The Digicel Grenadines Basketball Championship came to a close this past weekend at the Clive Tannis Hard Court in Bequia.
The Union Island All-Stars defeated the very disappointed Bequia All-Stars to win for the third consecutive year.
Bequia defeated Canouan by 2 points in a close semi final match on Friday night to make it to the finals, but just did not come out with their usual high energy for the finals on Saturday.
None of the big scoring guns for Bequia had their game face on, and Union Island, who led for most of the game, won an easy final!
The Canouan Islanders easily defeated Mayreau to take the Third place position. Despite this third place ranking Canouan took most of the individual awards: Power Forward Warrican Myers had very impressive statistics and was adjudged the Overall Tournament MVP, and the Team Canouan MVP, as well as the most points, most rebounds and most blocks awards, with 119, 99 and 15 respectively in 6 first round games!
Bequia All-stars Captain Kelan Edwards had the most steals award, while Union’s Kenny Alexander took the most Assists award.
Young Dario Glasgow of Union was adjudged his team’s MVP, while veteran shooter Keithroy Lavia of Bequia was Bequia’s MVP. Rookie Nemiah Alexander was Mayreau’s MVP!
Trophies and awards were presented following the Saturday night Finals, following an address by Tournament Co-ordiantor, also SVG Sporting Ambassador, Sabrina Mitchell. Mitchell thanked the sponsors of the Tournament, specifically Digicel, John Clark of Canouan, Jaden Sun, Wind n Sea, CCA Ltd, Canouan Resorts, Tamarind Beach Hotel, Frangipani Hotel and MASA Emergency Services.
She made mention of the great expense of the short tournament due to the distances to travel, but stressed the importance of such an event, which showcases the sporting talent of the Grenadines players, who rarely get an opportunity to play in any National forum.
She expressed her appreciation of Roseman Adams of Union and Rohan Henry of Canouan who do both the administration of the tournament in their respective islands, and assist very competently with the overall running of the event.
Madam President also gave a special mention of the tenacity of the Mayreau team who played with great effort throughout the tournament, and never gave up.
Despite coming from a very small island with a small talent pool, they played a high level ofbasketball and brought a level of great sportsmanship to the event, which is well recognised!
She concluded her address thanking all of the players for a wonderful competition of quality basketball and mentioned that the 2016 tournament will be shifted to the month of May next year.