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Thursday, June 25, 2015
Hurricane Basketball Heading Back to Camp

The Team Hurricane Basketball Academy proudly announced a return to Jim Boeheim Basketball Camp held on the campus of Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY), a highly ranked academic institution, from June 27th to July 1st.

Team Hurricane Founder and Head Coach, Doug Reed, is a graduate of Syracuse University, so the decision to have Hurricane players return to the Syracuse camp was any easy one. "I bleed orange and blue and Team Hurricane’s return to my alma mater and its camp provides a continued opportunity to promote the school and the college experience to young people. Once again, Team Hurricane players will get a small taste of college life and get a chance to stay in the dorms and walk around the campus. More importantly, they’ll play competitive basketball in one of college basketball’s top venues – the Carrier Dome…although not in front of 30,000 screaming fans."

Team Hurricane's significant growth over the past year will allow for thirteen (13) players to attend this year up from the five (5) student-athletes who participated in 2014. The roster of players who are attending the camp for 2015 are:

1) Mykal Glasgow – Berkeley Institute
2) Yontz Sutton – Berkeley Institute
3) Raushon Tankard – Citizen’s High School
4) Zachary Johnson – Mount Saint Agnes
5) Jacy Lowery – Warwick Academy
6) Sean Tucker – Warwick Academy
7) Niall Waring – Warwick Academy
8) Lewis Ramm – Warwick Academy
9) Christian Liyanage – T.N. Tatem
10) Zane Curtis-Johnson – Sandy’s Middle School
11) Yizharyah Williams – Sandy’s Middle School
12) Kevin Greaves – Florida Prep
13) Jalen Currin – Florida Prep

Mykal Glasgow a smooth shooting guard for Berkeley Institute who has been with the Team Hurricane since its inception is excited about returning to Syracuse University. “It will be an even better experience this time around because I know what to expect.”

Warwick Academy point guard Jacy Lowery says, “This year I hope we dominate.”

For Niall Waring, also of Warwick Academy, he shares, “I’m hoping to make a notable contribution to the team. I’m also looking forward to the experience of being on a big time campus.”

Christian Liyanange, one of the younger Team Hurricane players, will be making his first trip to Syracuse this year. The M3 student-athlete from T.N. Tatem is expecting to improve. “I also want to improve my handle and game I.Q.”

Coach Reed is excited about the team’s return to Jim Boeheim’s Basketball Camp at Syracuse University. “This trip demonstrates the Team Hurricane Basketball Academy's strength to provide a platform in which student-athletes can train, develop and reach their academic and athletic potential. This camp will provide Team Hurricane players the opportunity to learn the game the same way the renowned Syracuse University Orange squad is coached and will, in the process, help the sport of basketball grow in Bermuda.”

“Team Hurricane wishes to thank Tokio Millenium for their charitable donation to this Syracuse University Basketball Camp & College Experience. It is a tremendous opportunity for the players to not only improve their athletic performance but is also the sort of project initiative that Team Hurricane believes cultivates a positive attitude towards the benefits of a college education.”

“It is also just another life enriching opportunity that Team Hurricane is able to offer its student-athletes and is made possible by all who have contributed to our programs and initiatives for 2014-2015: ABWilson Photography, Ace Group, Allied World Assurance, Argus Group, Butterfield & Vallis, FIL Limited, Jardine Matheson International Services, Orbis, The Peter Cundill Foundation, Tokio Millenium, Validus RE, XL Group, Zurich Insurance Company, as well as our individual donors. Their gracious support allows Team Hurricane to continue to develop the youth of Bermuda through sports and education.”
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Bermuda Finish 8th in CBC Championships

After giving up the lead in the fourth quarter, Barbados was able to use a late 13-0 run to hang on for a 78-73 win in the 2015 Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championship 7th Place game over Bermuda at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Road Town, Tortola.

Barbados controlled the game early, jumping out to an 11-2 lead, finishing the first quarter ahead 21-18. Bermuda pulled to within one at 33-32 with 2:00 left in second period, but Barbados ended up leading at the half, 39-34.

In the third quarter, Bermuda pulled ahead briefly at 57-56 with 1:43 to play on a TeJour Riley free throw. John Jones, however, gave Barbados the lead back at 58-57 with a basket at the 0:12 mark.

The two teams exchanged the lead several times early in the fourth before Chris Crumpler put Bermuda up 68-60 with back-to-back three-pointers with 7:06 to play in the game. Again, Barbados responded--this time, with a 13-0 run that was capped off by an Akeem Marsh putback dunk with 2:41 to play.

