Cronics smoke impressive group in Albouystown
– Moses, Jefford Pacesetters also advance
By Edison Jefford
This might be the kind of competition for players like Ryan ‘Showtime’ Melville; players, who are largely considered ‘scrubby’ players, but whom also, have a level of finesse to force pundits to take them seriously whenever they consider holding basketball.
A strange, but understandable, phenomenon is developing in the Mackeson Smooth Moves 3-on-3 Basketball Competition that is leading analysts to believe that the best theoretical compositions might not be the best practical teams in the nationwide tournament.
The Independence Boulevard Basketball Court in Albouystown provided what was a near perfect case-study when the tournament continued Wednesday night. The now famous ‘ghetto’ Mecca of local basketball hosted six top teams among hundreds of supporters.
Scores of patrons thronged the court to witness what has easily become the sport’s most lucrative tournament,
which brought, as an incentive for the community, the enhancement of the court that is home to the successful Albouystown/Charlestown Inter-Ward team.
On paper, Nets seemed to be the team to beat, boasting Division I players, Pelham Doris, Triston Tulloch and Drumson McCulley, but in reality, their participation in the tournament was quickly reduced to a life-saving battle to secure a place in the second round.
As fate would have it, Nets and Jefford Pacesetters faced-off in a sudden-death shootout to decide who will join Cronics and Moses Pacesetters in the next round. Doris missed his attempt as Elton Jefford Jr. of Jefford’s Pacesetters buried his shot to seal Nets’ coffin.
Nets joined the other big theoretical compositions that exited the competition in the first round. It is no wonder that the floodgates of the inaugural $1m first place prize or trip to the NBA All-Star Final-tournament have been hit wide open. It has become anybody’s tournament.
Cronics proved this fact to be true; Melville, who is known in the streets as a ‘scrubby’ king, was a major part of the offensive plan. Up until their last game, Wednesday night, Cronics had played unbeaten in the group. Nets beat them 21-14 in the final game of the night.
Before the defeat, which gave Nets a lifeline, prior to Doris’s free-throw mess, Cronics won 11-5 against Steelers; 12-6 against Jefford Pacesetters; 7-6 against Bounty Colts ‘C’ following sudden death shootout and 11-9 against Moses Pacesetters to finish with four points.
Melville guarded the ball with his life, literally, dishing the occasional assist to Earl O’Neil in the paint or Joel Loncke on either parameter wings. Melville understood his role and was happy with dismantling the opposing defence with his usual smooth Showtime moves.
Moses Pacesetters was another of the easy qualifiers in the group. Reyon Cummings’ shooting is one of the reasons the team is through to the next round. Cummings lit up the Albouystown Court in a classical display of sharp-shooting that also handed his team four wins.
Moses Pacesetters defeated Nets 10-9; Bounty Colts ‘C’ 17-10; Steelers 21-15 before one of the showdowns of the night went down against club-mates, Jefford Pacesetters. Moses Pacesetters eventually won 18-17 in sudden-death shootout after the game was tied on 17 points in regular time.
Jermaine Hamilton had equalised for Jefford Pacesetters after Derwin George scored to bring the team within one-point of Moses Pacesetters with 10 seconds left in regulation time. Hamilton put his team in contention for the win, but Jefford missed the team’s sudden-death free-throw attempt to lose the game.
Jefford made up for the blunder in the do-or-die shootout situation against Nets when the former junior national player buried his attempt to send Nets packing. Jefford Pacesetters had won 16-9 against Bounty Colts ‘C’; 21-14 against Steelers and 12-11 versus Nets.
The three teams that advanced from the group included Cronics, Moses Pacesetters and Jefford Pacesetters while in Linden, Unknowns and Jets reached the next round. The competition will be continuing in Linden today and Georgetown tomorrow at the Burnham Basketball Court.
Albouystown youths torment pensioner
…police refuse to help
Desmond Pompey, a pensioner of Albouystown, says that for the past three years some youngsters in his neighbourhood have been destroying and stealing his belongings and that he is helpless despite making many reports to the Ruimveldt Police Station.
