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Saturday, May 26, 2018
BBA Summer League Basketball Round Up

The Bermuda Basketball Summer League sponsored by ONE Communications continued, with a close game.

The Warwick Rim Rockers went down 62 – 60 to the Paget Flyboys.

Dean Jones would lead the Paget Flyboys with a game high 22 points, he had 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal, while Gikai Clarke scored 20 points for the Warwick Rim Rockers, he added 3 rebounds and 3 steals.

Monday, May 21, 2018
BBA Summer League Basketball Round Up

Omari Dill-Pettiford in action
The Bermuda Basketball Association’s 2018 Summer League season is underway inside the Bermuda College Gymnasium.

The Southampton Thundercats went down 66 – 57 to the Hamilton Parish Twisters. The Hamilton Parish Twisters were led by Omari Dill-Pettiford who scored 28 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assist and 1 steal, while the Southampton Thundercats were led by Jason Lowe who poured in 20 points, to go with his 9 rebounds, 5 assist, 2 steals and 1 blocked shot.

The Hamilton Parish Rockets defeated the Warwick Rimrockers 58 – 46, the Hamilton Parish Rockets got 26 points from Gershon Kurt, he also had 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals and 4 blocked shots, while the Warwick Rimrockers got 11 points from Jorel Smith to go along with 1 assist and 2 steals.
Sunday, May 06, 2018
Bermuda Conclude Niagara College Tournament

Bermuda fell short in their quest for redemption as they lost again to the crafty Wildcats 88 – 68 as the 15th Annual Niagara College Basketball Tournament in Canada came to an end.

Bermuda began the game demonstrating offensive composure by slowing the pace and taking high percentage shots. Defensively they played with heart and limited the Wildcats early offense.

The adjustments Bermuda made seemed to paying off and through the majority of the first half neither team led by more than 5 points.

Nevertheless, fitness, the Achilles heel for the Bermuda squad proved to be their down fall once again.

In the final five minutes, the Wildcats stretched their five point lead to eighteen by hitting 3 after 3. At halftime the score was 42 – 24, Wildcats on top.

Bermuda came out the second half showing no signs of quit as they battled for every loose ball and rebound. Playing on pure pride, they cut the deficit to 12.

However, foul trouble caused coach Gavin to sit a few key players. Halfway through the second half Wildcats lead ballooned to thirty points.

Bermuda fought back with full court pressure defense which caused a few quick turnovers that turned into points.

Co-Captains Jason Lowe and Chris Crumpler led them offensively stroking shots from deep and attacking the basket with ferocity, unfortunately Lowe fouled out with just over 5 minutes left.

Bermuda continued to push forward offensively but the Wildcats matched every run with offense of their own.

Lowe was the team’s top scorer with 19 points, Crumpler scored 18 points, Alex Butterfield added 12 points and Zavante Garnett chipped in with 8 points all in the final 4 minutes of the game.

Head Coach Gavin McKenzie said, “This tournament served as a measuring stick for us. We know what we have to do to be ready for the Fiba Pre-Americas Cup tournament June 25th – July 1st. We will make the adjustments, get in shape and be ready to re-establish our tradition of winning basketball.”
Saturday, May 05, 2018
Bermuda Split Games In Niagara College Tournament

Bermuda continued their preparation for the FIBA AmeriCup 2021 Caribbean Pre- Qualifiers as they resumed play in the 15th Annual Niagara College Basketball Tournament with a double header in Canada.

After going down in their first game of the tournament the Bermuda would bounce back and win their first game of the day 62 – 51 over Club X-Men.

Bermuda Head Coach Gavin McKenzie walked into Bermuda’s morning meeting with one message. “Let’s get back to our identity and play tough team defense”. Bermuda obviously got the message as they began the game by playing suffocating on the ball defense.

Bermuda were playing like a team re-energized as they rotated beautifully and for the first time in the tournament moved as a unit. Energy man, Kameron James particularly played staunch defense collecting a few steals.

Bermuda’s defense led to offense as they moved the ball purposely, attacked the basket aggressively and shot with confidence. Co-Captains Chris Crumpler and Jason Lowe led from the front scoring 14 and 9 points respectively. Bermuda were finally clicking on offense. Adam Correia and Stevey Brown-Darrell in particular hit some tough shots to extend Bermuda’s lead and head into half time with a twenty point cushion 37-17.

Bermuda’s defense was equally as frugal throughout the first ten minutes of the second half. Like a well-oiled, machine the defensive rotations were seamless and the on court communication was paying dividends.

However, the X-Men seemed to summon their powers just halfway through the second half. Sparked by a couple 3’s and determined rebounding they narrowed the lead Bermuda lead to 9 points.

Coach McKenzie called for a timeout that proved critical as he saw his team running out of steam. Bermuda regained their defensive composure. However, the offense had become stagnant and Bermuda needed some much needed scoring.

They found that scoring in the form of two timely 3’s from Lowe which he coupled with points attacking the basket. But the X-Men were not done yet as they managed to string together a few baskets by attacking the offensive glass.

Nevertheless, Crumpler controlled the pace of the game on the offensive end and burned crucial minutes off the clock as Bermuda cruised to the double digit win.

Lowe was Bermuda’s high scorer with 18 points, Crumpler had 17 and Correia added 10 points.

In their second game of the day Bermuda faced off against Club Wildcats wholly comprised of ex Division 1 and Division 2 players who proved to be their toughest competition of the tournament yet falling 91 - 61.

Bermuda began the game again with stingy defense but struggled to score. Eventually Crumpler found his groove scoring Bermuda’s first 9 points. The teams battled back and forth in a physical game that was eventually opened up by dead-eye shooting from the Wildcats.

Bermuda’s offense struggled to match the offensive intensity of their counterparts as the only other players to score more than 5 points in the first half were Lowe with 6 and Sabur Burrows with 5.

Bermuda’s struggles were not limited to offense only, as once again fatigue and tired legs plagued the overall older Bermuda Team. Wildcats cruised to an early halftime lead of 47 - 26.

The second half unfortunately was more of the same as Bermuda struggled to consistently hit shots and defensively allowed the Wildcats to get in the paint and cause havoc, scoring from all angles.

The Wildcats shot particularly well from deep connecting on eleven 3’s in the second half alone. The game was well in hand half way through the second half but Bermuda continued to fight and show pride.

Correia eventually found his rhythm knocking down a couple trifecta’s and Brown-Darrell continued to attack the basket and fight for rebounds in the paint.

Crumpler was high scorer again with 24 points, Lowe, Correia and Brown-Darrell all chipped in with 8 points apiece.
Friday, May 04, 2018
Bermuda To Play in Niagara College Tournament

Chris Crumpler
In preparation for the FIBA AmeriCup 2021 Caribbean Pre- Qualifier set to take place in Paramaribo, Suriname in June, the Bermuda Basketball Association's National Program is sending a Select Team to Ontario, Canada to participate in the 15th Annual Niagara College Basketball Tournament.

The objective of the tour is to allow players the opportunity to play together against better competition.

Bermuda Team

Steveland Brown-Darrell
Sabur Burrows
Alex Butterfield
Adam Correia
Chris Crumpler
Zavante Garnett
Dale Jackson
Kameron James
Jason Lowe
Seward Smith

Former National Team Captain, Dale Jackson will act as a player/coach, specifically to assist with the play of the team's forwards and offer some valuable minutes on the court, hopefully to lead by example.

Head Coach Gavin MacKenzie is positive that the experience will help to confirm some of the fringe players looking to be chosen for the team representing Bermuda in Suriname.
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