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Joshua O'Garro makes Cayman Basketball History
August 07, 2020
Caymanian Joshua O'Garro verbally committed to play basketball at the University of Oklahoma, which would make him the first Caymanian to play the sport at the NCAA Division I level.
Josh just finished his junior season season at Santa Clarita High School, in California. At the same time, moving up the recruiting ranks and catching the eye of many programs while playing for his AAU club team. Once he signs his letter of intent, Josh plans on redshirting his freshman year.
Josh is the son of Dwight and Bobeth O'Garro. Both of his parents have represented Cayman as National Team players on their respective basketball teams and are currently experienced FIBA referees. Josh is also the grandson of Trinidad basketball legend Victor "Voot" O'Garro who is currently the Technical Director of the Cayman Islands Basketball Association.
Social justice messages each NBA player is wearing on his jersey
July 31, 2020
NBA players are taking the court again, with many choosing to wear social justice messages on their jerseys for at least the first four days of the season.
In the wake of widespread protests this spring and summer sparked by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others, the league and its players’ union agreed on a list of social justice messages players can choose to put on their jersey in lieu of their last name. The messages will be displayed above the number during the first four days of the season restart, after which players can choose to either simply go back to displaying their last name or keep both the social justice message and their last name on their jersey.
NBA players and coaches kneel during national anthem as season restarts
July 31, 2020
NBA players and coaches from four teams took a knee during the national anthem in the first set of games since the league paused its season over the coronavirus pandemic. The team members also wore Black Lives Matter shirts and locked arms.
The demonstration, inspired by free-agent NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, calls attention to racial injustice and police brutality.
In the first game of the season restart, the Utah Jazz defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 106-104. In Game 2, the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 103=101.
WNBA players support BLM, walk off court during anthem
July 26, 2020
WNBA players for the New York Liberty and Seattle Storm walked off the court during the national anthem at the league’s season opener this weekend at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida,— a powerful visual statement in support of racial justice and the Black Lives Matter movement. As players left, cameras captured text on the back of their shirts: “Say Her Name.”
Additionally, the game featured a 26-second moment of silence for Breonna Taylor, a Black woman who was fatally shot by police earlier this year in Louisville, Kentucky, in her own apartment. No one has been charged in connection with her death.
NBA Bubble Restart schedule
July 22, 2020
The NBA is getting closer to restarting the 2019-20 season on July 30 inside the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort.
All 22 teams have arrived in Orlando, Florida, and started training camp ahead of seeding games to determine the final standings, a potential playoff play-in series and the standard four-round postseason. Teams also have continued to have regular testing for the coronavirus now that they have cleared the initial quarantine period, though some players have yet to arrive.
SCARS offers virtual training
July 20, 2020
SCARS (Saving Children and Revealing Secrets) Bermuda’s only child sexual abuse prevention charity organization, is now offering virtual training.
Because of COVID-19, SCARS will not provide face-to-face classroom training until the country is fully operational and participants are no longer required to wear masks.
SCARS ‘Darkness To Light Community Awareness Program’ is a powerful presentation demonstrating the magnitude of the issue of child sexual abuse and the emotional impact it can have on a child, a family and a community.
Click here for more Information and registration
Sullivan receives award for Education contribution
July 11, 2020
Sullivan Phillips, former National Team Captain and now Director of Building Foundations for the Future (BFFF) received the Distinguished Service to Public Education Award from the Montgomery County Board of Education.
This annual award was established to recognise and show appreciation to individuals, groups and organisations that have made exemplary contributions to public education in Montgomery County.
BFFF is a non-profit organisation with a goal to develop a top-notch after-school program that Empowers, Enlightens and Engages young men to change the narrative of the way they think.
Niall Waring wins BBA logo competition
July 09, 2020
Niall Waring is the winner of the BBA's logo competition. Niall is currently a student at the University of Loughborough in the U.K. where he is studying Graphics & Illustration. He was a student at Warwick Academy and finished his secondary school studies at Westtown School in Pennsylvania.
Niall was a member of Bermuda's Under-14 Boys team which competed in the 2013 Global Cup in Orlando, Florida. Niall was also a member of the Hurricanes Basketball Academy Program and continues to play basketball while in university.
Kieron signs for Junior year with Medicine Hat College
July 09, 2020
Kieron Burgess, the reigning Male Athlete of the year will be back in the Black and Gold for the 2020-21 season with the Medicine Hat Rattlers.
BBA to provide safety guidelines for League play
July 01, 2020
There have been plenty of questions in regards to when Basketball would resume. The BBA Executive Committee is currently in the process of writing its own policy on safety guidelines. With Bermuda now having moved to Phase 4 of the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions , the BBA has made plans to re-start organised basketball once the documentation has been reviewed and ratified by the Department of Youth & Sports and (if needed) by the Health Department.
Continue to BE SAFE!!
ACAC cancels Fall sports schedule
June 20, 2020
The Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) has decided to suspend ALL competition during the 2020 Fall term due to COVID-19 precautions.
U Sports, the national governing body of university sport in Canada, cancelled six fall national university championships and many of its conference members also postponed league games.
This affects Kieron Burgess, the ACAC's 2019-20 leading rebounder and the Medicine Hat Rattlers Basketball team because despite being considered a winter sport, their season normally starts in the Fall term. Pre-season training, exhibition games and some league games are in jeopardy. An adjusted conference schedule is now slated to begin in January
BBA Logo Competition - Final Round
June 12, 2020
The BBA has reached the Final round of the BBA Logo competition with its' FINAL FOUR
Close to 40 entries were submitted and the BBA Executive were able to narrow the entries choices to four. It was good to see the variety and the talent shown by both fans and the membership.
Feel free to fill out the form. The deadline for voting is Friday, June 19.
Click to access form (a valid email address is required)
CBC President confirms all CBC events cancelled
May 30, 2020
CBC President Glyne Clarke indicated that FIBA has mandated that all championships this year including those hosted by the CBC be suspended.
Clarke explained that going forward they would monitor closely what is happening around the world because even though they are planning to have those tournaments played sometime next year, there were no guarantees that the host countries would be ready.
Clarke who is also chairman for the FIBA Americas Competitions Commission noted that among the events called off this year were the Men & Women's CBC championship which is a qualifier for the 2023 FIBA AmeriCup, the Under-15, 17 and 18 Central Baskets for junior boys and girls.
FIBA begins to plan for eventual commencement of Basketball
May 25, 2020
FIBA has responded to its membership by publishing COVID-19 Restart Guidelines for National Federations on the restart of basketball competitions.
Authored by Dr Peter Harcourt, FIBA Medical Commission Chairman, following consultation with FIBA COVID-
19 Medical Advisory Group (MAG), Medical Commission and Players Commission, the guidelines are primarily
for National Federations who are looking for guidance in the restart of basketball activities/competitions in
the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
FIBA noted that the guidelines are not intended to replace the guidance and restrictions of governments and public health authorities. Once governments and public health authorities have lifted the movement restrictions and measures, the guidelines and risk assessment tool will serve as a checklist
Kieron is named Rattlers Male Athlete of the Year
April 25, 2020
Kieron Burgess was the clear cut choice as the Medicine Hat College Rattlers wrapped up their annual awards announcements with female and male athletes of the year.
Burgess continued to lead a rebuilding basketball team that didn’t make playoffs but looked to the Bermuda native often. He led the ACAC with 12.5 rebounds per game, was seventh with 19.8 points per game and played 33 minutes a night. Second in steals, fifth in blocks, the second-year forward was dominant even with teams focusing on him nightly.
On the women’s side, fellow outgoing fifth-years Shaya Suchy (Volleyball) and Morgan Muir (Basketball) split the honour.
Create a new BBA logo and win $200
April 15, 2020
The BBA Executive Committee will give members and non-members a chance to win $200 by helping us create a new logo for our Association. Simply come up with a design digitally or freehand and email it to us.
