St. Kitts too much for Wadadli All Stars

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Basketball city was near capacity on Sunday evening as the St. Kitts Amateur Basketball Association staged it’s grand launch and official opening ceremony for the Sprite/National Bank SKABA Basketball League 2006.

The event got started just after 5 p.m. with the team procession and march past and inspection of over 31 teams which was taken by the representatives of the sponsors, Mrs. Patricia Wilkinson of the St.Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank and Mr. I Kiethley Phillip of the St.Kitts Bottling Company. The ceremony was graced by the presence of Mr. Leroy Greene, Director of Sports who declared the league officially opened.

There were three games on the night including a 42-4 victory for the St. Kitts Junior select in there match-up against a Nevis Junior selection and a 47-44 win for the Cotton Ground Rebels from Nevis over last years “A” Division runners-up the Quakers.

The marquis game of the evening was game 3, which was billed as the “Big Basketball Bacchanal” as the St. Kitts SKABA All Stars played the Antigua OH 31 Naya Roberts All Stars.

Both teams featured select top players from both islands and was expected to be a very close encounter. However the St.Kitts All Stars totally obliterated their Antiguan counterparts in a one-sided yet exciting affair. The Antiguan All stars, which was led and coached by Antiguan basketball legend Richie Francis kept the Kittitian stars close trailing by just 4, 13-9, at the end of the 1st quarter.

The Sugar City ballers quickly opened there 4 point advantage to lead by 15 at the end of the first half 54-39. The 2nd half saw the floodgates bust wide open when the kittitians put on a basketball show when they literally ran circles around the Antiguans.

The Antiguan All Stars fell behind by 30 at the end of the 3rd quarter and by the end of the 4th the Antigua Oh 31 All Stars were left in the dust as they lost by a whopping 41 points, 109-68. Despite the huge margin of victory by the kittitians the game was still very exciting as young Dane Rawlins who leads the SKABA Junior League in points and rebounds had a spectacular 16 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists while teammates Marvin Davis, Rymal Browne, Nasharn Maynard and Levi “By-By” Fyfield had 13, 11, 12 and 10 points respectively for the Sugar City All Stars. Leading the way for the Antiguan OH 31 All Stars was Oslyn Gregory with 19 points, Kenworth James with 16 and Darren Jeanville with 11 points and 6 rebounds.

This is the second year in a row that we have been able to invite oversees teams for our opening day event and we have been successful on both occasions both on and off the field, said Vice President Wallis Wilkin. The Antiguans were not nearly as competitive as we thought and whether this speaks well about our standard of play or it just simply means that the Antiguan team wasn’t what they were billed to be is still uncertain, the Vice President continued.

The Antiguan team featured national players including Oslyn Gregory, Darren Jeanville and Antiguan Basketball Legend Richie Francis.

“Our team missed a key player in Mario Davis who was unable to make the trip,” said Darren Jeanville of the Antiguan All Stars. Davis has been the leading scorer for the Antiguan national team for much of the past 3-4 years.

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