The elderly technician told this publication that he is fed up. There is a gang of almost 15 young men, some in their early twenties while most of them are still teenagers, who have a penchant for making other people’s lives miserable by making all their hard work go down the drain.
The man’s car which is usually parked across the road from his house is a hangout for the village gang members, Pompey said. He added that they would sit on his car for hours and would curse at him if he objects to their treatment of his vehicle.
Pompey told Kaieteur News that the situation has got so out of control that he cannot keep making excuses that these boys might one day change for the better. Instead, they have all began to get worse.
Things now are such that he has to be scared for his life.
The man related that he has suffered much because of these boys and that he is not prepared to lose anymore. He said that his loses amounted to nearly $1M in the past two and a half years.
The man explained that one of the boys was once arrested and two gallons diesels as well as two truck batteries had been retrieved, however the young man was later released and that was the end of that matter.
The following night, as a method of getting revenge the boys allegedly “stabbed” the man’s car tyres several times before “lashing” his car down, damaging the said vehicle.
As if that was not enough, the boys apparently tried to break into Pompey’s car.
The distraught man said that he is still unable to replace the stolen items or repair his car. Pompey said that he has been taking the entire situation lightly but cannot anymore as now they have stolen his tools on which he depends to feed himself and the other nine members of his family.
The displeased man pointed out that when he reported the matter to the Ruimveldt Police Station, he was asked to gather evidence and then return to make the complaint.
“I want know if when I go there I am supposed to do them job” queered the man.
Police issue bulletin for Albouystown resident
Police have issued a bulletin for Gary Anthony Rodrigues who is wanted for questioning in relation to Trafficking in Narcotics.
According to the police, Rodrigues is 42 years old, brown in complexion, medium built and his last known address is Lot 22 Hill Street, Albouystown.
Anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of Gary Anthony Rodrigues is asked to contact the police on telephone numbers: 226-7065, 227-1149, 226-2870, 225-8196, 225-6411, 225-1111, 911 or the nearest police station.
All information will be treated with strict confidence
Man shot in Albouystown after altercation
Gunshots rang at the corner of James and Hunter Streets, Albouystown yesterday after a lone gunman shot Neshak Bazilio in the chest and escaped.
The injured Bazilio was rushed to Woodlands Hospital where he was admitted.
According to reports, Neshak Bazilio, who was travelling in Toyota Corolla HA, 7638 with his girlfriend, stopped in James Street Albouystown around 17:00 hrs, and after having a conversation with a man at the corner, an altercation ensued over money.
Bazilio reportedly overpowered the man on the corner, and another man on a black motorcycle without number plates rolled up and told the man on the ground to shoot Bazilio. “Boy you taking beat up?”
Then Bazillio jumped into the hire car and the man on the ground who was armed, discharged several rounds after the departing vehicle, shattering the rear windscreen.
However, after the car sped off the scene and proceeded west on James Street, the driver of HA7638 was caught in traffic and stopped at the junction of James and Hunter Streets, Albouystown. The gunman then jumped on the motorcycle as the pillion rider, to give chase and eventually cornered Bazilio where the car had stopped. The man then shot Bazilio in the chest when he exited the vehicle.
Sources disclosed that the men had an altercation over money that was derived from a robbery that both men were a part of. However, there was not an equal share which caused the confrontation.
Albouystown man says police refuse to help him
…as vandals shatter his windscreen
Desmond Pompey of 23 Hill Street, Albouystown, has criticized actions by officers of Ruimveldt Police Station for failing to assist him in recovering his losses which he suffered as a result of malicious actions by a group of youngsters who reside in Albouystown.
Pompey said that due to lack of space in his yard he has two vehicles parked outside his property a car and a truck. “For many years I park my vehicle outside there; nobody don’t trouble it.
“Now they have some indisciplined young men that are bullies. They sit on my car top and when I talk to them they don’t want to come off. They telling me to call the police.”
