The Paradise Showdown's defending champs, Chicago’s Marquette Best, once again took first place, remaining undefeated in the six-team round robin event held this weekend at Ivanna Eudora Kean. The Virgin Islands Jaguars took Second Place. Other participating teams included St. Croix's Positive Guidance, and Toa Baja, Caguas Libac, and CIAPR from Puerto Rico.
The VI Jaguars charged the boards and applied a staunch defense to Puerto Rico's highest ranked team, Toa Baja. Forced turnovers and hot three-point shooting by the Marquette Best team contributed to their victory over the VI Jaguars. The Chicago team was led by Nick Owens who took command of the floor with assists and scoring. He was named the tournament Most Valuable Player (MVP) for his outstanding performance.
The VI Jaguars had a resilient effort from JahFari Samuel and DeShamoi Greaves in both scoring and rebounding. Other teammates, K'hamani Olivacce and Nekwante Sprauve, broke down opposing defenses with their robust passing and penetration to aid in the Jaguars gaining second place.
Front Row (left to right): Tazhaun Donadelle, Jah'fari Samuel, Mackai Smith, Nekwante Sprauve, Rekai Pinney, Devante Callwood, Anthony Joseph, Khamani Olivacce.
Back Row (left to right): Coach Fred Kopko, De'Shamoi Greaves, Willis Pinney, Keith Gruel(EM), Roberto Tapia,Nykebo Warner, Jahkeem Sackey, Coach Wayne Harvey.
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.
The VI 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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Caribbean Rose would like to congratulate two VI Jaguars 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,
In Game 13 of the tournament, the VI Jaguars 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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