The Falcons were crowned the Bermuda Basketball Atlantic Vision Care Elite City League 2017 Champions after defeating the Warriors inside the Cedarbridge Academy Gymnasium.
The Final saw the Warriors once again come up a little short as the Falcons defeated them 76-68.
The Warriors down by 20 at the half 44 – 24, made a run at the start of the second half to close the gap to under ten, eventually ran out of steam falling by 8 points.
The Falcons were led to victory by Chris Crumpler who scored a game high 33 points, he also had 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals, while his teammate Kevin Stephens came up 2 assists shy of a triple double as he scored 23 points, he also had 12 rebounds, 8 assist and 3 steals. Kyle Van Helen led the Warriors with 19 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot and Kobe Imlay scored 15 points, he had 12 rebounds and 1 assist.
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Bermuda Win Final Match in Canada
The Bermuda Under 19 Men’s National Basketball team won their final game of the Heart Lake Winter Classic Basketball Tournament in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.
Bermuda defeated Heart Lake Junior Varsity 56 – 18.
The Bermuda team did a much better job in defensive rebounds, the necessary adjustments were made to take advantage of their strengths.
The difference in score from the teams’ first meeting was due to lineup changes and adjustments with the offense and minor changes in the defense.
Jorel Smith once again led the Bermuda team in scoring with 15 points, Adam McDonald added 13 points and De-Nyi Thomas scored 9 points.
Smith was chosen as the Bermuda team MVP by coaching staff.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Bermuda Elite City League Semi-Finals
The Bermuda Elite City Basketball Semi-Finals took place inside the Cedarbridge Academy Gymnasium with 294 points scored.
In the opener the Falcons advanced to the Final with a 87 – 70 win over the Hornets, Chris Crumpler scored a game high 34 points to lead the Falcons to victory, while Darae Smith scored 15 points for the Hornets.
In the nightcap the Panthers hopes of a 4-peat went up in smoke as they were defeated 71 – 66 by the Panthers the team they have beaten in the play-off’s in the past two years. The Warriors got a game high 26 points from Kobe Imlay, while Kameron James scored 22 points for the Warriors.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Bermuda Fall in Final Warm Up Game in Canada
The Bermuda Under 19 National Basketball team fell in the second and final warm up match in preparation of the Heart Lake Winter Classic Basketball tournament in Brampton, Ontario.
Bermuda took on the host Heart Lake Secondary going down 75 – 45, Heart Lake were a better team in terms of their organization, structure and athleticism and as expected, they applied full court pressure.
Heart Lake is currently coached by Paul Notice, who is a former teacher at CedarBridge Academy from 2004-2006.
The Bermuda guards did a good job anticipating the press, but numerous times they would turn the ball over after getting into the front court, Bermuda was also hampered by silly fouls from starters forcing Coach Tacklyn to make early substitutions and this disrupted the flow of the game.
Some Bermuda players were forced into roles they were not used to playing in. This led to a disappointing 30-19 first half score.
The frustrating part of the first half was that Bermuda was getting quality shots in the first half, but could not make them. This continued in the 3rd quarter as Heart Lake would expand their lead in a 27-11 quarter, fatigue may have played a part in the score.
Heart Lake's full court pressure forced more turnovers which resulted in easy points. Team captain, Jorel Smith was the standout for the team in the second half as he continuously attacked the rim. He scored 11 of his 22 points in the 3rd quarter after having to sit much of the first half with foul trouble.
The fourth quarter was much of the same and Coach Tacklyn would empty his bench halfway through, in order to rest his starters for the tournament.
Monday, December 11, 2017
Bermuda Fall in Warm Up Opener in Canada
Captain Jorel Smith scored 19 points
Bermuda’s Under 19 National Basketball team fell 60 – 45 in their warm up game against Central Peel Secondary School.
The Bermuda Under 19’s came out a bit hesitant running the offense and rushed a number of their shots to start the game. Defensively, they were unable to keep Central Peel off the offensive boards as Central Peel took advantage of its size matchups, this allowed them to take an early 18-5 lead at the end of the first quarter.
After shaking off the first game jitters and several substitutions in the 2nd quarter, Bermuda was able to execute its offense more effectively and finished the quarter scoring 10 points and only allowed Central Peel to score 12 points as they took a 30-15 lead into the break.
In the 2nd half, after some adjustments prompted by Head Coach Kent Tacklyn, Bermuda was determined to mount a comeback.
The Bermuda team was more aggressive offensively, not settling for the 3 point shot, but attacking the basket for higher percentage shots.
Bermuda captain Jorel Smith led the charge, scoring 7 of his team leading 19 points in the 3rd quarter.
Defensively, Bermuda did a better job rebounding and because of that were able to push the ball in transition which led to layup and free throw opportunities and they would outscore Central Peel 15-13 in the 3rd quarter.
Bermuda was able to cut the lead down to 10 points thanks to a few timely steals and improved rebounding in the final quarter. A determined De-Nyi Thomas who scored 15 point accounted for 11 of Bermuda's 15 fourth quarter points on aggressive drives to the basket.
Unfortunately a few ill-timed shots and some late game mental errors cost Bermuda a chance to cut into the lead and they would go down 60-45
Other stand outs for the Bermuda team included Jacy Lowery and Leano Ming.