A few days ago Pompey lost the back door of his truck. He also discovered that someone had punctured all four wheels of his car and shattered the windscreen of his truck while they were reportedly parked in front of his house.
The victim told this publication that he was sitting in his chair some time around 9:00pm on Monday night when he heard a startling sound. He said that he rushed to his windows and saw no one and decided to go down stairs. Then he learnt that it was the windscreen of his truck that was shattered.
The man said when he asked someone who was on the road at the time to explain what transpired, the person told him that he was not sure but as soon as he heard the loud “boof” and looked around he saw a group of young men running from the vehicle.
According to the man he made several reports to the Ruimveldt Station but the police have refused to render assistance.
The man said in one instance an officer told him to look out for when the police pass in the vans and stop them and inform them of what is taking place and see if they can help. Pompey added that he was lucky to see the police van but when he told them about his situation they just ignored him.
When this news paper contacted the Ruimveldt Police Station, a female officer said that they are looking into the matter.
Youngster shot in Albouystown
Seventeen-year-old Jonathan Soodoo of 26 Hill Street, Albouystown, now a patient at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation was reportedly shot in his lower abdomen some time after 9:00pm on Monday night.
According to the victim, every afternoon he would normally hang out with his peers at the street corner in his neighbourhood. “We does jus lime and mek we lil jokes and suh; nothing much. Sometimes we talk till midnight,” said the wounded boy.
Soodoo said that on Monday he was hanging with his friends on Hill Street, not too far from his residence. He added that as time went by few of his friends went home. He eventually was among the last to leave for home.
The victim said on his way home a short boy of African descent approached him and demanded his possession.
Soodoo said that he refused to give the boy what he had. Subsequently, his assailant went to his waist and withdrew a gun and shot him.
Rain, damaged koker flood Wismar, Albouystown
Incessant rainfall and accompanying high tides have inundated many houses in and around Linden. Affected residents are bracing themselves, because the worse is yet to come, some have pointed out.
Some of the worst hit areas are Poker Street (Water Lily Road) and Second and Third Alleys, Wismar.
Surprisingly flood prone Silver City was relatively dry. But residents of that area said there is a reason for that as the nearby drains and creek were recently dug and cleared.
Residents on Poker Street are however calling on those in authority to do something about the koker, which they claimed is not functioning properly and should have been rehabilitated several years ago.
According to the residents they had been promised that the koker would have been rebuilt about ten years ago, but to date nothing has been done.
The result is that whenever there are periods of prolonged rainfall, many homes are flooded with the water that rushes down the hills and overflows the drains and creeks.
Any accompanying high tides usually exacerbate the situation.
A walk through the affected areas yesterday saw some persons bailing their homes, which in some cases were more than a foot under water, while others just looked on in frustration and resignation.
And in Georgetown,the residents of Hayley and Hardina Streets complained about excessive flooding.
They are now grumbling about their losses as a result of heavy rainfall.
“ I can’t even go to the shop to buy anything because I got to get a boat to reach across. I don’t want to send my kids because the water is dirty and I fear my child get sick,” said one concerned resident of Hayley Street.
Shop owners also claimed losses as the water destroyed goods left on the floor.
One resident said that for many years the drains have not been cleared.
While the rain is responsible for the floods in Halley and Hardina Streets, a disturbed resident complained that the Sussex Street koker was being left open and as such the salt water from Demerara River posed a serious dilemma in the Albouystown area.
One driver stated that he cannot conduct his normal afternoon activities since his entire surroundings is flooded as a result of salt water coming in from the Koker that was left open due to an employee’s negligence.
Albouystown house collapses
What started as a regular day for Savitri Ramdeen, yesterday, ended as one of the most frustrating and saddening days of her life, as the home she has known for the past forty-years, literally crumbled beneath her feet.
According to the 61-year-old woman, whose house is located at Lot 21 Hill Street, Albouystown, Georgetown, she was walking up her stairs at about 11:00 hrs and as her foot touched the fourth step, she heard a “crackling noise” and felt a slight tremor.
