in the 4th Quarter.

On September 6, 2015 the Knights lost to Esplash Brothers 73-58.

Knights, who are in the Eastern Division of the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League, are now ranked third behind the unbeaten Esplash Brothers and New Heights.

The firing of Mr Turnbull was confirmed by a senior member of the team who wished for their name not to be used.

Efforts to reach the former Head Coach for a comment were not successful.

New Head Coach

Mr Turnbull, who was sacked two weeks ago, will be replaced by male super model and former Knights basketball player Nicolas C. Laurac, according to senior sources inside the Knights camp.

When contacted, Mr Laurac confirmed that he is now the new Head Coach of Knights.

He also said his aim was to motivate the team members to perform to potential.

“It’s just to let them see that they have the potential, the skill, manpower and togetherness to do what we have to do. We didn’t get a good start to the regular season but I think we will do better now as players get to feel out each other and grow in confidence,” Mr Laurac told Virgin Islands News Online.

Knights will play their next game on Saturday September 19, 2015 against Talk Done from 8pm.

It remains unclear what led to Mr Turnbull's termination after taking his Knights squad to the 2014 Championship.

This is the second time a Head Coach has been fired from the Knights Basketball Team in less than three years. The inaugural staging of the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League in 2013 saw the termination of Coach Ashaud D. L. Lewis.

Knights are regarded as one of the top 5 basketball teams in the League with players like Jevon K. Serrant aka Twin, former college player Houston E. Penn and three points specialist Charles C. Nichols. This year their Draft pick-up is Eustace 'Boss' Freeman.

Games continue

Meanwhile, games in the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League, which continue this evening September 18, 2015, are expected to be filled with much excitement, keen competition, and overwhelming support from fans and teams.

15 Responses to “Nicolas C. Laurac In! Verne W. Turnbull Out! Fired as Knights B/ball Coach”

  • LOL (18/09/2015, 16:19) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
    oh lord look trouble...when west gunners beat bayside next week we hope w will see if it makes the news
  • Pax (18/09/2015, 16:52) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    I will miss the mood walks
  • hmmmmmm (18/09/2015, 18:15) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Now now now twin why did you fire the man because you got bench?
  • hah (18/09/2015, 18:16) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Lol at this "news"
  • Wait (18/09/2015, 18:19) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply

    Wait ! I didn't know these coaches get paid. You have to get hired to get fired. Utter nonsense

  • LOL (18/09/2015, 21:04) Like (0) Dislike (13) Reply
    I guess ndp do this too lol
  • Koolaid (18/09/2015, 21:46) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply

    Dont worry BEGO we going put a team together out of the EAST to come and cut @$$ again..... After you wear suit for them and they wasnt paying you.... they gone and fire you!

  • Kello (19/09/2015, 07:27) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    There are lots of teams without coaches turnbull keep your phone on
    • @koolaid (20/09/2015, 23:14) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Bego needs to go help Byron with his teams..Lord knows he need the help for he aint clocking this time.
  • betty (19/09/2015, 07:58) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    this team fire more coaches than Donald Trump!!!
  • Response (21/09/2015, 09:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ Koolaid dont worry about me, one of the teams are struggling, but i guess you havent seen the team who ranks 3rd on the western division..
  • SMH (22/09/2015, 10:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    BEGO have RINGSSS, and the experience! Knights was in the finals last year. Ayo doan think!


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