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.
The Marquette Best Basketball Team out of Chicago won the 2015 Small Fry Paradise Showdown. The team toppled the Positive Guidance Basketball Team 47-45 on Sunday morning to wrap up the title. Nick Owens scored 14 points for Marquette Best. Darryl Thornton and Amir Matthew added eight points. Rayjon Ali scored 18 points, Kmani Bruce had eight points for Positive Guidance. DeMarco Minor earned tournament MVP Honors for Marquette Best, which finished 4-0 at the tournament.
Ahijaa Sweeney of Positive Guidance earned the sportsmanship award. The tournament was hosted by Caribbean Rose. After the Jaguars lost to Positive Guidance on Friday, the Jaguars obtained revenge on their VI counterparts on Sunday, winning 37 - 17. Jahsief Benjamin scored 15 points. Jourdyn Rawlins scored 9 points for the VI Jaguars in the rematch. Marquette Best topped the Jaguars 40-34 in Saturday's featured game with Minors and Carion Weathers scored 14 points each.
De’Shamoi Greaves, for the Jaguars, had 12 points leading the way. In Friday’s game, Positive Guidance won over the Jaguars 37 - 31. Jahmai Jones, for Positive Guidance, was the leading scorer with 13 points. Ali Scored 13 points Saturday in a 53-32 win over Tortola. The other teams to compete over the weekend were Bertha C. Boschulte and Tortola.
Caribbean Rose would like to congratulate the Marquette Best Small Fry Basketball team. They won the 2014 Small Fry Paradise Showdown. Jeramiah Washington was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP). The Sportsmanship Award went to Noah Trotman. He plays for the Postive Guidance team.
The Chicago Marquette Best Small Fry Basketball Team won the 6th Annual Small Fry Paradise Showdown. They narrowly defeated the VI Jaguars Basketball Team 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 Basketball Team 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.
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