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Sunday, April 19, 2015
CBC & Island Games Training Squads Announced

John Lee
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The Bermuda Basketball Association have named two squads for upcoming competitions. Bermuda have entered teams for the Caribbean Basketball Championships and the Island Games.

The Bermuda Women’s Basketball team will not be going to Caribbean Basketball Championships (which they have never participated in) and have withdrawn from the Island Games.

The final 12 for Island Games will be selected on May 21st, while the Caribbean Basketball Championships final roster will be confirmed at a later date.

Caribbean Basketball Championships 17 Players

Roderick Spencer (Head Coach)
Gavin MacKenzie (Assistant Coach)
Rickey Watts (Manager)
Sullivan Phillips
John Lee
Steven Simons
Jaren Haley
Kevin Stephens
Jonathan Lowe
Jason Lowe
Jahvon Jones
Yusef Riley
Jason Simons
Damon Saunders
Husayn Symonds
Vernon Lamb III
Jamie Cedenio
Shannon Thompson
Jordan Travor Knight
Chris Crumpler

Island Games 16 players

Gavin MacKenzie (Head Coach)
Tim Trott (Assistant Coach)
Carl MacKenzie (Assistant Coach)
Rickey Watts (Manager)
Sullivan Phillips
John Lee
Steven Simons
Kevin Stephens
Jonathan Lowe
Jason Lowe
Jahvon Jones
Yusef Riley
Jason Simons
Damon Saunders
Husayn Symonds
Jamie Cedenio
Kieron Burgess
Jordan Travor Knight
Chris Crumpler
Dave Middleton
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Island Basketball Season Ends With No Show

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The Final for the Cellone Island Basketball League inside the Cedarbridge Academy Gymnasium did not go to script as the Crossfire Ballers failed to make up enough players on a roster.

The Thunder Cats players warmed up preparing for the Final, however the Crossfire Ballers only had three players warming up, phone calls to other players to find out if they intended to play went unanswered.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that the players no show was more about a replacement player not allowed to play in the final, something the organizers had expressed to the team before the Final.

In the end the Thunder Cats were presented the Trophy ending the season.

The Ladies Final was one that will be remembered for a long time as it went down to the wire with the Lady Hawks edging the Court Queens 28 – 27.

Denise Burgess led the Lady Hawks to the title scoring 9 points, while Nicole Crumpler scored 8 points for the Court Queens.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
American Coaches Reflect on Bermuda Hoops

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The Team Hurricane-Global Squad Invitational Skills Camp recently held at Bermuda College was a triumph for Bermuda Youth Basketball.

The camp was a benefit to Bermuda’s student-athletes by allowing them to work with the staff of Alexander Basketball Academy, a well-regarded basketball institution experienced in bringing international players to U.S. college coaches.

Team Hurricane Founder and President, Doug Reed, handed the reins to John Alexander to run a camp designed to scout and recruit, invited NCAA level talent from here in Bermuda. Coach Alexander has been training high school, college, and pro players for nearly 10 years and has over 40 players who have made it to the NCAA level. Joining John Alexander in Bermuda was Kevin Breslin an Assistant Coach at Washington College (Chestertown, Maryland) and Christian Matthews, a Washington College graduate and former player there.

The 3-day camp saw players from Team Hurricane learn what is required to, as Coach John Alexander said, “take ownership of their game.” Student-athletes learned fundamental training techniques including proper footwork, speed, agility, ball-handling, and shooting. By camp’s end, Team Hurricane players had the tools necessary to train at a high level.

What made the Skills Camp a triumph for Bermuda youth basketball was what Coach Alexander and Coach Kevin Breslin had to say about the talent and heart of young Bermuda players.

John Alexander was quoted as saying, “I was impressed with the level of talent we found in Bermuda. More importantly, though, Team Hurricane is clearly building a strong culture of hardworking and extremely coach-able basketball players. In our brief time with the players we saw a great deal of improvement from each player. This demonstrated that they not only take instruction well, but they are willing to put in the work to take their game to the next level. The discipline the Hurricane staff has already instilled in these players really made our job easy and enjoyable. This was without a doubt one of the most enjoyable international skills camp Alexander Basketball Academy has ever run.”

Kevin Breslin said, “The first time we run a camp in a new country it is always difficult to plan for the first day. Without a good understanding of the level of basketball we will soon encounter we can't be sure of what drills to run. Running a drill I use with my players at Washington College may not be beneficial for a kid who is first learning the game. The remarkable thing about this camp is that the coaches of Team Hurricane have already provided young Bermudians with the basic skills that will help them to succeed as basketball players at a high level. Team Hurricane's mastery of the basic concepts of basketball empowered our Alexander Basketball Academy staff to run the advanced drills we would use with players in our advanced Global Squad program. The challenge for these young players now is to find time to hone their impressive skills on a beautiful island with more golf courses than gymnasiums, a stark difference from their American counterparts who never lack opportunities for gym space.”

Founder and Head Coach, Doug Reed, couldn’t be happier about the success of Team Hurricane’s first ever skills camp. “It was a dream come true to be able to provide an awesome training experience for young student-athletes here in Bermuda. The young men of Team Hurricane Basketball Academy carried themselves with such dignity and class while showing a competitive spirit to work hard and do all that was asked of them. They showed that a lot of talent is to be found in Bermuda youth basketball”
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Hoops & Netball Join Forces

Erica Woods, Director of the Lady Cats
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Coaches from Wolfpack Hoops and the Bermuda Netball Association have teamed up to create the Lady Cats Spring basketball league. Gina Benjamin and Marissa Brangman two of Netball’s brightest young coaches have joined Erica Woods, Director of the Lady Cats to create a league for girls that will also feature an all-star cast of women’s coaches.