Ramdeen told this newspaper that she quickly turned around and rushed to the safety of the yard as she realized something was amiss. As the sound became louder she witnessed her entire house shifting to the right where it crumpled loudly as neighbours ran out of their homes to ascertain what was occurring.
When Kaieteur News arrived at the location which once held the old, wooden one-storey house, some boards were neatly packed in a corner while the building at an angle. Boards were broken and the house was badly damaged.
Ramdeen explained that though her home was not fully furnished, there were some ornaments and furniture which were broken along with kitchen utensils and some personal items.
She added that she was able to retrieve a little of her clothing while lamenting that she now has no place to sleep.
It was reported that the house belonged to Ramdeen’s parents who died many years ago and it was left to Ramdeen and her sister (who is now deceased).
The distraught woman admitted that she lived alone for the past two years, after her sister’s death, and was neither married nor mothered any children. She said that she was self-employed as a domestic until last year but she is now sickly and cannot work.
Ramdeen told this publication that she will be more than grateful for any form of assistance.
A source of employment for Albouystown youth
The allocating of a timber concession by the Guyana Forestry Commission to the True Vision Foundation sealed the future of many unemployed youths of South Georgetown, basically Albouystown.
Founder and chairman of True Vision Foundation Mr. Randolph Thorne is sure that about 100 unemployed youths in batches of 50 could benefit from long term employment and be given an opportunity to turn their lives around and break their vicious cycle of poverty.
We are not only cutting down trees; the organisation will also be involved in cropping of organic stuff, including cash crops, peanuts, pine apples and citrus. Charcoal burning will also be our focus so that no wasting of timber resources will be evident especially trees with holes.
Given our organisation’s long desire to proceed in the direction of production of forest products, so as to ease our dependency on government agencies, private sector and our local donors, the organisation is contemplating seeking partnership with donors who have an interest in assisting our community.
Albouystown is an inner-city in South Georgetown where unemployment is at its highest. Most of the unemployed youths are vulnerable, because they lack regular employment. These youths most times are suspects in urban crime. Because of their dilemma, they turn to gambling and drug trafficking as the only option for survival.
Our community also consists of a large number of unemployed female single parents, many of whom are victims of unreliable partners. With the acquisition of this forest concession, the True Vision Foundation firmly holds the view, with our priority being job creation, most of our unemployed youths could empower themselves financially.
Recruitment, training and orientation will be done at the True Vision Training Foundation Complex in Castello Housing Scheme, West La Penitence. A facility established in honour of His Royal Highness Prince Charles’ visit to Albouystown.
Albouystown man gunned down in car
A young Albouystown resident was gunned down in his car shortly before midnight yesterday.
Charles Caesar, also called Charles Percival David of Garnett Street, Albouystown, was found slumped in his white Toyota, PKK 6385, in Perry Street, Tucville, at around 23:30 hrs.
He was reportedly found by residents who had heard gunshots in the area.
Police said that the victim, who is in his twenties, bore suspected bullet wounds.
He was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation where doctors pronounced him dead.
Caesar’s body was positively identified shortly after midnight by a sister and two friends.
At press time today, police were still trying to ascertain the motive for the shooting.
He was the third person to be slain in two days.
On Saturday, Nandalall William, called Poodle, 52, died at the West Demerara Regional Hospital, hours after he was beaten with a piece of wood by his 24-year-old stepson.
And Suresh Bhola was knifed to death outside a popular bar in the village of Strathspey early yesterday morning.
Fifteen people have now been slain this month.
(See more details in tomorrow’s issue)
Albouystown vs. North b/ball game moves to January
– Afterschool Programme will definitely follow event
The much-anticipated ‘Night of the Champions’, which will bring together North Ruimveldt and Albouystown/Charlestown in a colossal grudge basketball game, has been moved to January and the exact date of the showdown will be known later this week.