Color scheme has to be either of the following: Red Navy white or Pink Navy white
Submit all entries to: firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline: Friday, May 1, 2020
Write BBA Logo competition as the subject. Attach photo or diagram in jpeg or pdf format and Include your Full name and a contact number. Reminder that design has to be in color using the colour schemes indicated above. We will not accept black and white designs.
HOF nominees who defined Basketball in this century
April 06, 2020
Four players who defined basketball this century —Kobe Bryant, Tamika Catchings, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett — make up one of the most-anticipated player classes ever.
Kobe Bryant -18-time NBA All-Star and five-time NBA champion
Tim Duncan - 15-time NBA All-Star and three-time NBA Finals MVP
Kevin Garnett - 15-time NBA All-Star and nine-time NBA All-Defensive First Team selection
Tamika Catchings - 10-time WNBA All-Star and four-time Olympic gold medalist
Kobe Bryant/Patrick Baumann posthumously inducted into 2020 Hall of Fame.
April 05, 2020
Kobe Bryant, one of the game's most beloved athletes and longtime FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann will be posthumously inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The two are among the nine honorees to be named as finalists in the Class of 2020, which also includes Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Eddie Sutton, Rudy Tomjanovich, Tamika Catchings, Kim Mulkey and Barbara Stevens.
This year's distinguished class will be enshrined in Springfield, Massachusetts on Saturday, August 29, 2020.
Tokyo 2020 Olympics postponed to 2021 due to coronavirus
March 24, 2020
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) made that decision to postpone the 2020 Olympics until 2021 over coronoavirus concerns.
In a statement made by Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the Games will be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020, but no later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of athletes and everyone involved in the Olympics. The sporting event will continue to be called Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020
Niagara College Annual Basketball tournament cancelled
March 23, 2020
The Niagara College Annual Men & Women's Basketball Tournament scheduled for May 15-17 has been cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tournament organiser, Niagara's Men's Head Coach Mike Hurley hopes to run it again next year, bigger and better to make up for this year. The tournament, which was scheduled to be held at the Niagara College Welland Campus Athletic Centre, was in it's 17th year of existence.
The BBA's Men's National Program was set to use this tournament as a final evaluation of players before team selection for the 2020 CBC Pre-qualifying tournament this summer. At this time, even that tournament is in jeopardy of being cancelled.
Borislav Stankovic, FIBA Secretary-General Emeritus, dies at the age of 94
March 21, 2020
Borislav Stankovic, the FIBA Secretary-General Emeritus, died at the age of 94. He served as FIBA's second Secretary General from 1976 to 2002 and was a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). He had been FIBA's Secretary General Emeritus since 2003.
During his time at the helm of FIBA, he is credited with countless achievements, the most significant of which was working closely with the former NBA Commissioner David Stern in the late 1980s-early 1990s to bring world basketball into the modern era. This resulted in having, for the first time ever, professional players participate in top-level national team competitions (Olympic Games, FIBA Basketball World Cup), starting at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.
FIBA to stream classic games daily
March 18, 2020
With sports events around the globe temporarily on hold, FIBA is fully committed to providing your share of basketball by streaming a selection of classic games daily.
Vintage games from various FIBA competitions will be streamed on FIBA social media accounts, with many more available on the official YouTube channel.
The streams will include games from past FIBA Basketball World Cups, Olympic Qualifying Tournaments, Continental Cups and various youth events.
Click for a full playlist of FIBA Classic Games.
FIBA competitions suspended
March 15, 2020
As of Friday, March 13, FIBA declared all basketball related activities to be suspended for 30 days.
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, this has been done in order to protect the health and safety of players, coaches, officials and fans.
FIBA will continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis and will evaluate the options for the continuation or not of the respective competitions when and if the situation allows for it.
BBA suspends all activities due to COVID-19 threat
March 13, 2020
Due to the COVID-19 world pandemic, the Bermuda Basketball Association Executive Committee has decided to suspend all basketball activities until further notice.
The decision was made with the recommendation of the Bermuda Government and taking into consideration the health and safety of our Members and their families.
While this decision will affect current BBL Winter League and Filipino League games, it will not affect National Team training.
2020 CBC Annual General Assembly meet in Dominicana
March 09, 2020
The Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Executive Committee and General Assembly met on March 6 and 7 in Ainse de Mai, Dominica to discuss a wide range of topics and make decisions on future events in the Caribbean.
With regards to the CBC Tournament, Jamaica and the U.S. Virgin Islands have been nominated to host the men’s and women’s championship respectively. However, neither of the two hosts have been confirmed since they need confirmation in writing from their Government and Olympic Associations before any dates can be released to the various participating nations.
A total of 15 men’s teams and 8 women’s teams have signaled their interest in participating in this year’s tournament.
Ambrose come up short in ACAC Gold medal game
March 08, 2020
Linden Jackson and his Ambrose University Lions had to settle for a silver medal as they lost 91-69 against the Southern Alaberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) Trojans in the 2020 ACAC Men's Basketball Championships.
Despite losing 2 of 3 games to the Lions in the regular season, the Trojans, who captured their 15th title in program history, become the first ACAC men's basketball team to win four in a row since SAIT's men's team went on a run of seven straight from 1981-87.
SAIT guard, Charlie Conner who scored 36 points in the win, was named Tournament MVP after averaging 29.3 points per game. Linden Jackson would foul out of the game finishing with 9 points and 2 assists.
Kieron and Linden named to ACAC Conference 2nd Team
March 04, 2020
Kieron Burgess (Medicine Hat College) and Linden Jackson (Ambrose University) were named to the ACAC South Conference Second Team for the 2019-2020 season.
The Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Basketball All-Conference teams were selected by the Conference Coaches. These awards were presented at the 2020 ACAC Men's Basketball Championship Banquet on March 4, 2020, in Camrose, Alberta.
Kieron finished the season with individual averages of 19.8 Pts/gm, 12.5 reb/gm, 3.8 stl/gm and 3.3 asst/gm in what proved to be a disappointing season for the Medicine Hat Rattlers overall.
Linden finished the season with individual averages of 16.8 Pts/gm, 3.1 reb/gm, 2.3 stl/gm and 1.9 asst/gm helping Ambrose to a 3rd place Conference Finish and a spot in the playoffs.
Memorial service held for Kobe & Gianna Bryant
February 25, 2020
Friends, family and fellow athletes paid tribute to NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and eight others, including his daughter Gianna, at a memorial service in Los Angeles.
Speakers at the event featured Jimmy Kimmel, Basketball Hall of Famers Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal, and had performances by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Alicia Keys.
The ceremony took place at a packed Staples Center, the home of the Los Angeles Lakers, the team Bryant was a part of for his entire 20-year NBA career. Bryant and the other victims were killed in January when their helicopter crashed into a California hillside in foggy conditions.
Linden scores 1000 career points
February 16, 2020
Linden Jackson scored 16 points for the Ambrose Lions in a win over the SAIT Trojans to eclipse 1000 points in his ACAC Collegiate career.
Linden Jackson who started his ACAC collegiate career for the Olds College Broncos would transfer to Ambrose University and has settled in as a spark off the bench, giving the team whatever they need offensively and/or defensively.
Recap of 2020 All-Star Weekend
February 17, 2020
It was a great weekend at the 2020 All-Star Weekend which was held in Chicago, Illinois from February 14-16.
Click links below for a recap of all the weekend activity.
NBA All-Star MVP Award Renamed For Late Lakers Star Kobe Bryant
February 16, 2020
The Most Valuable Player award for the NBA All-Star Game has been permanently named for Kobe Bryant, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced on Saturday.
The Kobe Bryant MVP Award will be presented on Sunday at the conclusion of the 2020 All-Star Game, which is being held in Chicago. The recipient of the award will be chosen by NBA fans, who account for 25% of the vote, and a media panel, which accounts for 75% of the vote.
