The 2013 defending Champions Union Island All-Stars won the Digicel Grenadines Basketball 2014 Championship, which concluded in Bequia last Saturday night by defeating the Bequia All-Stars by 5 points, in a close, exciting game.
The Bequia All-Stars went down as much as 15 points in the second quarter but rallied back to bring the score to a 30 to 38 margin in the half time, and tying the game in the 4th quarter with 45 seconds left on the clock. Missed free throw opportunities was the deciding factor as Bequia came close, but victory eluded them once again.
Four Grenadines Teams contested the annual competition: Bequia AllStars, Canouan Islanders, Mayreau Kings and Union Island All-Stars. The competition began on October 24th in Ashton, Union Island, with games played in Canouan on Oct 31st to Nov 2nd, and finally concluding in Bequia this past weekend, with the semi finals, finals, and trophy presentation.
National point guard Steveon Taylor of Union Island was awarded the tournament Most Valuable Player and received many other trophies including MVP for his team, Final Game MVP, most assists, and most steals in six games.
The Canouan Islanders defeated the Mayreau Kings in the Third Place game, with veteran captain Damian Harry of Canouan being adjudged Team MVP, as well as receiving the most points trophy with 147 in 6 games.Center Orando Blugh of the Bequia All-Stars received his team’s MVP and Warrican Myers of Canouan was awarded most blocks and most rebounds. Owen Isaacs of Mayreau was adudged his team’s most valuable player.
The tournament, which first began in 2003 gives the talented elite players of the Grenadines an opportunity to display their skills and to compete at a high level of competition, as well as sustaining healthy sporting rivalries between the islands. Sponsors include Digicel as title sponsor, John Clark and Il Sogno Villa of Canouan, Wind and Sea Ltd and Frangipani Hotel.
The technical aspects of the games and administration are handled by Sabrina Mitchell and the Bequia Basketball Association, with assistance from Rohan Henry, president of the Canouan Association and Roseman Adams, President of the Southern Grenadines Basketball Championship.
Both Parliamentary representatives of the Northern and Southern Grenadines Loraine Friday and Terrence Ollivierre attended the finals and spoke at the conclusion of the event. Both representatives congratulated the winning team, commended the organisers of the competition and thanked the sponsors for their commitment to basketball in the Grenadines. Both Dr. Friday and Mr. Ollivierre thanked Sabrina Mitchell for her efforts to organize the competition. Mr. Ollivierre challenged Bequia to bring better competition for Union Island, who have won the competition more than any other team since the inception. He also commended Mayreau on their stellar efforts despite being short of a few members yet still performed well.
Dr. Friday commended the Bequia team for their efforts to bring the game back close and provide an exciting conclusion. Sabrina Mitchell, president of the Bequia Association also spoke briefly, thanking the sponsors and administrators Rohan Henry and Roseman Adams and his support team Danis Coy, Philmon Taylor and Seymour LaBorde.
She specifically expressed gratitude to Canouan for their efforts to help fund this very expensive tournament, which involves covering the cost of the boat transportation and house rental for some 80 persons over a two and a half week time period. She concluded her address by challenging the the other Grenadines Associations to develop their Under 15 players, as Bequia has done in the past 10 years to ensure sustainability of basketball in the Grenadines, but also with the hope of having a Under 15 Grenadines youth Championship in the not too distant future.
FRIDAY NOV 7th: SEMI FINAL GAMES
Union Island All-Stars defeat Mayreau Kings 128 to 54 to move on to the finals
-leading scorer Union Island: Steveon Taylor with 24 pts, 10 reb, 6 asst, 4 set
-leading scorer Mayreau: Damain FOrde with 18 pts, 9 reb, 2 stea
Bequia All-Stars defeat Canouan 70 to 66 and move on to finals
-leading scorer Bequia: Keithroy Lavia with 17pts, 4 reb, 4 assts
-leading scorer Canouan: Damian Harry with 17 pts.11 reb, 4 asst
SATURDAY NOV 8th: THIRD PLACE GAME AND FINALS
THIRD PLACE GAME: Canouan defeat Mayreau 82 to 73
-leading scorer Canouan: Dwayne John with 23 pts, 4 assts, 4 steal, 1 blk
-leading scorer Mayreau: Tarik Ollivierre with 22 pts, 3 assts, 2 steals
Union Island All-Stars defeat Bequia All Stars 69 to 63
-leading scorer Union: Stevon Taylor with 14 pts, 5 steals, 1 asst, 1 blk
-leading scorer Bequia: Orando Blugh with 14 pts, 9 reb, 1 asst, 2 blks
Most Points: Damian Harry (Canouan) with 147 in 6 games
Most Rebounds: Warrican Myers (Canouan) with 83 in 6 games
Most Assists: Stevon Taylor (Union) with 23 in 6 games
Most Steals: Stevon Taylor (Union)with 23 in 6 games
Most Blocks: Warrican Myers (Canouan)with 8 in 6 games
Canouan: Damian Harry with 39.4 average
Mayreau: Owen Isaacs with 28.2 average
Bequia: Orando Blugh with 26.8 average
Union Is: Stevon Taylor with 44.4 average
Overall Tournament MVP: from Union Island All-Stars: Stevon Taylor
Final Game MVP: Stevon Taylor