Coordinator of the event, Robert Cadogan told Kaieteur Sport yesterday that the game, which is set to launch an Afterschool Basketball Programme, will be held earlier in January. Cadogan said that the busyness of the Christmas Season has changed the schedule.
Originally, the game was set for December 29, but Cadogan said that the corporate community has asked that the event move to January. Albouystown is the Mackeson national champions and North Ruimveldt is HJTV Georgetown Inter-Ward champions.
Before that colossal game, there will be a supporting game with Georgetown Veterans taking on Linden’s Veterans in the Stanislaus Hadmon memorial. The aim of the launch is symbolic in that is marks a transition from the past to the present and future.
HJTV, Wind Jammer International Hotel, Regal Stationary and Supplies, Curtains and Draperies Designs, Haynes Foundation and Trendsetter Auto and Electrical Spares are among the sponsors that are onboard the ‘Night of the Champions’ showdown.
Broad Street ‘B’, Albouystown ‘A’ reaches final
Broad Street ‘B’ and Albouystown ‘A’ registered contrasting victories in their respective semi-final matchups to make it to the final of the Guinness ‘Greatest in de Streets; Football Tournament which will climax on Saturday, at the National Park Tarmac.
In action on Tuesday evening, Broad Street beat favourites Alexander Village on sudden death penalty kicks after regulation time saw the teams deadlocked at 3-3, while Albouystown ‘A’ were comfortable 2-0 winners against West Front Road.
The two will clash for the top prize of $500,000 and a trophy with the loser set to receive $250,000 and a trophy.
West Front Road and Alexander Village will meet in the third place playoff for the $150,000 prize and a trophy with the loser to take home $100,000 and a trophy.
Saturday’s proceeding is expected to have three exhibition matches, the third place playoff starting at 21:00 hrs, a live performance by the Jamaican artiste RDX and the grand finals followed by presentation of prizes.
Patrons will be admitted free to the venue.
In semi-final results:
Game 1 Alexander Village and Broad Street ‘B’ drew 3-3 in regulation time, before the latter won on sudden-death penalties
Leon Yaw 11th min
Dellon Williams13th min
Shem Porter 37th min
Broad Street B
Rocky Gravesande 6th min
Sherwin Smith 9th min
Devon Adams 38th min
Game 2 West Front Road went down to Albouystown ‘A’ 0-2
Devon Small 32nd and 38 min
Albouystown men captured in Berbice house
– one had toy gun
Police on the West Coast of Berbice responded quickly and caught two men in a house on Sunday evening in Bush Lot. One was armed with a toy gun.
The police believe that the men who are known characters from Albuoystown, Georgetown, were about to commit a felony and are suspected to have committed a few others in the area recently.
Residents who were on the alert saw the suspects in a house and immediately summoned the police.
When questioned, the men stated that they were visiting a friend. They are in custody as investigation continues
Albouystown man refused bail for gun possession
Leonard Allicock, of Lot 43 James Street, Albouystown, was yesterday denied bail when he appeared before Magistrate Priya Beharry, at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.
Allicock pleaded not guilty to the charge of unlawful possession of firearm and matching ammunition.
It was alleged that on October 7, without being the holder of a valid firearm licence, Allicock had in his possession one .38 revolver.
Another charge stated that Allicock on the same day, without being the holder of a firearm license, had in his possession four matching rounds of ammunition.
Police Prosecutor Lionel Harvey told the court that on the day in question at approximately 00:20 hrs, police were on patrol in the area when they received certain information.
Harvey said that the police went to the scene and after seeing the patrol, Allicock started to run. He was pursued by the ranks and was later arrested.
Harvey stated that a search was carried out on Allicock, and the ammunition and firearm were discovered strapped to his pants waist.
The prosecutor said that Allicock was cautioned by the ranks and was later charged with the present offenses.
The prosecutor made the application for bail to be refused. He explained that new Act that governs firearm and ammunition does not stipulate for bail to be granted unless special reasons are proffered by the defence.