Bryant, who played his entire 20-season NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers, was an 18-time NBA All-Star. Bob Pettit (1956, 1958, 1959 1962,) and Kobe Bryant (2002, 2007, 2009, 2011) have both won NBA All-Star Game MVP a record four times.
MHC no match for St. Mary's
February 16, 2020
The 4-15 Medicine Hat Rattlers had no answer for St. Mary's Lightning as they posted another loss 106-84.
The Rattlers stayed close with the Lightning for much of the first quarter and only trailed 24-19 at the break, but St. Mary’s began to pull away in the second to take a 10-point lead at halftime.
St. Mary’s offence exploded in the second half with 56 of their points coming in the third and fourth quarters, snapping a two-game win streak by Medicine Hat.
Kieron Burgess picked up another double-double for MHC with 18 points and 14 rebounds.
Sitting second last in the ACAC South with eight points on the year, the Rattlers will also conclude their season with a pair of games next weekend.
BBA opens new account with Butterfield Bank
February 10, 2020
The Bermuda Basketball Association has officially opened a new chequing account with the Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son Ltd.
Going forward, all funds from league teams, Sponsorship/Donations and membership fees can be transferred to this account. BBA Treasurer Tommy Johnson indicated that the transition from HSBC was a smooth one and his next step will be to also add a savings account.
The BOA has a new Secretary-General
February 08, 2020
The Bermuda Olympic Association (BOA) has named Branwen Smith-King its new Secretary General, effective 10 February 2020. In recognition of the increased demands on the BOA’s administrative team in managing relationships with global sports organisations and their associated committees, Mrs. Smith-King will work full-time as Secretary General. Stanley Douglas, who served as the previous Secretary General on a part-time basis for three years, has been named Second Vice President.
Mrs. Smith-King was born and grew up in Bermuda and represented the island in Track and Field at Pan Am, Commonwealth and the CARIFTA Games, including the first CARIFTA Games (Barbados 1972) where she won gold in shot put. She later attended Springfield College in Massachusetts and LSU for undergraduate and graduate studies. She has also served as an Athletic Trainer for several of Bermuda’s national sports teams.
Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash
January 27, 2020
Kobe Bryant, retired Los Angeles Lakers star, 41, and his daughter Gianna were among nine people who died in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, California on Sunday, January 26.
Drafted to the NBA directly out of high school in 1996, Bryant was named an All-Star in 18 of his 20 seasons for the Lakers and helped lead the team to five championships. His hypercompetitive nature led to occasional public disagreements with coaches and other players, but his commitment to winning was never questioned.
The winner of the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award for the 2007-8 season, and the NBA finals MVP in both 2009 and 2010, Bryant showed a rare commitment to success on both ends of the court, with a resumé that included two scoring titles — and an 81-point game in 2006 that is the second-highest single-game total in N.B.A. history — along with 12 appearances on the league’s All-Defense team. He also thrived on the international stage, where he won gold medals for USA Basketball in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
In 2016, after various injuries had taken their toll on the longtime superstar, he proved to have one more highlight in him, scoring 60 points in his final game while leading the last-place Lakers to a surprising win over the Utah Jazz.
NBA pays tribute to Kobe Bryant - click here
2020 Winter League set to begin
January 23, 2020
The 2020 Winter League is set to begin on Saturday, January 25 at the Somersfield Academy gymnasium.
Please note Game days and times:
Monday & Wednesdays starting at 7:00 pm at The Bermuda College Gymnasium
Saturdays starting at 7:00 pm at Somersfield Academy Gymnasium
Caelin leads Colonials to end 3 game losing skid
January 12, 2020
Caelin Peters shot 13-of-20 from the field, posting a game-best 33 points, as Plymouth Whitemarsh got its first victory of 2020 with a 76-33 rout of Upper Moreland.
Even with his thumb still wrapped from an early-season injury, Caelin showed no ill effects with his jump shot. He hit on seven of his 11 shots from distance and even got a little shooter’s roll before halftime with a shot that bounced high off the rim before making its way in.
That gave the Colonials a 40-17 advantage at the break and more than enough momentum to carry them the rest of the way.
David Stern, former NBA Commissioner, dies at 77
January 02, 2020
NBA Commissioner Emeritus, David Stern passed away on January 1, 2020 as a result of a brain hemorrhage he received approximately 3 weeks prior.
Stern had been involved with the NBA for nearly two decades before he became its fourth commissioner on Feb. 1, 1984. By the time he left his position in 2014, the NBA had grown to a more than $5 billion a year industry and made NBA basketball a global brand and perhaps the world’s most popular sport after soccer.
Stern was also credited with transforming the league into a global, multibillion-dollar business. He also oversaw the creation of the WNBA and the NBA Development League.
All NBA players and referees will wear a black band on their uniforms for the remainder of the season to honor Stern
LeBron James named AP Male Athlete of the Decade
December 30, 2019
LeBron James is The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Decade, adding his name to a list that includes Tiger Woods, Wayne Gretzky and Arnold Palmer.
James, who turns 35 soon, was a runaway winner in a vote of AP sports editors and writers, easily outpacing runner-up Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. In this decade, James played in eight straight finals, won three titles, and also took home three MVP awards. In his 17th season, he’s on pace to lead the league in assists for the first time while remaining among the NBA’s scoring leaders. Including playoffs, no one in the NBA scored more points than James in the last 10 years.
Sprinter Usain Bolt of Jamaica was third for dominating at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, soccer’s Lionel Messi was fourth, and Michael Phelps — the US swimmer who retired as history’s most decorated Olympian with 28 medals, 23 gold — was fifth. Serena Williams was announced as the AP’s Female Athlete of the decade.
BBA lists invitees to Sr. Men's National Team tryouts
December 20, 2019
The following individuals have been invited to try out for the BBA's 2020 Senior Men's National Team in preparation for the CBC's FIBA pre-qualifying tournament next summer:
Steveland Brown-Darrell Kieron Burgess Adam Correia Chris Crumpler
Dion Easton Jr . Mykal Glasgow Bryce Gonslaves Jaren Haley
Kameron James Eric Lambert Vernon Lambe III John Lee
Jason Lowe Jonathan Lowe Amaury Majors Kariim O’Connor
Caelin Peters Sullivan Phillips Kobie Reid Tejour Riley
Akil Smith Darae Smith Jorel Smith Seward Smith
Basketball Africa League unveils new lgo
December 19, 2019
The Basketball Africa League (BAL), a new professional league featuring 12 club teams from across Africa and scheduled to begin play in March 2020, unveiled the league’s official logo.
The new logo, which features the silhouette of a basketball player taking a jump shot on a vibrant green, yellow, red and royal blue background, celebrates the Pan-African footprint of the league, Africa’s diversity and the continent’s rich basketball heritage.
The logo’s colors convey multiple meanings. The red and royal blue connect it back to the NBA, while also symbolizing love, energy, confidence and strength. The yellow and green speak to Africa’s optimism, joy and wisdom, while celebrating health, harmony and environment.
Kevin Stevens is named Finals MVP
December 19, 2019
Kevin Stevens was named Most Valuable Player of the 2019 ECL Finals.
Despite starting out slow in the first half due to foul trouble, he would play better in the first half. Late in the game, his aggressiveness was rewarded as the Warriors could not locate him on the perimeter as he connected on three straight 3 point field goals. He would finish the game with a game high 31 points.
Hornets are ECL 2019 Champions
December 19, 2019
The BGA Hornets became the the Elite City League (ECL) Champions after defeating the Eastern Zone Warriors 65-53 in the deciding match at the CedarBridge Academy Gymnasium.
Hornets, who won game one 69-65 before losing game two 65-58, trailed by four points at half-time but clicked into gear in the second half thanks to impressive displays by key trio Kevin Stephens, Kameron James and Akil Smith.