A spokesperson for Wolfpack stated, “It has been years since we have had a sustainable girls programme for basketball in Bermuda. This partnership between Wolfpack Hoops and the Bermuda Netball Association will provide both sports with opportunities for continued growth and support. This inaugural league will be an opportunity for youth players from Netball to try out a new sport which will keep them active during the offseason.”

Woods, Director of the Lady Cats stated, "I'm extremely excited to get things underway. With both netball and basketball partnering up, this gives the young ladies an opportunity to be active year round without schedules clashing. Those who enjoy both sports will now have the luxury of playing both with no interruptions. It will allow them to learn and develop new skill sets, create more friendships and also build positive characteristics that will prove to be valuable in their everyday lives. This will be a fun and safe space for all involved. I'm so thankful for the opportunity to work alongside Brangman and Benjamin as we all share a common passion for helping to positively develop our young people."

The Spring League will run for eight weeks and will provide recreational basketball games which will consist of four teams, each representing a different WNBA team. Teams will include the Dream, the Mystics, the Mercury, and the Lynx named after the top four teams in the WNBA.

This is an exciting new initiative where two sports can collaborate to help keep the young women in our community active while promoting fitness, teamwork, and discipline. It also promises to create more opportunities for the young athletes to travel and play abroad.

Benjamin shared, “Having a love for both sports, I am looking forward to the new partnership between netball and basketball. We are entering into uncharted territory as historically the sports have competed for the same athletes. This will present our girls with greater opportunity to travel and schooling. More importantly, this will allow our young girls to stay active and be involved in a positive environment.”

Brangman added, “I’m excited to see collaboration between two sports that I love. These two sports truly complement one another and offer opportunities for our young ladies beyond Bermuda. I’m looking forward to this new initiative which will help to foster and develop our young female athletes.”

The Lady Cats Spring League is looking for girls ages 9 to 16 who are either experienced basketball players, or who are looking to try out a new sport. The first 20 players from Netball who are willing to try out the sport will do so at a discount.

To register for the Lady Cats Spring League, e-mail info@wolfpackhoops.com
Friday, April 10, 2015
Hurricane Basketball Invitational Skills Camp

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No rest for the weary as Team Hurricane Basketball Academy returns from last week’s successful Montreal Hoop Experience to announce the Team Hurricane-Global Squad Invitational Skills Camp to be held at Bermuda College this weekend, April 10, 11 & 12th.

In keeping with its mission to provide the best competitive basketball experience for student-athletes who want to pursue a college education, Team Hurricane is aligning with Alexander Basketball Academy to hold the Team Hurricane-Global Squad Invitational Skills Camp. The fostering of such relationships serves to benefit Bermuda’s student-athletes as Team Hurricane works with other basketball academies experienced in bringing international players to U.S. college coaches.

Alexander Basketball Academy (ABA) is a basketball training organization dedicated to helping athletes achieve their basketball related goals and reach the “next level.” For nearly 10 years ABA players have reached their highest potential by utilizing cutting-edge training techniques and a distinctive coaching style that stresses physical improvement, mental growth, and leadership. Alexander Basketball Academy is led by John Alexander. John played 4 years of college basketball at Washington College (Chestertown, Maryland) where he was captain and three time Defensive Player of the Year. Coach Alexander has been training high school, college, and pro players for nearly 10 years and has over 40 players who have made it to the NCAA level. Basketball is definitely a family affair as John’s brother, Joe Alexander, was a 2008 NBA 1st round draft pick of the Milwaukee Bucks out of West Virginia University.

John Alexander is looking forward to this weekend’s camp. “Doug Reed and Kent Tacklyn of Team Hurricane have been gracious enough to allow the Global Squad coaches to run this invitational camp in order to scout, recruit, invited NCAA level talent from Bermuda to attend the Global Squad.”

The main objective of the Team Hurricane – Global Squad Invitational Skills Camp will be to teach players how to develop their individual basketball skills whether on their own or with a small group of friends. Student-athletes will learn fundamental training techniques including proper footwork, speed, agility, ball-handling, and shooting. At camp’s end, players will have the tools necessary to train at a high level regardless of where they live or the facilities at their disposal. Just as importantly, the camp will seek to identify those student-athletes with the talent to play college basketball in the United States.


The Team Hurricane-Global Squad Invitational Skills Camp will feature:
Experienced Coaches – Staff with many years of basketball skill development
Focused Instruction – High player to coach ratio
Pro-Style Training – NBA caliber drills so athletes can practice like the pros
Competition – Daily challenges with recognition for excellence.

Offensive & defensive footwork 1-on-1 offensive development
Intense ball-handling drills Position specific skill work
“Form Shooting” How to simulate game pressure
Speed & agility training Game situational instruction
ABA’s “Jump Program” Exercises in mental toughness

The camp schedule is as follows:
Bermuda College
Stonington Avenue
South Road
Paget, PG 04
April 10 – April 12, 2015
Friday Session – 4:00pm – 6:30pm
Saturday Session – 11:00am – 3:00pm
Sunday Session – 2:00pm – 6:00pm

Founder and Head Coach, Doug Reed, is excited about Team Hurricane’s first ever skills camp. “This program highlights the Team Hurricane Basketball Academy’s ability to provide a platform in which student-athletes can train, develop and reach their academic and athletic potential.”
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