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Friday, July 06, 2018
BBA Receives New Equipment Courtesy of BOA

The Bermuda Olympic Association (BOA) today announced that the Bermuda Basketball Association (BBA) has received several pieces of new equipment thanks to funding provided through BOA’s partnership program with the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) that makes new equipment available to qualifying national sports federations free of charge.

The BBA has received two Bison T-Rex Portable Basketball Systems, which will be used for outdoor games, two Shoot-A-Way Shooter Basketball Training Systems to help prepare men’s, women’s and youth national teams for international competition, and 60 new FIBA Official basketballs (36 indoor and 24 indoor/outdoor).

Mr. Tommy Johnson, Treasurer of the BBA, said “We would like to thank the BOA and PASO for their support and for the equipment that will enhance our athletes’ training capabilities. With the new equipment, we’ll also be able to give local youth a better introduction to basketball and prepare them better for local and international competition.”

Judy Simons, BOA President said, “The BOA is focused on helping our young athletes from all sports along on their journeys to success. As PASO’s representative in Bermuda, we’re pleased to have been able to help the BBA acquire new equipment to help with the development of our local basketball talent, and we know the equipment will go to very good use.”

Monday, July 02, 2018
Peters Gets High Marks at Team Basketball Event

16 year old basketball player Caelin Peters is starting to earn recognition as a top collegiate prospect in the United States. Born and raised in Bermuda, Peters has represented Bermuda's youth national teams in the past and moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2016 to pursue his dream of one day playing professional basketball.

His dream took him to Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, a perennial basketball powerhouse in the state. Last year, the PW Colonials started the season 27-0, making their way into the national rankings, which saw all five of the team's starters getting scholarship offers to play college basketball. During that season, Peters saw limited minutes as the only sophomore on a varsity roster loaded with nine seniors. As a rising junior, Peters was looking for the opportunity to prove himself.

This past weekend Temple University hosted its annual Team camp which brings together a couple dozen local high school teams -- as well as a few top AAU teams -- for high level local hoops. The event attracts local media and scouts, along with Temple University coaches, Fran Dunphy and Aaron McKie who want to take a first look at the areas best high school players. With his sophomore season behind him, Peters was given the task of running the team from the point guard position as a rising junior.

Peters' PW team played four games over the weekend event. The first game was a matchup with defending state champion Roman Catholic High School. The first contest saw Peters getting the ball to his teammate, 7'3" center Naheem Mcleod, a nationally ranked center by ESPN. Peters found McLeod with both traditional post feeds and a few well timed lob passes ending in dunks. He showed high intelligence on the court and great shot selection knocking down four three point shots. In all Peters ended the game against Roman with 15 points and a half dozen assists but more importantly he walked away with the respect of media and scouts.

Josh Verlin lead writer/editor of the City of Basketball Love website, wrote this about Peters, "the rising junior looked the part this weekend. A somewhat-deep reserve for P-W last year, Peters is an athletic 6-2 left-hander with a smooth shot off the bounce, but he showed strong instincts this weekend as a ‘1’, making good reads off the pick-and-roll and working the ball inside to McLeod with both easy post feeds and more difficult passes on the move. Donofrio will once again have the pieces necessary to compete for Suburban One League, District 1 6A and even PIAA state titles."

National recruiter Clarence "Chick" Gillespie of the Phenom Hoops Report tweeted about Peters, "If I had to pick one player who has made a huge improvement from Soph to Junior season I’d have to go with Caelin Peters from P-W. From floor game to shot selection he's certainly attracted attention."

Peters continued his solid play the rest of the weekend in games against Baltimore Polytechnical High School (Maryland), Team Speed (NJ), and St. Georges Tech (Delaware). In the game against Team Speed, Peters scored most of his 12 first half points on midrange jump shots off the dribble, finishing the contest with 18 points. In the final game against St Georges, He finished the game with 15 points on a number of flashy drives to the basket.

June 15th is the first time that NCAA Division 1 college coaches can make official contact with potential recruits. Peters received a phone call from Lafayette College expressing interest in coming to watch him play during the July live period and in his junior season. He has also received invitations to attend elite prospect camps from D-1, D-2, and D-3 schools all over the United States including Bucknell University, Drexel University, University of Pennsylvania, Holy Cross College, and University of California San Diego. Should Peters earn a Division 1 scholarship, he would be the first player born and raised in Bermuda to accomplish the feat.
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Bermuda Fall in Caribbean Final Match

The controversy of having four players denied the opportunity to play continued as Bermuda took to the court for their final game of the FIBA AmeriCup 2021 Caribbean Pre- Qualifiers in Paramaribo, Suriname.

Bermuda was once again forced to play short, this time just five players dressed with Chris Crumpler not able to play due to injury and they took on Monserrat a team they previously defeated.

However Bermuda on spent legs could not repeat the feat, but they gained many fans with their effort throughout the tournament falling 57 – 47.

Bermuda led 14 – 13 after the first quarter and then outscored Montserrat 9 – 7 in the second quarter to take a 23 – 20 lead to the break.

Monserrat would outscore Bermuda 18 – 15 in the third quarter, sending the game into the final quarter level at 38 – 38, but the Bermuda legs would not be able to maintain the pace as they would be outscored 19 – 9 in the final quarter.

Te’Jour Riley was the top scorer for Bermuda with 16 points, Jason Lowe added 12 point, Adam Correia scored 9, with Seward Smith scoring 7 times and Vernon Lambe III scored 3 points.

Friday, June 29, 2018
Bermuda Fall to St. Vincent and the Grenadines

The controversy of having four players denied the opportunity to play continues as Bermuda took to the court for game five of the FIBA AmeriCup 2021 Caribbean Pre- Qualifiers in Paramaribo, Suriname.

Bermuda was once again forced to play with just six players dressed.

Bermuda took on St. Vincent and the Grenadines going down 76 – 62.

Bermuda were down by 2 at the end of the first period 16-14, St. Vincent and the Grenadines would then out score Bermuda 20-10 in the second period to go to the break leading 36 – 24.

Both teams would score 18 points in the third period, to go into the final period with the score 54 – 42, St. Vincent and the Grenadines would outscore Bermuda 22-20 in the final period.

Bermuda was once again led by Chris Crumpler who scored 28 points, Jason Lowe added 18 and Yusef Riley scored 13 points.

Thursday, June 28, 2018
Bermuda Six Fall to Haiti in Suriname

The controversy of having four players denied the opportunity to play continues as Bermuda took to the court for game four of the FIBA AmeriCup 2021 Caribbean Pre- Qualifiers in Paramaribo, Suriname.

Bermuda was once again forced to play with just six players dressed.

Bermuda took on Haiti going down 96 – 60. Bermuda was down 20 – 13 at the end of the first period, Bermuda was outscored 23 – 10 in the second period to go to the break, down 43 – 23.

Bermuda would score 19 points in the third period, but Haiti would score 25 to take a 68 – 42 lead into the final period, Haiti would outscore Bermuda 28 – 18 in the final period to record and the win.

Chris Crumpler led Bermuda in scoring with 27 points, while Te’Jour Riley chipped in with 16 points and Jason Lowe added 15 points.

Lowe grabbed 10 rebounds, with Riley getting 9 and Crumpler grabbed 7 rebounds.

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