Shooting guard Stephens was the game’s top scorer with 31 points while James and Smith delivered disciplined defensive performances to help disrupt the rhythm of Warriors danger man Te’jour Riley who finished with 21 points. Dion Easton Jr. would chip in 13 points in the loss.
Caelin leads Colonials to first win of the season
December 14, 2019
Senior guard, Caelin Peters led the Plymouth-Whitemarsh Colonials to their first win of the season, a 77-49 Suburban One League American Conference victory over rival Wissahickon.
Despite an injury to his thumb the first day of the season, Caelin scored a game-high 28 points, grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds and dished out a game-high 5 assists. Offensively, he hit 5 three-pointers and finished in a variety of ways at the rim, including an emphatic slam in the fourth quarter. Defensively, he used his size and energy to harass Wissahickon's ball handlers.
Rattlers head into 2020 on a down note
December 05, 2019
A rough end to the first semester for both the Medicine Hat College’s Men and Women's basketball teams. Both Rattlers squads fell in their final games of the semester to the Olds College Broncos, while each earning splits over the weekend following wins against Red Deer College.
In the first game of the weekend, the Rattlers held on in the last seconds to take an 84-82 victory for only their second win of the season. Kieron Burgess led all scorers with 31 points and an astounding 21 rebounds.
In the second weekend game, the Rattlers would fall to the Broncos 82-57. Fighting foul trouble in the fourth quarter, Kieron was only one of two Rattler players to reach double figures, scoring 17 points and securing 15 rebounds.
Going forward, the 2-7 Rattlers men’s team will have their work cut out for them in the second semester if they want a playoff spot.
2019 ECL Semi-Finals
December 01, 2019
The BGA Warriors and Hornets, respectively the ECL's top 2 seeded teams were heading for a meeting in the Finals, but not before being tested in the ECL Semi-Finals held at Somersfield Academy Gymnasium.
In Game 1, the Hornets defeated the Falcons 62 – 59, the BGA Hornets were led by Kameron James who scored 22 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, along with 4 assists and 4 steals. The Falcons got 13 points from Jason Lowe, who had a double-double grabbing 10 rebounds, along with 4 assists, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot.
Game 2 saw the Warriors defeat the Fort Knox Panthers 59 – 54. Jaren Haley led the Warriors with 15 points, while Jorel Smith scored 14 points for the Fort Knox Panthers.
This sets up the Finals
ECL Playoffs begin
November 27, 2019
The 2019 Elite City League (ECL) Playoffs consisted of a single elimination quarter finals and semi-finals followed by a best 2 of 3 games Finals. The Top 2 teams in the league received a bye while the remainder competed in the quarter finals.
In Game 1, number 3 seed Falcons defeated the sixth seeded RLT Lions 62-43. The Falcons were led by Jason Gonsalves who scored 17 points, while the RLT Lions got a game high 19 points from Amaury Majors.Game 2 saw the Fort Knox Panthers defeat the Storm 67-47, Jorel Smith would lead the Fort Knox Panther to victory with 30 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals, while Gershon Kurt led the Storm with a double-double scoring 26 points and grabbing 25 rebounds, he would also have 1 steal and 4 blocked shots.
Adobo are 2019 PBL Fall League Champions
December 02, 2019
Adobo are the 2019 Pinoy Basketball League (PBL) Champions after defeating BRAD 77-67 in Game 2 of the PBL Finals. In Game 1, Adobo defeated Brad 72-60. Spanks defeated Centaurions 73-67 to claim third place.
2019 PBL Awards
League MVP - Ton Reyes, (Adobo) Finals MVP - Chard Cubero (Adobo)
Most Improved Player - Sherwin Mondejar (Adobo) Sportsmanship Award - Cyrus dela Cruz (Legends)
1. Ton Reyes (Adobo) 2. Chard Cubero (Adobo) 3. Den Perez (Brad) 4. Jojo Perez (Brad) 5. Glenn Tiamzon (Spanks)
BBA announces date for General Assembly
November 30, 2019
The Bermuda Basketball Association (BBA) will be holding its General Assembly on Thursday, January 30 starting at 6:30pm to be held at CedarBridge Academy.
This is the end of the current Executive Committee's four year tenure and therefore all Executive Committee positions will be open. ie. President, 1st Vice-President, Secretary-General and Treasurer.
All BBA members are invited to attend this important meeting.
Kobie makes collegiate debut
November 17, 2019
Kobie Reid made his collegiate debut for Suffolk University in a 90-64 victory over Lasell University.
Suffolk University (Boston, MA) is a private, non-sectarian, non-profit research Div. III University and plays in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC)
Medicine Hat Rattlers start the season on a good note
October 22, 2019
After an up and down 2018-19 campaign, the Medicine Hat College Rattlers men’s basketball team got their new season off on the right foot with a 76-68 win over host St. Mary's University Lightning.
Leading 33-26 at the half, the Rattlers took over in the third quarter with 29 of their 76 points coming out of the break.
Like he did so many times last year, Kieron Burgess was the difference at both ends of the floor with 24 points and 17 rebounds,
Americas Zone Execs celebrate success of FIBA World Cup & AmeriCup
October 06, 2019
The new FIBA Americas Zone Executive and Zone Board for the 2019-2023 term met for the first time on October 4 and 5 in Miami, Florida, to discuss a wide range of topics and make decisions on future events in the Zone.
Among others, the Executive Committee Meeting was attended by FIBA President Hamane Niang, FIBA Honorary President Horacio Muratore, FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis, and FIBA Americas President Carol Callan.
Click here to view some of the topics which were discussed.
NBA adopts Coaches Challenge for 2019-2020 season
October 05, 2019
The NBA has approved a new challenge rule that allows coaches to trigger video reviews of contentious calls. A version of this rule has been used in the G League for two years and it was used in the 2019 NBA Summer League.
The Coach’s Challenge allows the team one opportunity to review a decision per game. Even if the challenge is successful, the team still only gets one challenge. Basically, coaches better get it right because they’ll only have one moment to challenge in each game.
Teams can challenge personal foul calls, possession on out-of-bounds plays and goaltending/basket interference calls with the challenge. A team can challenge a personal foul call at any time, but can’t challenge the latter two instances in the final two minutes of the game.
A team must use a timeout to be able to initiate the challenge. If the team does not have a timeout, it is assessed a technical foul and no challenge takes place. This means coaches will have to strategically have timeouts available at the end of the game in the event they’d need to use the challenge.
MVP Sylvia Fowles headlines FIBA AmeriCup All-Star five
September 30, 2019
Team USA's Sylvia Fowles who was named Tournament MVP, headlined the All-Star Five for the 2019 FIBA AmeriCup which recognised the most outstanding players in the tournament.
Joining Sylvia were teammates Jordin Canada and Diamond DeShields. Brazil's Damiris Dantas and Canada's Kayla Alexander would complete the five. All 5 players play in the WNBA.
Sylvia Fowles is named Tournament MVP
September 29, 2019
Sylvia Fowles, of the United States’ National Team, left no room for doubts as to why she's one of the best basketball players in the world with her performance at the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019.
The 3 time Olympic Gold winning, 6'6" center led Team USA to the tournament's gold medal, undefeated in six games with an average advantage margin of 38 points. Fowles was the squad’s efficiency leader, with 13.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists, and 76% in field goals, which is why she was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.
USA defeats Canada in AmeriCup Finals
September 30, 2019
Team USA completed their return to the FIBA Women's AmeriCup by beating neighbours Canada 67-46 in the final in Puerto Rico. Struggling with its shooting, the USA women (6-0) turned to its defense and claimed the gold medal with a over previously undefeated Canada (5-1) on Sunday night in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The USA, playing in its first AmeriCup since 2007 when it also won gold, ended Canada’s streak of back-to-back AmeriCup titles with its perfect run.