When asked by the Magistrate if he had anything to say, Allicock would only say that he was waiting for his lawyer. Attorney at law, Hubert Rodney, appeared minutes after the Magistrate had remanded him.
The Magistrate nevertheless allowed him to make a bail application. He told the court that his client was the father of three minor children.
The lawyer further told the court that his client is gainfully employed as a clothes vendor.
He noted that the ammunition and gun were not found in his client’s possession and to date, he noted the police couldn’t provide substantial evidence to show that the items were found on Allicock.
He said that during the raid, several persons were arrested but unfortunately, his client was the one to be charged for the possession of the articles.
Despite the lawyer’s quest for bail, the Magistrate stated that there was not sufficient evidence forcing her to grant bail. The matter will continue on Thursday for report and fixture.
Police conduct raids in Albouystown
Around mid-morning yesterday heavily armed ranks of the Guyana Police Force conducted raids at several locations in Albouystown.
During one of the raids at least six men were arrested. This newspaper was told that the men were arrested after they were found with small quantities of marijuana.
Reports are that this exercise is all a part of the police probe into the recent execution style killings. The police had, in a statement, noted that they will be stepping up their operation in and around the city.
Albouystown man found dead on pavement
Residents of Albouystown made a shocking discovery on Sunday morning after one of their residents was found lying dead on a pavement.
Shawn Wilkinson 39, of Lot 63 Hunter Street Albouystown, was found with blood oozing from his nose and ears by neigbhours.
After the discovery relatives rushed the man to the Georgetown Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival.
When Kaieteur News visited Wilkinson’s home yesterday a number of relatives had gathered there to give their sympathies to his mother, Louisa Wilkinson.
According to the woman, she had last seen her son at around 03:05 hrs on Sunday talking to a friend.
“I hear he coming in the yard making plenty noise…..and I wake up and I told him he always waking me up whenever I sleeping…” she explained.
The woman said her son came into the house and she went back to bed.
Approximately two hours later, a neighbour shouted to her, that her son was lying on the pavement bleeding.
Kaieteur News understands that the police found pools of blood in the victim’s yard, leading to where the body was discovered.
Mrs. Wilkinson disclosed that her son had been suffering from tuberculosis and was receiving treatment from the Georgetown Public Hospital.
According to the woman, up to Friday medical field workers had brought Wilkinson’s TB treatment for him.
Meanwhile a senior police official told this newspaper that Wilkinson’s death was not being treated as a murder, since his body bore no visible marks of violence.
However the police are still waiting for a post mortem report, which is expected to be carried out on Wednesday.
Wilkinson leaves to mourn a son, his mother, six brothers, three sisters and countless other relatives.
New charges for Albouystown murder suspects
Director of Public Prosecutions, Shalimar Ali-Hack, has reinstituted new murder charges against two persons accused of killing Wendell Tappin.
Initially charged with the murder were Leonard Allicock, his son Steve Allicock, and his brother Randolph Allicock.
Randolph Allicock, 35, of James Street, Albouystown, and Leonard Allicock, 48, also of James Street, were not required to plead to the indictable offence of murder, when the charge was read by Acting Chief Magistrate Melissa Robertson yesterday. It was alleged that on December 31, they killed Wendell Tappin.
Prosecutor Stephen Telford told the court that the DPP has withdrawn the charge against Steve Allicock, and reinstituted the new charge against the other men.
He asked for the matter to be reassigned to Court Three for the commencement of the preliminary inquiry. The matter was adjourned until June 23.
The two men are being represented by attorney at law Euclin Gomes.
Wendell Tappin, of 88 James Street, Albouystown, was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital on December 31, where he was pronounced dead following an altercation in Albouystown where he was stabbed and chopped about the body.
The man was allegedly was killed during an altercation over a cell phone battery.
‘Two Feet’ shoots ‘Sugar’-less Albouystown to big win
By Edison Jefford
Albouystown wanted to prove that they can win without ‘Dwayne ‘Sugar’ Roberts, and it took a huge miracle shot from just beyond the half-court mark with 1.6 seconds left in the game to significantly reduce ‘Sugar’s’ importance.
