The Virgin Islands Jaguars placed third in the 2016 Small Fry Puerto Rico Invitational. In game 1 against Torrimar, the Jaguars won 45-40. De'Shamoi Greaves was the lead scorer with 16 points, 4 steals, and 2 assists. Jah'Fari Samuel added 12 points and 3 steals.
In the second game, the Jaguars defeated CIAPR, 22-11, with 9 players scoring to work the victory on teamwork. The Jaguars lost to ABB Bayamon 50-17.
After taking second place in pool play, the Jaguars went on to defeat Bucaplaa 40-35 in overtime. Jah'Fari Samuel led the team with 13 points and 5 rebounds. De'Shamoi Greaves contributed 7 rebounds and 8 points.
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The St. Thomas Virgin Islands Jaguars youth basketball team won the 2016 Small Fry tournament Sunday on St. Croix, knocking off the host Positive Guidance team in the finals. The tournament was held at the St. Croix's Central High School. The Jaguars went 3-0 in the tournament, topping Omega, 32-22, and then beat the Positive Guidance team, 35-15.
In the finals rematch, the Jaguars topped their St. Croix rivals, 30-17. The tournament's MVP Jah'Fari Samuel scored twenty points. Also for the Jaguars, D'shamoi Greaves had six rebounds in the finals. Khamani Olivacee and Nekwante Sprauve had four assists Sprauve had blocked shots. Willis Pinney Ill led the team with four steals and also six points.
Below are pictures from the 2015 Small Fry International Tournament featuring the VI Jaguars of Saint Thomas, April 6, 2015
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.
The VI Jaguars once again traveled to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida to compete in the International Small Fry Basketball Championships. The VI Jaguars competed against teams from Puerto Rico and Philadelphia, as well as St. Croix. The players exhibited strong character, determination, and sportsmanship throughout the entire tournament, representing St. Thomas and the 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 talent 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 was 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.
The St. Thomas VI Jaguars won the 2015 Positive Guidance Small Fry Tournament which was held at the St. Croix Central High School Gym. 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.
Caribbean Rose, Inc. would like to congratulate the 2013 VI Jaguars on their International Consolation Championship in the Small Fry International Championship Tournament at Walt Disney's Wide World of Sports, April 1-4, 2013. The Jaguars defeated Glenbrook by a score of 56-31.
The Jaguars won 4 of its 5 games throughout the week and earned a top 5 international ranking. In addition to the International Consolation crown, the Jaguars were awarded the Sportsmanship Award.
Caribbean Rose, Inc. would like to congratulate two of the Virgin Islands Jaguars Basketball Team players: Anthony Joseph and Jah'Fari Samuel. Both displayed good performance and came in second place in the Three-Point Shooting Contest and in the Free-Throw Shooting Contest (respectively) at the 48th Annual Small Fry International Tournament on Thursday, April 7, 2016, taken place in Orlando Florida.
In Game 13 of the tournament, the Virgin Islands Jaguars Basketball Team defeated Columbia with the score 58-26. Eleven different scorers keyed the effort for the Jaguars, including double-digit leaders De'Shamoi Greaves (15 points), Jah’Fari Samuel (10 points), and Devante Callwood (10 points). Michael Ramirez tallied 10 points to lead Columbia.
In Game 19 of the tournament, the Jaguars Basketball Team defeated Bayamon B team, 52-33. The Jaguars secured down to allow just eight second half points. They were led by De'Shamoi Greaves with an outstanding 27 points and Khamani Olivacee with 11 points. To spark Bayamon B, Marcos Otero tallied 10 points and Paola Perez 9 points.
Unfortunately, Florida defeated VI Jaguars, 58-46, in Game 3. Florida vaulted to a 34-14 halftime command and coasted behind 16 points from Joshy Blazquez and 10 markers by Sebastian Orama. Jah'Fari Samuel tallied 14 points and De'Shamoi Greaves added 11 points for the VI Jaguars.
The VI Jaguars bounced back from their loss and defeated the Avalon Runners, 60-36, in Game 7. St. Thomas limited the Runners to 12 fourth-quarter points and had three double-digit scorers in De'Shamoi Greaves (21), Jah'Fari Samuel (14), and Khamani Olivacee (10). The Runners got 12 points from Jherrone Jones and 11 points from Toryn Parks-Bay.
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