The St. John’s under 20 Parish Basketball team, is the 2017 champion for the under 20 parish league, hosted by the Nevis Amateur Basketball Association (NABA).
The two teams competing in the best of three finals, were the St. Paul’s team and the St. John’s team and both teams were tied one game-all, in the best of three final series.
The third and final game was played on the evening of Tuesday 18th April, at the Brown Hill hard court.
The game was keenly contested and the scores were very close throughout, except for the third quarter, when the St. Paul’s team apparently went to sleep and only scored 7 points to St. John’s 17.
However, up to the final quarter they were within shooting range of equalizing but in the final three minutes of the game, some crucial blunders on their part, were decisive to the eventual outcome, as the St. John’s players capitalized, to sink a few crucial two pointers.
Final score: St. John’s Parish 45 St. Paul’s Parish 39
St. Johns Parish 45 St. Paul’s Parish 39
First quarter St. John 13 St. Paul 11
Second quarter St. Paul 8 St. John 5
Third quarter St. John 17 St. Paul 7
Fourth quarter St. Paul 13 St. John 10
Half time score 19 -18 in favor of St. Paul’s Parish
St. John’s Parish 45 points
Gassano Barry 20poi 20reb 1ass 4ste 1b/s 3turnovers 4 of 10 free throw made
Kareem Parry 15poi 9reb 1ass 6ste 3turnover 7 of 11 free throw made
Dicquane Gerald 3poi 5reb 2ass 4ste 3b/s 3turnovers 1 of 2 free throw made
St. Paul’s Parish 39 points
Thabiti Abrams 14poi 12reb 3ass 4ste 3turnovers 2 of 4 free throw made
Zakeese Smith 4poi 10reb 3ass 5ste 1turnover 0 of 3 free throw
Azaan Liburd 10poi 5reb 1ass 1ste 2turnovers 0 of 2 free throw
St. John’s Parish is therefore the NABA 2017 16 – 20 Champions.
St. Paul’s Parish is Second place
St. Thomas Parish is third place
Meanwhile, prior to last evening, the St. George’s Parish team seized championship honours in the under 16 tournament, which was played simultaneously with the 16 to 20 tournament and St. Thomas’ Parish placed second.