Brazil defeated the host, Puerto Rico, 95-66, to take home the Bronze Medal.
The AmeriCup had previously been known as the FIBA Americas Women's Championship, but was rebranded as part of FIBA's new women's national team competition schedule. Ten teams competed, with the top eight moving on to the FIBA Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament in November. Because this was the inaugural version of the new AmeriCup format, Team USA participated despite the fact that it has already qualified for the 2020 Olympics as a result of winning the 2018 FIBA World Cup last summer.
NBA G League to Introduce Single-Shot Free Throw Rule
September 27, 2019
The NBA G League will introduce a new single-shot free throw line procedure for the upcoming 2019-20 season.
The amount of points the foul shot is worth will be based on the infraction preceding the free throw. If the shooter was fouled on a two-pointer, then the foul shot will be worth two points. If the shot is a three-pointer, then the free throw is worth three points. Foul shots taken after a made basket will still be worth one point.
The rule change represents an attempt to cut down on game length, according to ESPN. The G League will revert to traditional free throw scoring and rules for the final two minutes and overtimes, but G League head of basketball operations Brad Walker told ESPN he believes the rule will still shave six to eight minutes off the average game.
Women's AmeriCup semi-finalists confirmed
September 27, 2019
USA defeated Brazil 89-73 to secure first place of Group B and Canada defeated the Dominican Republic 78-50 to secure first place in Group A. Both teams advance as the only two undefeated teams entering the Semi-Final games of the FIBA AmeriCup Women's 2019 Semifinals.
USA will face Puerto Rico and the defending champions, Canada, will face Brazil.
Basketball Champions League Americas is launched.
September 24, 2019
The official launch of the FIBA Champions League Americas was held in Montevideo (Uruguay) led by Honorary FIBA President Horacio Muratore, FIBA Americas Executive Director Carlos Alves, and the CEO of the European Basketball Champions League Patrick Comninos.
The competition replaced the FIBA Americas League as premier league in the Americas. The first phase of the competition will feature four groups of three teams each, with two qualifying teams per group that move on to the Quarter-Finals, which will be a best-of-three series. The Semi-Finals and the Final will also be decided in a best-of-three format.
The competition will take place from October to March, with windows in the following dates:October 28 to November 1 (8 games), November 25 to 29 (8 games), December 16 to 20 (8 games), January 14 to 21 (Quarter-Finals), February 14 to 29 (Semi-Finals) and the Final on the week between March 9 and 14, 2020.
2019 Elite City League postponed
September 22, 2019
The BBA's 2019 Elite City League (ECL) has been postponed due to the effects of Hurricane Humberto and the threat of bad weather this week.
The ECL will officially begin on Saturday, September 28 at the Somersfield Academy gymnasium .
CLICK HERE for League Schedule
NBA Training Camp just around the corner.
September 21, 2019
NBA training camps are just a couple of weeks away. The season itself doesn't start until Oct. 22, but there's plenty of work for teams to do in the month or so of practices, workouts and preseason games that precedes the 2019-20 campaign.
Key NBA Dates and Schedules
Saturday, September 28: Training camps officially open for clubs that will play in the 2019 Preseason NBA Global Games. The Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings and Toronto Raptors are in that group.
Monday, September 30: NBA preseason games begin for teams competing globally (Houston Rockets vs. Shanghai Sharks).
Tuesday, October 1: Training camps open for the other 24 NBA teams.
Friday, October 18: Preseason ends.
Tuesday, October 22: Regular season begins.
FIBA Women's AmeriCup set to get underway
September 21, 2019
The FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019 will be played September 22-29 in San Juan, Puerto Rico and will feature the participation of the National Teams of:
Group A: Dominican Republic Cuba Canada Mexico Puerto Rico
Group B: Argentina Paraguay Colombia Brazil USA
The continental competition will begin with a Group Phase, where teams play round-robin format for four days. The top two teams from each group advance to the Semi-Finals of the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019, where the top team of Group A will play the second team of Group B and the top team of Group B will play the second team of Group A. The winners of the Semi-Finals will go-on to play for the continental title on September 29.
The top eight (8) teams of the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019 will qualify to the FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournaments in November 2019.
MVP Ricky Rubio headlines FIBA World Cup All-Star five
September 16, 2019
Spain's Ricky Rubio, who was named Tournament MVP, headlined the All-Star Five for the 2019 FIBA World Cup which recognised the most outstanding players in the tournament,
Serbia’s Bogdan Bogdanovic – who scored most points in this year’s World Cup (183) – along with France’s Evan Fournier, Spain’s Marc Gasol and Argentina’s Luis Scola completed the All-Star five.
Patty Mills, Australia’s go-to player throughout the entire tournament, was left off the team. Despite finishing with averages of 22.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game, while shooting 49.6 percent from the field and 40.4 percent from downtown, it's thought that Australia's fourth place finish is what prevented the San Antonio Spurs guard from being on the list.
Spain wins Gold at FIBA World Cup
September 16, 2019
Spain, the world's second ranked team, are the 2019 FIBA World Cup champions after a dominant 95-75 thrashing of Argentina in China.
Argentina were the underdogs who were never expected to make it to the final but knocked off the likes of Serbia and France on their way to an unlikely final match up with Spain.
Ricky Rubio, who led six Spanish players in double-figures with 20 points, was named Finals MVP.
Marc Gasol scored 14 for the winners, who never trailed. For Gasol, it was historic. The Toronto Raptors centre becomes the second player to win an NBA title and a FIBA world gold medal in the same year, joining Lamar Odom — who did it for the Los Angeles Lakers and USA Basketball in 2010.
Jordan adding new partners to the Hornets
September 15, 2019
Michael Jordan, who gradually assumed near-total control of Hornets Sports & Entertainment since purchasing the team in 2010, will be adding a pair of partners in the near future.
Jordan’s new partners will be Gabe Plotkin, a founder of Melvin Capital, and Daniel Sundheim, a founder of DI Capital. How much of the team they will buy has not been disclosed, but Jordan will remain majority owner.
Jordan will continue to run the Charlotte Hornets, make all decisions related to the team and organization, and remain the team’s NBA Governor.
Jordan, a six-time NBA champion, bought the Hornets for about $180 million in 2010 and controls about 97 percent of the team equity. Earlier this year, Forbes valued the Hornets at about $1.3 billion – 28th of the 30 NBA teams.
Team USA finishes 7th in the FIBA World Cup
September 14, 2019
Team USA finished its tour of the FIBA World Cup on Saturday by knocking off Poland, 87-74. The win earned them a seventh-place finish, Team USA's worst ever in a World Cup or Olympics.
The good news for USA Basketball is despite their weak performance, they’ve already qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and won’t need to compete in a qualifying tournament next year. Argentina was the only other country from the Americas to finish in the top eight, so both teams received automatic bids.
Spain and Argentina will meet for the championship round of the FIBA World Cup on Sunday, while France and Australia will compete in the third-place game.
Sixers honor Charles Barkley with statue
September 13, 2019
Charles Barkley joined the Legends Walk at the Philadelphia 76ers practice facility in Camden, New Jersey. The former Leeds High School and Auburn standout unveiled a statue depicting him in action for the 76ers.
The Barkley statue joined those of Billy Cunningham, Wilt Chamberlain, Maurice Cheeks, Julius Erving, Hal Greer and Bobby Jones in the lineup of former Philadelphia basketball greats on the Legends Walk.
The 76ers selected Barkley from Auburn at No. 5 in the 1984 NBA Draft. He spent his first eight seasons with Philadelphia and was an NBA All-Star in the final six. Now a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Barkley had his No. 34 jersey retired by the 76ers in 2001.
2019 Elite City League starts soon
September 13, 2019
The 2019 Elite City League (ECL) , the BBA's only draft format league, is set to begin on Saturday, September 21 at the Somersfield Academy gymnasium .
