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Hon. Fraser calls for dedicated youth development fund August 17th, 2013 | Tags: Save The Seed Energy Centre Hon. Julian Fraser
Intermediate Basketball League Byron J. Hodge Milton McLean Colin Gunthrope BVI Basketball Federation
DUFFS BOTTOM, Tortola, VI – While stating emphatically once more that he would soon be taking a motion to the House of Assembly that no one can vote against, Third District Representative Hon. Julian Fraser, RA has charged that there needs to be a fund dedicated to the development of youth in the Virgin Islands (VI).
During the opening ceremony for the start of Julian Fraser’s Save the Seed Energy Centre Intermediate Basketball League, Hon. Fraser said, “The same way there is a fund dedicated to infrastructural maintenance and development, there should be a fund dedicated to the development of our youth,”to loud applause
He noted that governments try to assist where possible in ensuring that young people get the kind of assistance they can but [governments] cannot do it all. “This motion is for young people,” he said, “this is for youth affairs.”
Hon. Fraser expressed that youth development should be made a priority and should no longer continue to be given lip service. He said the Centre, which is located at Duffs Bottom, will be used to ensure that all that is possible will be done to develop the youths.
Earlier, Youth Pastor Colin A. Gunthrope, who represented Bishop John I. Cline during the ceremony, called on the youths to display qualities of abstraction and reciprocity and related that what they sow is what they were going to get out.
President of the BVI Basketball Federation, Mr Byron J. Hodge, assured that the league was sanctioned. “We look forward to big things from this league, I hope everybody takes team spirit as a main important ingredient into the league,”he said.
According to Hodge, sometime in mid-September a team from St Kitts is expected to arrive and he hoped that persons from the Intermediate League would be selected to participate against the visiting team.
Meanwhile, Mr Milton McLean issued the rules and expectations of players to those in attendance and said players would be disciplined when they fell afoul of the rules.
“We want to have a nice, smooth, fun league; that means players, coaches [and] fans have got to show good discipline, it’s all about fun,” McLean stated.
In the first two games played last night, Jr West Gunners prevailed against Swaggas 20-18 in the 9-12 years age group while Talk Done routed the West Gunners team 70-51 for victory in the Men’s game.
In today's game, Knight will face off against Da 3rd first up while Gilas will come up against On Top Ah Thing
Hon. Fraser said, “The same way there is a fund dedicated to infrastructural maintenance and development, there should be a fund dedicated to the development of our youth.”
President of the BVI Basketball Federation, Mr Byron J. Hodge, ssured that the league was sanctioned by the federation. Photo: VINO
Mr Milton McLean issued the rules and expectations of players to those in attendance and it was stated that players would be disciplined when they fell afoul of the rules. Photo: VINO
The League Is Now 3 Weeks Old And Everyone Is Singing It's Praises
Slew of double doubles keeps Gilas alive!
DUFFS BOTTOM, Tortola, VI - Billed by pundits as a do or die encounter, Gilas clawed their way to a 100-80 victory against Real Tool in the Hon. Julian Fraser Save The Seed National Intermediate League on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at the Save the Seed Gym.
Tyron Tyson, Louis Poblete and Brendon Smart were the men when it mattered most for Gilas who used a strong first quarter performance to grab a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish until just before the half way break. In fact Real Tool
would take the lead just twice in the game, late in the second period when they went ahead 43-42 and then early in the third when they sneaked into a 50-48 advantage.
Gilas then went into over drive using the next five minutes of the period to
outscore Real Tool 12 -8 and closed out the quarter 7 points ahead at 69-62.
The 4th quarter then became a rout as Gilas racked up 31 points to reach three figures in the final few seconds whilst Real Tool could only muster another 18.
Tyson finished with a double of 36 points and 15 rebounds, as did Brendon
Smart (26 and 21) and Louis Poblete (16 and 10). Vivian Smart added 10 points and 8 assists for the Gilas who record their first win of the campaign.
For Real Tool, Touche McLean scored 19 points with 9 rebounds, Caleb Leonard hit a double of 14 points and 14 rebounds and Pillon Etienne notched 16 points.
Earlier on Saturday in the 9-12 Division Young Gunners had romped into a 24-4 half time lead against Wet when the referees had no option but to call the game.
Wet only had seven players on the bench and the competition rules restrict
playing time for individuals, meaning a team needs eight players. No one is
allowed to play 3 consecutive full quarters.
D’Andre Penn and Ajai Frett had picked up eight points each for the Gunners.
As the Gym filled up with spectators Talk Done lived up to their name and beat On Top of Things (who clearly weren’t) 65-61.
Kevon “the left handed mumba” Lettsome top scored with 20 points and both Glenal Layne (16/13) and Clint Weston (14/15) notched doubles.
For On Top of Things Jamal Sergeant scored 16 and Deshawn Matthew 13.
The last game then saw Knights beat the Gunners 85-79 thanks largely to 32 points and 13 rebounds from Jevon Knights. Jeff Morris added 13, Keno Gumbs 10 and Eric Casey 9.
For the Gunners, Daslan Hodge scored 22, Kyle Abraham 16, Jamarli Jones 12nd Kamni O’Neal 7.
The previous day’s action saw Game Boyz beat Da 3rd, 89-64, with Shaq Fonseca's double of 29 points and 16 rebounds highlighting a comfortable win.
Nehassie Chalwell added 24 points, Roger Frank 19 and Khari Adams 10.
Da 3rd were led by 24 points from Kemron Grant and 18 from Rushawn Johnson.
Top Shottas also recorded big win, 71-59, over the College Boys. Tyron Donovan notched 22 points for Shottas whilst Benson Thomas hit 16 and Alliston Brewley doubled with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Ahley Ritter scored 20 for the College team, who also got 13 from Carlisle France.
Gilas stayed alive with their first win in 3, a 100-80 defeat of Real Tool, on
Saturday night. Photo credit: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
2 / 9: Louis Poblete scored 16 points with 10 rebounds to be one of three Gilas players to record doubles. Photo credit: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
3 / 9: Caleb Leonard doubled for Real Tool whilst Touche McLean scored 19 and Pillon Etienne 16. Photo credit: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
4 / 9: Scenes from the Hon. Julian Fraser Save The Seed National Intermediate League on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at the Save the Seed Gym. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO