The VI Jaguars returned from the 49TH Annual Small Fry International Tournament held at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex with some notable accomplishments.
The team won their first game against Florida to advance to the 24 team International Varsity bracket. Fifty teams arrived in Orlando for the 2017 tournament from across the United States, Puerto Rico and Columbia. The VI Jaguars completed the tournament with a 15th place finish and defeated a Chicago team along the way. Veterans Devonte Callwood, Khamani Olivacee and Nekwante Sprauve led the way, with Elijah Peltiner being the standout on defense.
This year a VI player won the annual three-point trophy. Tazhaun Donadelle, advanced through to the finals with sharp shooting from the 3-pt stripe to beat all competitors from the other 50 teams.
The entire VI coaching staff is proud of the hard work and improvement of the team since it began practices in September of 2016. Commitment, teamwork, and understanding opposing offensive and defensive strategies were stressed to the players all season. In its sixth consecutive year, the program has provided instruction to close to 100 children from the territory.
Front Row (left to right): Elijah Peltier, A'Jai Thomas, Devante Callwood, Khamani Olivacee, Vern C’Kai Frett, and Jermaine Sealey
Middle Row (left to right): Tazhaun Donadelle, Tiquori Boatswain, K'Hani Turnbull, Imran Charles Jr., Nekwante Sprauve , Tasheem Fleming, Nykebo Warner, David Rogers Jr.
The Chicago Marquette Best Small Fry Basketball team won the 6th Annual Small Fry Paradise Showdown. They narrowly defeated the VI Jaguars for the title. The St. Croix/Tortola All-Stars took third place. Teams from Chicago, Tortola, and the US Virgin Islands competed in the tournament.
The VI Jaguars will host the 6th Annual Virgin Island Small Fry Paradise Showdown this Friday, March 24, 2017, through Sunday, March 26, 2017, at the Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School. Teams from Chicago and St. Croix will compete in the tournament. Admission is free. Concessions will be on sale.
2017 Small Fry Paradise Showdown Schedule
Friday, March 24, 2017 - 6:00 pm
VI Jaguars vs St. Croix Positive Guidance
Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 10:00 am
St. Croix Positive Guidance vs Chicago Best
Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 1:00 pm
VI Jaguars vs Chicago Best
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Games to be announced.
The VI Jaguars won the 2017 Positive Guidance Tournament. The Jaguars were undefeated, taking home the first place trophy. Leading the Jaguars were Khamani Olivacee with 25 points and Nekwante Sprauve with 24 points in the three games. Devante Callwood and Khani Turnbull contributed 10 and 9 rebounds respectively.
The VI Jaguars competed in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico for the 2017 Puerto Rico Invitational. Here are some highlights of the event:
- They returned with a 4-1 record, losing only to Rexville BC by one point on a buzzer shot.
- The Jaguars defeated:
- Bucapalaa 41-30
- Naranjito 49-24
- Caguas Libac 35-19
- CIAPR 35-28
- Imran Charles led the Jaguars with 43 points and 30 rebounds for the tournament.
- Nekwante Sprauve contributed 25 points and Khamani Olivacee 26 points overall.
The VI Jaguars will host the Virgin Island Paradise Showdown the weekend of March 24, 2017, at the Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School, with teams participating from Chicago, St. Croix, and Puerto Rico. In April, they will be traveling to Orlando, Florida to compete in the 49th International Small Fry Basketball Tournament.
The VI Jaguars recently played a reunion game featuring past and present players. The Small Fry Reunion game took place at the Audie Henneman Gymnasium at the Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School on Saturday, February 25, 2017.
Players in attendance are Jahfari Samuel, Tremoi Martin, Raekoi Evans, Jaleen Roberts, Jeremiah James, Kimmo Emmanuel, Jahseem Dawson, Andy Thompson, Jahsief Benjamin, Elijah McCoy, DeShamoi Bridgewater Greaves, and Divyesh Gurnani
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