Please note Game days and times:
Monday & Wednesdays starting at 7:00 pm at The Bermuda College Gymnasium
Saturdays starting at 7:00 pm at Somersfield Academy Gymnasium
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Team USA loses to Frances in World Cup quarterfinals
September 11, 2019
In a shocker, Team USA will not medal, losing to France 89-79 in the quarterfinals in Dongguan, China. It ends the 58-game winning streak the US -- using NBA players during that stretch -- had in international tournaments.
After falling behind by 10 early in the second half, the Americans stormed back to take a seven-point lead in the fourth quarter. Donovan Mitchell led the United States in scoring, finishing with 29 points on 12-for-23 from the field, but he didn't get enough help. The U.S. shot 4-for-11 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter, with Marcus Smart and Kemba Walker each missing two in the final three minutes.
Rudy Gobert (21 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks) dominated both ends. including two big rejections of Donovan Mitchell and Kemba Walker in the closing minutes. Evan Fournier (22 points) got too much room to operate on the perimeter and took advantage.
Sullivan Phillips participates in Sports Panel Discussion
September 09, 2019
Sullivan Phillips was part of a five-member panel which highlighted the start of the Youth, Sport & Recreation's "Reimaging Sports" Sports Conference which was held at the Bermuda College from September 6-8.
The panel also included former triple jumper Brian Wellman, football coach Maceo Dill, Katura Horton-Perinchief, a former diver, and football legend Shaun Goater. Each panelist spoke about their journeys in sport, giving advice to the young athletes and sports officials in attendance.
Class of 2019 officially enshrined into Basketball Hall of Fame
September 07, 2019
The Class of 2019 was officially inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, with new members Vlade Divac, Sidney Moncrief, Paul Westphal, Jack Sickma, Bobby Jones, Al Attles and Teresa Weatherspoon on hand. Chuck Cooper and Carl Braun were inducted posthumously, and Bill Fitch was unable to attend for health reasons.
Also honored at Springfield's Symphony Hall were the 1957-59 teams from Tennessee A&I, a historically black school that won three straight NAIA titles a decade before Texas Western fielded the first all-black starting five in the NCAA Tournament.
The Hutcherson Flying Queens from Wayland Baptist - the first school to offer women's basketball scholarships - were also inducted. Sponsored by a local aircraft company, they won a record 131 consecutive games in the 1950s.
FIBA 2019 World Cup gets underway
September 01, 2019
The 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup is the 18th tournament of the FIBA Basketball World Cup for 32 Men's national basketball teams. The tournament is hosted in China from Saturday, August 31 to Sunday, September 15 and each of the 8 groups plays in a different city.
NB. The World Cup was rescheduled from 2018 to 2019, becoming the first since 1967 that will not occur in the same year as the FIFA World Cup.
Hamane Niang elected new FIBA President for the 2019-2023 term
August 30, 2019
Hamane Niang, who succeeds Horacio Muratore in becoming the new President of FIBA for the 2019-2023 term of office. , was elected unanimously by delegates from 156 at the XXI FIBA Congress held in Beijing, China.
Hamane Niang has been Vice President of FIBA and also President of FIBA Africa for the period of 2014-2019, having formerly been president of the Mali Basketball Federation and also a Mali Minister of Sport.
Treasurer for the Americas Zone, Mr. Usie Richards, also a former CBC President, was one of 13 members elected to the FIBA Central Board. Along with the newly elected President and Treasurer, the newly formed Central Board will join FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis as well as the Presidents of FIBA's five regions for the new term.
USA Men lose their first game in nearly 13 years.
August 24, 2019
The USA's Senior Men's National Team lost its first International game since 2006 to Australia in an exhibition Down Under in preparation for the FIBA 2019 World Cup in China.
The Boomers, ranked 11th by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), won its first game against No. 1 ranked USA, beating the team 98-94. The game was played at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne with a crowd of more than 52,000, the largest crowd ever to watch basketball in Australia.
The US had won 78 games straight in major international tournaments and exhibitions before Saturday's World Cup exhibition matchup.
BBA holds U19 Social/Awards Presentation
August 19, 2019
To celebrate the 2018/19 season, the BBA held a social for members of the U19 Men's National Program and their parents. Awards were given out recognising the contributions of players at the following events attended in the past year:
2019 Cayman Classic
Most Valuable Player Jorel Smith
Most Improved Player Amaury Majors
Iron Man Award Keishun Swan
Hustle Player Award Mical Hardtman
Top Rebounder Jadon Springer
2019 Embry-Riddle Team Camp
Most Valuable Player Adam McDonald
Most Improved Player Napthali Smith
Iron Man Award John White
Hustle Player Award Kenai Stowe
2018 Heart Lake Classic
Most Valuable Player Adam McDonald
Sportsmanship Award Christian Liyanage
Hustle Player Award Keishun Swan
Defensive Player Award Seth Hardtman
Caelin Peters added to Montreal Tour roster
August 09, 2019
High Schooler, Caelin Peters has been added to the roster of the BBA Men's National Select Team who will be competing against university teams in Montreal, Canada from August 13 - 16.
Caelin enters his senior year of high school this coming semester at Plymouth Whitemarsh (Pennsylvania) and hopefully this opportunity will give him a chance to play at the next level.
Tuesday, August 13 Concordia University
Wednesday, August 14 McGill University
Friday, August 16 University of Montreal
Ballin' in Bermuda 3x3 a success
August 12, 2019
The Ballin' in Bermuda 3x3 tournament held at CedarBridge Academy gymnasium was lauded a success by tournament host, Sullivan Phillips.
The purpose of the tournament was to raise awareness in the basketball community and to provide a fun filled evening surrounding the game of basketball. Thanks to the support of the BBA community and corporate sponsorship, the event was well received and Sullivan is already thinking of the next tournament which he hopes to make bigger and better.
In the Adult division, the team consisting of Charger's players Calvert Lee, Kevin Stevens and Hoopstars Kennique Wilson were crowned champions. In the Junior division, Saltus JV players, Reid Browne, Somers Mello, Jonah Davidson and Noah Simons were crowned champions. Sullivan has agreed to hold a workout, Q&A session with the group on his return to Bermuda later in the year.
Gurshon Kurt named MVP for BBL Finals
July 17, 2019
Gershon Kurt was named the Bermuda Basketball League's Finals Most Valuable Player after Pembroke Skyforce defeated the Southampton Wolfpack.
Gershon was the team's second leading scorer for the game with 11 Points. However, he was named MVP for his overall game as he added 23 Rebounds, 1 Assist, 1 Steal and 5 Blocked Shots.
Gershon will be attending Warren Wilson College this year. Warren Wilson College, located in Asheville, North Carolina, just recently received its NCAA Division III status.
Skyforce are 2019 BBL Champions
September 17, 2019
he Bermuda Basketball League (BBL) came to an exciting end as the Pembroke Skyforce defeated the Southampton Wolfpack. For those in attendance they were treated to a match was decided by one point in overtime.
The Pembroke Skyforce and the Southampton Wolfpack battled throughout the game and it would end 57 - 57 in regulation thanks to a game saving block by Gurshon Kurt. The Pembroke Skyforce would score 7 points in overtime and restrict the Southampton Wolfpack to just six points to win 64 – 63.
Jericho Tucker led the Pembroke Skyforce with 19 Points, 5 Rebounds, 1 Assist and 2 Steals, while Gershon Kurt added 11 Points, 23 Rebounds, 1 Assist, 1 Steal and 5 Blocks.
Mykal Glasgow finished a game high 30 Points for the Southampton Wolfpack, along with 7 Rebounds, 3 Assists and 1 Steal, while Jason Lowe chipped in with 24 Points, 6 Rebounds, 4 Assists and 3 Steals.
