The 2014 V.I. Jaguars Basketball Team
2015 Small Fry Paradise Showdown March 13 - 15, 2015
46th Annual Small Fry International Basketball tournament
The 2015 VI Jaguars Basketball Team
In a unique crosstown title matchup, Ponce Constancia won its fourth championship with a 42-39 decision over Ponce Lomas, as Sebastian Lezcano hit a trio of threes to lead the way with 15 points. Fernando Gonzalez topped Lomas with 14 points.
Marquette Best toppled Robert Taylor in an all-Windy City third-place matchup and Chi-Town NBN claimed the consolation championship. Longtime officer Moe Reed had his name attached to the Friendship Tournament (won by BNB Outlawz) and first-time participant Colombia, South America earned the Friendship Sportsmanship Award.
The VI Jaguars upset the solo Pirates from Chicago, 48-43, in their first international tournament game. The Pirates were last year's champions. The Jaguars lost to Ponce Lomas of Puerto Rico, who advanced to the championship. St. Thomas lost the game, 40-32, and lost to ABB from Puerto Rico, 63-59. In the seventh-place game, the Jaguars won the game with a 46-22 victory against Chicago Heights. Some of the younger players, such as Nekwante Sprauve and Khamani Olivacca, scored in the final game. Overall, team captain Jourdyn Rawlins scored 61 points and added 29 points, 20 steals, five blocked shots and 13 assists in the tournament.
Shakeem Sackey had 30 points and six steals while Jahsief Benjamin had 39 points, 22 rebounds, eight assists and seven steals. Zayd Brannigan had 26 points, 23 rebounds, eight assists, and eight assists, and De'Shamoi Greaves had 38 points and eight steals. The Tournament concludes today with the final games. Overall the VI Jaguars placed seventh at the tournament.
The tournament featured teams from the US, Caribbean, and Columbia. Meanwhile, the Positive Guidance team from St. Croix did not advance to the international tournament but instead played in a consolation bracket.
2014 Small Fry Paradise Showdown March 28 - 30, 2014
NBE would like to congratulate the V.I. Jaguars for winning the 2014 Puerto Rico Invitational. They walked away with an undefeated record of 4-0 which included the win in the championship game in overtime.
2014 Puerto Rico Invitational January 14, 2014
2015 St. Croix Small Fry Basketball Tournament Results
2015 Small Fry International Basketball Tournament Results
The VI Jaguars won the 2015 Positive Guidance Tournament. The Jaguars won all five of its games. In game one, Jourdyn Rawlins scored 14 points, with 5 assists. His teammate, Jahsief Benjamin, scored 10 points. In the second game, Zayd Brannigan had 13 points and Benjamin scored 8 points. By the third game, Rawlins scored 23 points, Benjamin 9 points, and Jaalen Roberts 10 points. In game four, De'Shamoi Greaves had 16 points, with 6 steals. His teammate, Roberto Tapia scored 9 points. In the final game, Jahsheem Dawson had 18 points, JahFari Samuel had 12 points, and Khamani Olivacce had seven points.
The V.I. Jaguars competed in the 2014 Small Fry International Basketball tournament. Held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. The V.I. Jaguars competed against teams from Puerto Rico, Philadelphia, and St. Croix. The players exhibited strong character, determination, and sportsmanship throughout the entire tournament. The team represented the United States Virgin Islands very well.
The team visited Walt Disney World and interacted with other players from the United States and Puerto Rico. The team gained invaluable game experience against some of the best talents in the game. The team worked hard over the last seven months. Learning game strategies and improved individual skills. Appreciation of the necessity of hard work, preparedness, and execution were instilled in each participant. With five returning players expected on next year’s squad, the coaching staff is confident and excited about the team’s prospects in 2015.
NBE would like to congratulate the Marquette Best Small Fry Basketball Team. They won the 2014 Small Fry Paradise Showdown. Jeremiah Washington was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP). The Sportsmanship Award went to Noah Trotman. He played for the Postive Guidance Basketball Team.