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Star-studded Bayside Blazers to rep VI in St Maarten

- @ 6th Annual 'Battle of the Fittest' Basketball Tournament
The Bayside Blazers team for the ‘Battle of the Fittest’ Basketball Tournament in Dutch St Maarten include, from left, Dion M. Blyden, Khalid S. Gerard and Kleon C. Penn. Photo: Provided
The Bayside Blazers team for the ‘Battle of the Fittest’ Basketball Tournament in Dutch St Maarten include, from left, Kimani T. Stevens, Shamarr A. George and Daven D. Ottley. Photo: Provided
The Bayside Blazers team for the ‘Battle of the Fittest’ Basketball Tournament in Dutch St Maarten include, from left, Kimani T. Stevens, Shamarr A. George and Daven D. Ottley. Photo: Provided
From left: American, Melvin H. Haynes III, Killven M. Samuel and former college all-star player, Deon J. Edwin make up the star-studded Bayside Blazers team for the 6th Annual ‘Battle of the Fittest’ Basketball Tournament in Dutch St Maarten from July 14, 2019 to July 20, 2019. Photo: Provided
From left: American, Melvin H. Haynes III, Killven M. Samuel and former college all-star player, Deon J. Edwin make up the star-studded Bayside Blazers team for the 6th Annual ‘Battle of the Fittest’ Basketball Tournament in Dutch St Maarten from July 14, 2019 to July 20, 2019. Photo: Provided
From left: Jason A. Edwin, Cleo D. Sears and Dextroy D. Manswell are part of the talented and experienced Bayside Blazers team for the 6th Annual ‘Battle of the Fittest’ Basketball Tournament in Dutch St Maarten from July 14, 2019 to July 20, 2019. Photo: Provided
From left: Jason A. Edwin, Cleo D. Sears and Dextroy D. Manswell are part of the talented and experienced Bayside Blazers team for the 6th Annual ‘Battle of the Fittest’ Basketball Tournament in Dutch St Maarten from July 14, 2019 to July 20, 2019. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The [British] Virgin Islands’ (VI) Bayside Blazers Basketball Team will again be representing the territory in the 6th Annual ‘Battle of the Fittest’ Basketball Tournament in Dutch St Maarten from July 14, 2019 to July 20, 2019.

The VI Bayside Blazers are currently the championship team in that league and, according to their Head Coach Ronald Simmonds aka ‘Gola’, “The team is excited about defending our championship title.”

Big Squad

The games that will be played at the L. B. Scott Sports Auditorium located at Longwall Road, Philipsburg, St Maarten, are part of the ‘Dreams to Reality Foundation’ annual event. The 12 players of the VI Bayside Blazers include local basketball superstar, Jason A. Edwin, who is the team’s captain, along with international basketball player and VIslander Kleon C. Penn, who has made a name for himself in Puerto Rico.

Other talented local players making up the super squad are Killven M. Samuel, Dion M. Blyden, Kimani T. Stevens and Shamarr A. George. Another powerhouse representing the VI is former college all-star player, Deon J. Edwin, along with United States Virgin Islands (USVI) star shooter, Khalid S. Gerard.

In addition, other players who have competed on Tortola with Bayside Blazers will join the team in St Maarten. These are American, Melvin H. Haynes III, Trinidad and Tobago’s Dextroy D. Manswell, along with Cleo D. Sears of the Bahamas, who played with the VI championship team in 2018. Returning to St Maarten with the Bayside Blazers also is Daven D. Ottley, who lives on Tortola.

Official Team

Bayside Blazers have been endorsed to represent the territory by the BVI Basketball Federation (BVIBF), as there will be teams in the league from both Dutch and French St Martin/St Maarten, Aruba, St Kitts and Nevis, Dominican Republic, Anguilla, Dominica, Haiti and the USA, among other competing regional countries.

The VI Bayside Blazers will be managed by the Honourable Julian Willock, along with Assistant Manager and Treasurer Derrick R. Varlack. The Assistant Coach is Trevor M. Stevens aka ‘West’ with Trainer, Karl M. Scatliffe and special advisor to the team and scorer Eustace C. Freeman aka ‘Boss’.

Sponsorships

Some of the sponsors this year include Bank of Asia, Nagico Insurances, Dr The Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley- the Minister for Sports, Virgin Islands Motors, Dion A. Stoutt of STO Enterprise Ltd, Travel Plan, Road Town Wholesale, the BVI Olympic Committee, BCQS, Digicel, Travel Wize and the BVI Tourist Board.

In invited comments, Mr Willock said, “I have much confidence in the coaching staff and the players and I appeal to corporate BVI for some more financial support, as these activities tend to be very costly”. He is also encouraging fans who can make the trip, to visit St Maarten during the games to “root for the hometown team.”

The VI Bayside Blazers are expected to depart the territory on Saturday, July 13, 2019 for St Maarten and will return home on Sunday, July 21, 2019.

9 Responses to “Star-studded Bayside Blazers to rep VI in St Maarten”

  • ann (02/07/2019, 09:58) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Strong team bing it home
    • Yo (03/07/2019, 21:54) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      all them big a$$ men could of paid they own way diwn to that tournanent, its a winner takes cash award tournament, so many other youth teams in need of help amd that is where the money is going, track&field, littje league bsseball and the list goes on, only ib this place!
  • asking for a friend (02/07/2019, 10:12) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    A set of bad men and ball huggers how gola going get them coach?
  • one eye (02/07/2019, 15:00) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    A very strong team seems like the new national team
  • just asking (02/07/2019, 15:56) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    So a lot of these people on the team ain’t from the BVI. So you going tell me the BVI ain’t got more basketball players that they could of put on the team ? We got to get players from America and all over to make up the squad. That’s BS
  • VI lander (02/07/2019, 18:28) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    BRING HOPE THE CHDDER BAYSIDE, BIG UP MR.SPEAKER
    • the rock (03/07/2019, 23:17) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      and give rhe cheddar to a charity club like FSN since its a privare tournament with a cash award and thr bvi businesses and government sponsord the entire trip.
  • Not2Sure (02/07/2019, 22:52) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Seems like a caricom team yall men from Trini and Bahamas. Well sah jw aint easy


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