Bermuda got back to within two at 75-73 on a bucket by Sullivan Phillips with 0:52.9 remaining but they would get no closer.

Keefe Birkett led Barbados with 21 points, while Marsh had 20 points and 13 rebounds. Jones pitched in 11 points. Bermuda was led by Crumpler who scored a game-high 27 points. Jonathan Lowe and Steven Simons each added 11, and John Lee grabbed ten rebounds.
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Bermuda Fall to a Putback in the Final Seconds

Once again, the 2015 Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championships have proven that no second-half lead is safe, as Bermuda came back from 19 down to take a one-point lead over St. Vincent and the Grenadines with less than a minute left in the game, only to fall victim to a Shawn King putback to give St. Vincent and the Grenadines a 74-73 win in the first CBC reclassification round game at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Road Town, Tortola.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines took control of the game after Bermuda finished the first quarter up 19-16. St. Vincent and the Grenadines led 36-27 at half, outscoring Bermuda 20-8 in the second.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines built a 52-33 lead on a bucket by Dameon Ottley with 3:16 to play in the third. But Bermuda cut the lead to 14 at 56-42 by the end of the period, and rode that momentum into the fourth quarter.

Christopher Crumpler took over for Bermuda, as his three-pointer with 1:12 to play got his team to within one at 69-68. A Sean Baptiste three-pointer gave St. Vincent and the Grenadines a temporary four-point lead before Crumpler hit a pair of free throws and another three to give Bermuda a 73-72 lead with 0:37 to play.

But then, with 0:13 remaining, Shawn King connected on a tip-in to give his team the winning basket.

Alexis Foyle led St. Vincent and the Grenadines with 23 points, King had 17 points and 16 rebounds, and Baptiste notched 15. Crumpler scored 23 for Bermuda, while Steven Simons scored 11 points and TeJour Riley added 11 points.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines will play in the 5th Place Game tomorrow against the winner of the Barbados-Suriname match.
Friday, June 19, 2015
Bermuda Go Down to Antigua in CBC Championships

If one thing has been demonstrated at the 2015 Caribbean Basketball Confederation Men’s Championships, it’s that no lead is safe. After several comebacks and near-comebacks, Bermuda nearly pulled off another miracle, getting to within four of Antigua and Barbuda late in the fourth quarter after trailing by 19 in the third, before ultimately falling 71-64 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Road Town, Tortola, to wind up preliminary round play for both teams.

Antigua jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the first, and although Bermuda came back to tie it at ten, Antigua steadily pulled away throughout the course of the game, leading 16-10 after the first quarter, 33-23 at halftime, and 55-44 after the third.

Antigua led by 19 in the third with 2:31 to play, but an 8-0 run by Bermuda to finish the quarter kept them within striking distance.

A floater by TeJour Riley at the 7:05 mark of the fourth capped off an overall 16-0 run by Bermuda, and got them to within three at 55-52. Antigua promptly stretched the lead back to eleven, 64-53, with 2:39 to play.

Bermuda had one more run in them, however. A Jason Lowe three-pointer with 31.8 seconds remaining brought Bermuda to within four at 68-64, but Antigua’s free-throw shooting over the final half-minute iced the game.

Chris Crumpler led Bermuda with 15 points going 5 for 21 from the Field that included 3 for 12 from behind the three point line, he grabbed 6 Rebounds, he had 3 Assist and 2 Steals, while playing 31:25 of the game.

Sulliva Phillips played more than 37 minutes of the game, going 5 for 14 from the Field for his 13 points, Phillips grabbed 7 Rebounds, he had 4 Assist and 3 Steals.

Jason Lowe scored 11 points, while Jonathan Lowe added 10 points and TeJour Riley scored 9 points.

Antigua advances to the semi-finals with a 3-1 preliminary round record, while Bermuda (2-2) awaits to see whom they will play based on the results of today’s games.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Ahronson Looking Forward to Island Games

Fourteen year old Rye Ahronson will become the youngest player to represent Bermuda at the Men’s Level in Basketball when he puts on the Bermuda Shirt in Jersey at the Island Games.

Bermuda are the three times defending Champions and the youngster feels he is up to the challenge.

Ahronson has spent the last few months training everyday looking forward to getting the call up at the senior level, he has represented Bermuda at both the Under 12 and Under 14 Age Group Level’s.

Ahronson has worked with the likes of Charles Peters of Wolfpack Baskeball, as well as Chris Crumpler, Gavin MacKenzie and Tim Trott.

The Bermuda team has had a hand with corporate sponsorship helping with kit, in particular International Financial Planning.

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