The Bermuda Basketball Association would like to thank our title sponsor ONE Communications for their continued support and Bermuda Worldwide Shipping for being a team sponsor of the league champion Pembroke Skyforce!
Sullivan Phillips advises U19 team before they depart
August 06, 2019
Prior to the "Ballin' Out in Bermuda 3 v 3 Basketball Tournament, retired pro and former Bermuda National Team Captain, Sullivan "Sulli" Phillips, met with the BBA's U19 team after their last practice preparing for the Cayman Festival.
Sullivan sat with the players offering encouragement and words of advice. The players asked questions ranging from his experiences playing professional basketball to how to prepare for games. Overall, the players were very enthusiastic interacting with Sullivan and in turn Sullivan noted a few players who he saw having potential to represent Bermuda on the Senior Men's team in the future.
2019 BBL Playoffs are underway
July 09, 2019
St. George's Hoop Stars advanced to the playoffs after defeating the Hamilton Parish Rockets 54-50 to confirm the 8th seed in the quarterfinals of the 2019 BBL's Playoffs.
In Game 1, Southampton Wolfpack defeated the Somerset Tsunamis 51 – 39, D'Mitri Butterfield led the Southampton with 12 Points, 3 Rebounds and 2 Steals, while Ryan Rabain recorded 10 Points, 13 Rebounds for Somerset.
In Game 2, Hamilton City Twisters defeated St. George's Hoop Stars 63 – 52. Te'Jour Riley led Hamilton with 19 Points, 10 Rebounds, 2 Assists, 2 Steals and 3 Blocked Shots. Kennique Wilson fiished with 15 Points, 18 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 2 Steals and 1 Blocked Shot for St. George's.
Cayman are Back to Back Island Games Champions
July 13, 2019
The Cayman Islands National Men’s basketball team have repeated gold at the XVIII Natwest Island Games held in Gibraltar. They breezed through the Group stage against Aland, Isle of Man and Isle of Wight. After defeating Guernsey in the Semi-Finals by a score of 103-66, they would go on to defeat Saaremaa 75-63 in the Championship match.
Home team Gibraltar defeated Guernsey 69-53 to claim the bronze medal. This is Cayman's 5th medal in 9 appearance.
NB. Although Bermuda has not participated since 2015, it has medaled in all 6 of its Island Games appearances. (3 gold, 2 silver & 1 bronze)
Ballin' Out in Bermuda 3 v 3 Basketball Tournament
July 09, 2019
Ballin' Outta Control and Impact Mentoring Academy present the "Ballin' Out in Bermuda 3 v 3 Basketball Tournament" which will be held on Saturday, July 20 from 8:30 -11:30pm at CedarBridge Academy gymnasium.
Retired pro and former Bermuda National Team Captain, Sullivan "Sulli" Phillips, is the tournament host. The purpose of the tournament is to raise awareness in the basketball community and to provide a fun filled evening surrounding the game of basketball. Fundraising is also one of the goals, but not without awareness.
Sullivan currently runs a non-profit organisation catered towards young men with the goal of helping them to navigate life in order to become the best person that they can be. He is also a motivational speaker and is currently on a book tour (see photo) with the proceeds from sales going towards his non-profit organisation and other charities.
In this phase of his life, Sullivan is empowering people through sport and sharing his life story. In the future, he wants to hold a 5 v 5 tournament and hopefully bring US and Canadian coaches to Bermuda to give our athletes more exposure.
Click to hear about the Ballin' Outta Control book signing
Follow the 2019 Island Games Basketball Tournament in Gibraltar
July 06, 2019
The 2019 Natwest International Island Games XVIII will be held in Gibraltar from Saturday, July 6th to Friday, July 12. Although several sports have been excluded from this year's event, Basketball will be a key sport for host Gibraltar to medal.
The 2005 Island Games (Shetland) did not have basketball facilities. To stay linked, the Gibraltar Amateur Basketball Association (GABBA) hosted an International basketball tournament during the same time period. The tournament consisted of four Island Games teams and Bermuda won its first International gold medal.
Click here for Men & Women's schedule
Click to stream Island Games basketball on Gibraltar Basketball's Facebook page
BBA Sr. Men's Nat'l team to play Montreal Universities
July 03, 2019
The BBA's Senior Men's National Team will be competing this summer against member Universities of the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ)
In preparation for next year's CBC event, the Men's National Team is looking to stay competitive by competing in at least one event in the off-year. In August, they will be travelling to Montreal, Canada on a 3 game tour.
The RSEQ is the governing body of primary and secondary school, collegiate and university sport in Quebec
International stars snatch up NBA awards
June 25, 2019
The soaring level of global basketball was on display at the 2018-19 NBA awards gala as four international stars snatched up honors on a historical night.
The NBA awards in Los Angeles were highlighted by Greece superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo claiming the trophy for the Most Valuable Player. Nicknamed the "Greek Freak", the 24-year-old, who averaged 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game, became the first NBA player to win the MVP after claiming the NBA's Most Improved Award, which he won after the 2016-17 season.
Slovenian sensation Luka Doncic picked up the Rookie of the Year award while Rudy Gobert of France won his second straight Defensive Player of the Year honor and Pascal Siakam of Cameroon was named the Most Improved Player.
Raptors' NBA title-winning coach Nurse takes the helm of Canada
June 24, 2019
Canada have handed the national team reins to Nick Nurse, who just led the Toronto Raptors to the club's first NBA crown in his one and only season as a head coach in the league.
Canada last played at a FIBA Basketball World Cup in 2010 and lost all five of their games, although defeats to Lithuania (70-68), France (68-63) and New Zealand (71-61) came after solid performances. The national team will have much more star power in China with a host of NBA players expected to be involved.
The Canadians were one of the most impressive teams in the Americas Qualifiers for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China, winning 10 of 12 games, a record only matched by the United States.
2019 Emby-Riddle Post Camp Reflection
June 23, 2019
U19 Head Coach Kent Tacklyn found the 2019 Embry-Riddle University Team Camp to be an exciting and worthwhile camp for members of the u19 team to attend.
The camp included skills stations and drills that Coach Tacklyn thought the players benefited from, Playing 12 competitive games in 5 days, the coaching staff felt that was a great measuring stick for our players and coaches to see where we stood and what we have to do to play at a higher standard.
Coach Tacklyn went on to say that he would definitely recommend that the u19’s attend this camp next year.
Zion is the top pick in the 2019 NBA Draft
June 21, 2019
Zion Williamson, the 6-foot-7-inch Duke University forward, was named the top pick at the 2019 NBA Draft and was selected by the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Memphis Grizzlies also quickly addressed a positional need by taking Murray State’s Ja Morant with the No. 2 pick. RJ Barrett then made it two Duke freshmen within the top-three picks when the New York Knicks took the guard who actually edged out Williamson to lead the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring.
De’Andre Hunter of national champion Virginia was taken fourth but won’t be teaming up with Williamson. The Pelicans acquired the rights to the pick in the Davis deal but agreed to trade it shortly before the draft to Atlanta.
Six Canadians were drafted Thursday night, setting the record for a country other than the U.S.
A week after the Toronto Raptors won the nation's first NBA championship, Canadians RJ Barrett, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Brandon Clarke, Mfiondu Kabengele, Ignas Brazdeikis and Marial Shayok were drafted.
Carol Callan elected new FIBA Americas President
June 17, 2019
Carol Callan was elected as President of FIBA Americas for the 2019-2023 term by the General Assembly of the member federations in Miami, Florida. This makes Carol Callan the fourth elected member of the FIBA Central Board for 2019-2023 cycle .
Callan becomes the first woman ever to be elected President of FIBA Americas. FIBA President Horacio Muratore, FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis, and FIBA Americas Executive Director Carlos Alves were all present at the Zone Assembly.
The Zone Assembly featured the participation of representatives from 35 of the 43 member National Federations in the Americas with Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, St Kitts & Nevis, St Vincent & Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands, USA, Uruguay, Venezuela and the Virgin Islands.
