The VI Jaguars returned from the 2017 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.
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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.
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