The Island Basketball League resume at the Cedarbridge Academy Gymnasium after been affected by last week's Hurricane Nicole with both new teams to the league getting wins.
The first game of the night saw the Island Ballers defeat the Skyforce 50-41. John Lee scored 29 points for the Island Ballers, while the Skyforce were led by Jorrel Smith with 24 points.
In the second game of the night the Tsunami defeated the Hoopstars 52-43 picking up their second win of the new season, Jason Simons led the way for the Tsunami’s with 22 points, while the Hoopstars got 14 points from Johnny Lowe.
Monday, October 10, 2016
Bermuda Island Basketball League Round Up
Action from Cedarbridge
The 2016/17 Bermuda Island Basketball League season tipped off inside the Cedarbridge Gymnasium with a double header that produced 170 points.
The opening points of the season were scored by Steven Simons of the Tsunami’s who are a new team to the League, they recorded a 46 - 33 win over the Rimrockers. Johnny Lugo and Dean Jones scored 10 points each in the win, while Dave Middleton scored 8 points for the Rimrockers.
Game Two featured another new team, but they did not start the season with a win, the Island Ballers went down to Twisters 53 - 38, Girki Clark was the top scorer for the Twisters with 16 points, while the Island Ballers were led by Rajiz Mallory with 8 points.
Sunday, October 09, 2016
Bermuda 4 Selected for Digicel Jumpstart Experience
The Digicel NBA Jumpstart Elite clinic concluded in the British Virgin Islands with four Bermudian players being selected by the NBA coaches for the Digicel Jumpstart Experience in the U.S. later this year.
In what is a positive development for Bermudian basketball the four players were selected from 57 young players from eight Caribbean countries who competed at the three-day camp, and make up half of the total number who'll travel to the States. The NBA coaches selected the players based on the skills and attitude they displayed over the three days. The players are: Caelin Peters (14), Jorel Smith (15), Kobie Reid (15) and Ishan- Nae Smith (16).
"This is a huge opportunity and chance to get more exposure and to strengthen my skills as a player. I am looking forward to the experience and the atmosphere, meeting new people and working with the NBA coaches. At the camp I enjoyed meeting people from different cultures and playing against those different cultural styles and adjusting so it fitted into my game" Kobie Reid outlined following the announcement.
Ishan- Nae Smith added, "This means a lot because not very many girls in Bermudian get to experience what I did and I am looking forward to seeing a NBA game for the first time."
"As I was at the Elite camp last year in Trinidad it means a lot to be selected this year. I felt I was really close then and I have worked hard since. I liked how everyone was working hard and we all had intense schemes. Everyone was very passionate about the camp and I went out to do my best. I love playing basketball, so it was fun!," said Caelin Peters.
"I can't wait to see the talent in New York, in those high school teams we will play as well at going to see the Knicks and the Nets."
Additionally, Siyaunne Hall (16) won the female Free Throw award.
Saturday, October 08, 2016
Bermuda Island Basketball League Countdown
The Bermuda Basketball Associations Island Basketball League (IBL), is scheduled to get underway on Monday October 10th with a 7:00pm tip-off.
The season runs till mid March and games will be on Monday, Wednesday and Saturdays 7pm & 9pm inside the Cedarbridge Academy Gymnasium.
IBL commissioner Kenny Simmons said, “The league expansion teams Island Ballers and Tsunami play their first games on opening night.”
Last seasons championship game finalists Twisters will take on the Island Ballers and then the Tsunami’s play 2015/16 mid table finish team Rimrockers,” continued Simmons.
Defending Champions Flyboys start their title defense on Wednesday night, so I would like to invite Basketball people to come out and support this league and have a great season,” concluded Simmons.
Friday, October 07, 2016
Bermuda Six Begin Digicel NBA JumpStart Camp
After Friday’s introductions to get things going, youngsters from across the Caribbean began taking part in NBA JumpStart Elite Camp sponsored by at the Multipurpose Sports Complex in British Virgin Island.
Six Bermuda Youth Basketball players are currently in Tortola British Virgin Islands taking part in the NBA JumpStart Elite Camp.
Jorel Smith, Kobie Reid, Rye Ahronson, Caelin Peters, Inshannae Smith, Jalen Currin and SiYaunne Hall were selected by the NBA as the top players from Bermuda.