BBA Executives attend FIBA Assembly
June 17, 2019
BBA President Rickey Watts and Treasurer Tommy Johnson attended the 2019 FIBA Americas Assembly which was held on Saturday, June 16 in Miami. Florida.
The Zone Assembly elected the following new board members for 2019-2023:
FIBA Americas President – Carol Callan (USA)
1st Vice-President – Marcelo Bedoya (PAR)
2nd Vice-President – Yamil Bukele (ESA)
3rd Vice-President – Michele O’Keefe (CAN)
FIBA Americas Executive Director – Carlos Alves
FIBA Americas Treasurer – Usie Richards (ISV)
Glen Grunwald (CAN) Kim Bohuny (USA) Jim Tooley (USA)
Glyne Clark (BAR) Modesto Robledo (MEX) Rafael Uribe (DOM)
Jorge Armando Garcia (COL) Carlos Fontenells (BRA) Jose Arevalo (ECU)
Tim Trott reunites with NBA ref at Embry-Riddle Camp
July 01, 2019
While attending the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) Team Camp with members of the U19 National Program, Tim Trott accidentally reunited with NBA referee, Jonathan Sterling.
Sterling who played with former National Team players, Chris Crumpler, at Flagler College (Florida) was invited to referee in the 2010 Thanksgiving Classic in Bermuda. Tim Trott had the opportunity to officiate 2 games with Sterling and was able to gain valuable experience talking to Sterling before and after games. This time, Tim bumped into Sterling who was there assisting with a Referee Camp which was being run in conjunction with the Team Camp.
Prior to becoming a full-time NBA official at the start of the 2017-18 season, Sterling refereed six NBA Development League seasons, three WNBA seasons and eight NCAA seasons.
Jonathan is married to Lauren Holtkamp who became the 3rd woman to be a full-time NBA referee. (2014)
Adam named to ERAU Team Camp All-Star game
June 19, 2019
Adam McDonald was a unanimous selection by the U-19 Coaching staff to represent the team in the 2019 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Team Camp All-Star game.
Unfortunately, Adam was injured earlier in the day when he took an inadvertent elbow to the head. The physio on site advised that he not play in any games for the remainder of the day and should rest. Therefore Adam was allowed to dress for the game, but did not participate in the warmups or the game itself. Being the consummate teammate, Adam took everything in stride and represented his team as best as he could.
Kawhi Leonard awarded Finals MVP
June 14, 2019
Kawhi Leonard was named NBA Finals MVP for the second time, becoming just the third Finals MVP to have won the award with two teams, joining LeBron James and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Leonard averaged 28.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.2 steals per game for Toronto over the course of their six-game series with the Warriors. Leonard’s last Finals MVP came with the San Antonio Spurs back in 2014.
LeBron won MVP in 2012 & 2013 with the Miam Heat and then in 2016 with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Kareem won MVP in 1971 with the Milwaukee Bucks and then in 1985 with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Leonard’s 732 points over the course of these 24 playoff games sit third on the league’s all-time record list for total points in one postseason. He sits behind Michael Jordan and LeBron James.
Toronto Raptors win the 2019 NBA Championship
June 14, 2019
The Toronto Raptors have beaten the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the NBA finals, sealing the series 4-2 to claim their first ever championship.
The warriors entered into Game 6 with no Kevin Durant after he had picked up an Achilles injury after he was brought back, some might say too soon, in the last outing. His absence has been telling and it was only going to get worse on the injury front as Klay Thompson, who had 30 points at the time, hobbled off to the locker room in the second half.
Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, with 22, was outscored by the imperious Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry – both with 26. Fred VanVleet, off the bench, also got 22.
The CIBA officially announces inaugural Cayman Basketball Festival
June 07, 2019
The Cayman Islands Basketball Association (CIBA) in collaboration with Port Arthur Texas announced the inaugural Cayman Basketball Festival . The tournament takes place during July 18-20 and will feature boys and girls teams. Cayman, Port Arthur (USA), Bermuda and Trinidad & Tobago will be represented in the Boys category and Cayman vs Port Arthur will have a 3 game series in the Girls Category.
Pastor Wanda Bodden – Founder of Bringing Back the Glory Tournaments – had a vision 3 years ago to give children of Port Arthur Texas, who had been devastated by hurricane Harvey, an opportunity to get international exposure. She then reached out to the CIBA & Department of Sports about having a tournament with Cayman, given Port Arthur’s rich history with Caymanians who had settled and started families in Port Arthur many decades ago.
Despite a few challenges, this dream has now become a reality. Cayman will get to showcase some of its high school talent, many of whom will be performing on home soil for the first time; Port Arthur, a city of 50,000 people, will live up to its reputation of athletic prowess, and now with the additions of Bermuda and Trinidad & Tobago, it has turned out to be quite a tournament indeed.
USA complete unprecedented double at FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup 2019
June 07, 2019
USA won a historic double at the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup 2019 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on June 3-7, 2019. No team has previously won this competition with both men and women in the same edition
3x3 Medal winners
1. USA 1. USA
2. Turkey 2. New Zealand
3. Argentina 3. France
2019 Women's Basketball Hall of Fame are Inducted
June 06, 2019
The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2019 will be inducted Saturday, June 8 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
The 7 inductees for the Class of 2019 are:
Beth Bass (Contributor) Carolyn Bush Roddy (Veteran Player) Joan Cronan (Contributor
Nora Lynn Finch (Contributor) Ticha Penicheiro (Int'l Player) Ruth Riley (Player)
Valerie Still (Player)
The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame honors those who have contributed to the sport of women's basketball. The Hall of Fame opened in 1999 in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. It is the only facility of its kind dedicated to all levels of women's basketball.
Under-19 Showcase results
June 03, 2019
The Under-19 Men's National Program was on display during a Showcase event at CedarBridge gym on Saturday, June 1. The game was played against BBL team Pembroke Skyforce who are currently in second lace.
Despite the U-19s losing by a final score of 85 - 55, the event was viewed as a success based on the crowd size, along with the enthusiasm and effort of the players.
Skyforce High scores: Bryce Gonsalves = 20 pts Gurshon Kurt - 19 pts
Team FT 18/33 55%
Under-19 High Scores: Adam McDonald - 15 pts Jorel Smith - 10 pts FT 7/12 59%
The coaching staff will now go through the process of reviewing game film in an effort to sort out the mistakes prior to travel. This is a priority, and with the players putting the work in, these mistakes can be easily remedied..
Thanks again to Skyforce for agreeing to play us. Talks are in place for possibly another showcase game in late June prior to the Cayman Festival.
NBA Finals 2019 - Raptors vs Warriors
May 30, 2019
The NBA Finals is set with the Toronto Raptors making their first appearance against the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors, who are making their fifth straight Finals appearance.
After 4 straight years of the same matchup in the NBA Finals, the 2019 version will provide fans with a slight twist.
The Golden State Warriors will once again represent the Western Conference for the fifth straight year, matching only the Boston Celtics from more than 50 years ago. Although some fans have gotten sick of them after three titles in four years, the squad is clearly one of the top dynasties in NBA history.
On the other side of the spectrum is the Toronto Raptors, who are in the Finals for the first time in franchise history after defeating the Milwaukee Bucks in six games. It's also the first time since 2010 a team without LeBron James will be representing the Eastern Conference.
The biggest storyline of the Finals will be the health of Kevin Durant who suffered a calf strain in the second round, and missed the entire Western Conference Finals. It's "unlikely" he will play at the beginning of the series but the team is "hopeful" he will play at some point.
Kawhi Leonard will be the main attraction going into the next round after tearing through the postseason with an average of 31.2 points per game. He put on a show once again in Game 6 against the Bucks, finishing with 27 points, 17 rebounds, seven assists and two steals,