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Pelican Gate/IMPS are BD Basketball Primary School Champions

Pelican Gate/IMPS are the 2016 BD Basketball Primary School Champions. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Malaki A. Smith notched 28 points with 28 rebounds to lead his team to the tense, but thrilling victory in front of a large crowd, as it took until deep into the last period for the victory to be secured. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Malaki A. Smith notched 28 points with 28 rebounds to lead his team to the tense, but thrilling victory in front of a large crowd, as it took until deep into the last period for the victory to be secured. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
The Seventh-day Adventist School players were commended for their excellent performance as it was the first time the school was involved in the tournament. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
The Seventh-day Adventist School players were commended for their excellent performance as it was the first time the school was involved in the tournament. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Malaki A. Smith powered Pelican Gate/Isabella Morris Combined Primary Schools team to a 32-29 victory over the Seventh-day Adventist School to lift the 6th Annual BD Basketball Championship on Thursday March 4, 2016 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Road Town, Tortola.

Smith notched 28 points with 28 rebounds to lead his team to the tense, but thrilling victory in front of a large crowd, as it took until deep into the last period for the victory to be secured.

The teams were deadlocked right up until half time at 16-16 before a strong third period saw Pelican Gate/IMPS pull away with a double digit return, to be up 28-23. However, SDA fought back through Lenique Austrie and D’Mari Parillon, who scored 10 and 9 points respectively to take the game to the wire.

Jaden Augustine notched 3 points for Pelican Gate/ IMPS and Parillon added 6 rebounds for SDA, whilst both Omari Hurst and Aaron Williams Junior scored four for SDA, with Williams Jnr adding 9 rebounds.

“Very exciting, very exciting,” commented BD Basketball Organiser Rhennie O. Phipps. “We are doing the right things and seeing the right things coming out of all teams. I have to commend SDA, it is their first time in the league and they performed well above expectation to reach the final and played a great team game.”

Coach Alan Virgel noted that the tournament had been a great exposure for the students and a great experience to win for his team. “It was an exciting, nice game and of course we won, which is a great feeling for everyone. Everyone did their job, hustled back and played together.”

Earlier, St George’s Primary grabbed third place with a 39-31 win over Enis Adams Primary School.

Having raced into a 16-8 lead at the end of the first period, St George’s were indebted to talisman, Kyron Walwyn to keep them ahead of their spirited opponents.

Walwyn finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds, 3 blocks and 4 assists, whilst Tajra Foy added 8 points, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks, Xilomar Gunn 6 points, 4 steals and Kara Lewis 4 points and 6 rebounds.

For EAPS, Dimitri Sprauve scored 13 points with 7 rebounds, Niel Niles 8 points and James Williams 6 points and 7 rebounds.

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