Union Island takes Grenadines Hoops Championship
May 25, 2007
Union Island takes Grenadines Hoops Championship

Union Island emerged victorious in the fifth annual Grenadines Hoops Championship, defeating Carriacou United 69 TO 58, who made their premier appearance in the Finals.

The tournament hosted and financed by te Bequia Basketball Association, and part sponsored by Hairoun Duna Water, came to a conclusion in Bequia on Sunday May 20th at the Clive Tannis Hard Court.{{more}}

Philmon Taylor was explosive and led the Union Island former Grenadines Champs in a close game netting 18 points and 3 assists, while Kennrick Gay of Carriacou contributed 19. In the award presentation, team- mate Steven Taylor was awarded team mvp for Union, leading his squad in outstanding performance in five games.

The overall tournament MVP with the most impressive statistics for the second consecutive year was Owen Isaacs of the Mayreau Kings (photo left), who was also adjudged most rebounds and most blocks, despite his team placing in the basement position of the Championships.

Semi final games saw Carriacou United defeat defending champions Tommy Hilfiger Mustique Icon to move on to the finals to contest Union Island, who in turn defeated the Bequia All-Stars in that semi final match up. The Bequia All-Stars, led by centre Craiglee Sam defeated Mustique to capture the Third Place consolation spot, 68 to 51.

Individual players were recognized for their performance as follows: Damian Harry of Canouan was his team’s MVP, also capturing the most points trophy with 159 in 5 games! Lindon Garrick of Tommy Hilfiger Mustique Icon was his team’s MVP, while Craiglee Sam and Nealon Cox took the team MVP awards for

the Bequia All-Stars and Carriacou United respectively. Nealon Clouden, also of Carriacou was awarded most steals trophy with 16 in 5 games, while Keon McFee of the Bequia All-Stars had the most assists with 12 in 5 games.

The trophies, courtesy of Adonal Foyle of Canouan who plays with the Golden State Warriors, were presented by Hon. Loraine Friday and Hon. Terrance Ollivierre, Northern and Southern Grenadines Parliamentary representatives respectively, as well as Bequia Basketball President, Ms Sabrina Mitchell, who is a member of the central board in the international parent body, Fiba America, and the regional Secretary-General, Caribbean Basketball.

The tournament was sponsored also by the Frangipani Hotel, Grenadines Airways, Wind & Sea Ltd., and Tamarind Beach Hotel.


First Round:

6th place: Mayreau Kings with 25 pts
5th place: Canouan Islanders with 30 pts
4th place: Bequia All-Stars with 35 pts
3rd place: Carriacou United with 40 pts
First round: 2nd place: Mustique Icon with 45 pts
First Round 1st place: Union Island All-Stars with 50 pts
-standings based on 10 pts for a win, 5 pts for a loss

TEAM MVP’s: best stats in 5 first round games

Mayreau Kings: Owen Isaacs (17.8 ppg, 16.2rpg, 1.4apg, 2.4 spg, 3.6bpg)
Canouan Islanders: Damian Harry: 33.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 0.8apg, 1.6spg, 0bpg)
Bequia All-Stars: Craiglee Sam (23.6 ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.2apg, 2 spg, 0.6blkspg)
Mustique: Lindon Garrick: (16. ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.4apg, 2.20spg, 1blkpg)
Union Island All-Stars: Stephen Taylor (16.2 ppg, 2.rpg, 2 apg, 2.8 spg, 0.4 bpg)
Carriacou: Nealon Cox (11.2ppg, 9.4rpg, 0.6apg, 1.4spg, .40bpg)

Overall Tournament MVP: OWEN ISAACS- best overall statistics

Most Points scored: Damian Harry (Canouan Islanders) with 169 pts in 5 games

Most Rebounds : Owen Isaacs (Mayreau Kings) with 81 rebounds in 5 games

Most Assists: Keon McFee (Bequia All-Stars) with 12 assists in 5 games

Most Blocks: Owen Isaacs (Mayreau Kings) with 18 blks in 5 games

Most Steals; Nealon Clouden (Carriacou) with 16 in 5 games


Third Place: Bequia All-Stars
Second Place: Carriacou

2007 Champions: Union Island All-Stars