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West Gunners fire blanks as Bayside Blazers blaze to victory

- in latest play of 4th Annual Hon Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League
Deon J. Edwin of Bayside Blazers pushes past his marker in the game against West Gunners at the Save the Seed Energy Centre on August 26, 2016. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Kyle L. Abraham of Bayside Blazers looks to barge through traffic. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Kyle L. Abraham of Bayside Blazers looks to barge through traffic. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
West Gunners were missing their big men Ray D. Victor and BJ Caleb but put up a strong fight against Bayside Blazers. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
West Gunners were missing their big men Ray D. Victor and BJ Caleb but put up a strong fight against Bayside Blazers. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Dextroy D. Manswell dunks for Bayside Blazers. Manswell finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Dextroy D. Manswell dunks for Bayside Blazers. Manswell finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
A large crowd witnessed the intense battle between West Gunners and Bayside Blazers on August 26, 2016. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
A large crowd witnessed the intense battle between West Gunners and Bayside Blazers on August 26, 2016. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Lyle W. Duggins looks to shoot under pressure in the game between Momentum and Community One. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Lyle W. Duggins looks to shoot under pressure in the game between Momentum and Community One. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Momentum routed Community One, 101-45, in a one sided miss match of experience against youth. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Momentum routed Community One, 101-45, in a one sided miss match of experience against youth. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
DUFFS BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- Defending champions West Gunners fell victim to a rampant Bayside Blazers, 98-75, when the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League continued on Friday August 26, 2016.

The first game of the night saw Momentum rout Community One, 101-45, in a one sided miss-match of experience against youth.

Louie A. Poblete finished with 24 points and 10 steals, Shamarr George 15 points with 11 rebounds, Mark Noel 14 points with 9 rebounds, Lyndon Chiverton 13 with 10 rebounds and Juanito Diaz 10 points.

Community One showed plenty of individual skill, but failed to take care of the ball, throwing away several promising offensive moves in each quarter.

Sodiq Bramble notched 16 points, Donald Laefeie 8, Hashan Charles 6 points with 11 rebounds and Timron Nickle 6 points with 7 rebounds.

Blazers take advantage of Victor & Caleb’s absence

The crowd swelled to near capacity in time for the mouth-watering clash between the Gunners and Blazers, but with the defending champs missing both Ray D. Victor and BJ Caleb it was always going to be an uphill battle for the champions.

By the end of the first quarter, courtesy of some sustained pressure at both ends of the court from the Blazers, the Gunners were down 7 at 25-18.

D'Moi M. Hodge put some light on a darkening tunnel late in the 2nd quarter, but Dione M. Blyden and the big man from Trinidad and Tobago, Dextroy D. Manswell made sure the Blazers stayed ahead.

Down 16 at the beginning of the 3rd quarter, the Gunners mounted one last salvo, going on a 7 point run that caused the Blazers coaching staff to call a time out to regroup.

Deon J. Edwin stepped up, stopped the run, and by the end of the quarter the game was all but done at 72-55 to the Blazers.

The final period became a running slug fest as both teams piled on the points with the Blazers running out victors.

Manswell finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds, Deon J. Edwin, in perhaps his last game for a while, scored 11 points with 8 rebounds, Kyle L. Abraham scored 10 points, Blyden 9 with 10 rebounds, 7 steals and Kimani T. Stevens 8 with 7 rebounds.

For the Gunners, Kahain Minott scored 20 points, D'moi M. Hodge 17 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, Nigel Carey 13 with 13 rebounds and Rowan Victor 11 points.

The 2016 Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League is sponsored by Bishop John I. Cline, Honourable Julian Fraser, RA, Nanny Cay Marina & Hotel, Botanic Service Station, National Bank of the Virgin Islands, De Castro Marking Products Ltd, Sol BVI, Delta Petroleum, Digicel (BVI) Limited, Tropical Car Rental, First Caribbean International Bank, Walkers, Hannah Fresh Water, International Motors, James Todman Construction, Skelton Group of Companies, Nagico Insurances, T Shirt Genius and Virgin Islands News Online.

Please note the weekend schedule below:

Saturday August 27, 2016

5:00 PM Thunders vs High Speed (Junior Division)

6:30 PM Avengers vs Pure Playaz

8:00 PM Red Zone vs Next

9:30 PM Warriors vs Winning Mentality

Sunday August 28, 2016

5:00 PM Momentum vs We Dem Boyz

6:30 PM Splash Brothers vs Bayside Blazers

10 Responses to “West Gunners fire blanks as Bayside Blazers blaze to victory”

  • VG (27/08/2016, 11:53) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow blazers had a easy game
  • belonger (27/08/2016, 12:06) Like (1) Dislike (13) Reply
    Why was a game like this played on a Friday. Seems like somebody running scared from a fair fight.
    • @ belonger (27/08/2016, 13:17) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
      Not sure if it was played on a Monday the outcome would have been different, please, please stop finding excuses and PLAY BALL!!!!!!
  • Really? (27/08/2016, 12:12) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Ha ha all kind of excuses dem got bout Ray & B J waz not dey…come on west gunners when ayo give Bayside licks last year tis waz all good dem had no excuses
  • dude (27/08/2016, 14:43) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is certainly the most fun league but it really is a set of can't play man with a few who can play LOL
  • next (27/08/2016, 15:33) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    It got two other strong teams in the League than West Gunners and Blazers so why every body worry bout only these 2 teams, ayo better watch out!
  • Can't coach (27/08/2016, 17:41) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    West gunners made alot of coaching mistake that cost them man the game daddy and players was playing one on one ball all night king.. These man had some good players riding bench wayyyyy too oooo oooo long!!!!
  • VG (28/08/2016, 11:03) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    how blazers could drop a good man like Duggins they crazy bossie
  • Kush (28/08/2016, 20:34) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    What are the Blazers afraid of why West Gunners games are always on a Friday.


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