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Overseas-based players dominate basketball’s top flight awards


Neto Baptiste

USA’s Central Basketball Association players
dominated the recently held Antigua and Barbuda Amateur Basketball Association
(ABABA) awards ceremony, walking away with the top individual prizes in the
league’s highest division.

Joshua Minner and Jermaine Bolden, both
representing league and playoff champions, F&G Trading Cuties Ovals Ojays,
were joint winners of the Noel “Nyah” Roberts Playoffs MVP accolade, while
Minner walked away with the Wayne Harris League MVP prize.

There were more prizes for both Minner and
Bolden as Minner also captured the Richie Francis Leading Scorer prize while
Bolden was awarded the Eustace Davis prize for the most steals.

Another imported player, Moriba De Freitas of
Northside Stingerz, won the Andy Christian Leading Rebounds accolade. De
Fraitas is not a CBA player. The Rowan T. Gomes Leading Blocks award went to Jamaul Williams of Hometech Systems
Outlaws, while coach of the championship team, Bradbury Browne, won the Elijah Armstrong Coach of the Year award.

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Meanwhile in Division Two, Javon Simon of champions Police Vertex
was named MVP of the playoffs with the league honours going to Lincoln Weekes of Ottos Coolers. Coach
of the year was Adonis “Naba” Henry.

In other individual awards, Deandre Punter of Vertex won the
accolade for the most blocks, the award for the most steals was stolen by Kedar Clarke of Old Road Daggers, Buell Henry of Global Hawks snatched
the prize for the most rebounds, while Danny
had the most assists, and Simon was the leading scorer. Police Vertex
were playoff champions while Ottos Coolers captured the league title.

In Division Three, Te-Ran Zachariah of Wadadli Elite and Ralph Spooner of Fearless Crew were named playoffs and league MVPs
respectively. Elite’s Irwyn “Wanga”
, was named coach of the year.

Zachariah also copped the leading steals and
most rebounds prizes, while Jahmarie
of All Saints Slam won the award for the most blocks, Shawn Thomas of Max Fernandez Gunners
had the most assists, and Anjis Anthony
of All Saints Slam was the top scorer.

The awards ceremony was held at the Sir Vivian
Richards Cricket Ground and featured remarks by Minister of Sports, Daryll Matthew and head of the National
Olympic Association, EP Chet Greene.

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