After Steve Neils Jr. tied the game with one of two free throws on the northern end, it did not look favourable for Albouystown heading to overtime. Kevin ‘Two Feet’ Joseph used his experience to maximise a second and six splits.
The pint-sized guest point guard out of Linden raced down the western line and launched his name into the record book after an open look. The big shot burst the bottom of the net and the entire Cliff Anderson Sports Hall erupted with amusement.
The buzzer-beating shot that was worth three points transformed the 58-58 score after the free shot from Neils to 61-58 in favour of Albouystown. It was sweet but yet ‘Sugar’-less reprisal for the Albouystown team on various levels.
Akeem ‘The Dream’ Kanhai scored 14 points and Rodwell ‘Kobe’ Fortune, Nicko Fraser and Alwyn Bellamy had 10 points apiece for Albouystown. Neils scored 16 points while Quincy Jones added nine points for the Celebrities.
‘Sugar’ had opted out of the last game against the tournament Celebrities-a team that was made up of all the outstanding players in the competition. His absence significantly made winning an impossibility in the biggest game of the event.
The forward from Linden, who, could be said, was responsible for building Albouystown’s team into the championship unit that it is, was snubbed for the tournament MVP that was handed to team-mate, Fortune instead.
Roberts was instrumental in getting both ‘Two Feet’ and ‘The Dream’ to join Albouystown for the Mackeson National Super Ward Championship, which proved a perfect combination for the event’s inaugural instalment.
He had also led Albouystown to five consecutive semi-finals of Georgetown’s Inter-ward Championship and based on reports that his team’s management had an input in the MVP decision, ‘Sugar’s’ opinion was that he is not necessary.
‘Sugar’s’ reaction was opting to not play the final game with his team, leaving a huge gap on both the offensive and defensive ends. However, from early indications in the game, it was clear that Albouystown wanted to win without him.
And so it came down to proving a point. First, Albouystown wanted to prove that ‘Sugar’ is not bigger than them by winning without him, and secondly, they wanted to remain the side to beat by going unbeaten even against an All-Star team.
It was well scripted. Albouystown started their campaign aggressively with Bellamy and Fraser obviously taking up the slack of Roberts in the forward positions. They did an excellent job in the opening quarter on defence.
While they were busy protecting the inside on one end, Fortune, Kanhai and Joseph were tormenting the Celebrities on offence. Albouystown looked the superior team that took an unprecedented seven wins on their road to the championship.
They closed the first quarter of the game 16-10, which they extended to 29-26 by the end of the second period even though the Celebrities had started to show the chemistry, which was clearly absent from the first period of the game.
The Celebrities had outscored Albouystown 16-13 in the second period and it was just an ideal statistic to motivate the tournament composition of outstanding players, who handed down a heavy blitz in the penultimate period with Neils firing.
The shooting guard landed back-to-back three-point jumpers with authority, jogging back with his hands still hoisted in the air and cocked like a rattle snake. It was the ‘Showtime’ game and I guess the time for showboating came too soon.
The Celebrities ended the third period ahead 51-39, and it looked as if a blow-out was the likely outcome for Albouystown as they were outscored 25 points to 10 in the period. But the last 10 minutes proved that the game was far from over.
Albouystown played a gruelling five minutes of smothering defence which forced second attempts and gave them offensive runs. The highlight was an up-and-under finish from an ever-improving Kanhai, which narrowed the margin of difference.
As the offensive and defensive battles continued Albouystown took a 58-57 points lead in nine seconds left in regulation, but placed Neils on the line. Neils’ one of two shots took the game to a new level briefly as fouls went back and fourth.
The Celebrities grinded down the nine seconds on their half, and left 1.6 for Albouystown to convert fading hope to triumph. The ball was tossed to ‘Two Feet’, a lethal sharp shooter, who made no mistake after his first clear look.
The half-court buzzer beater started the celebrations that continued on the tarmac of Cliff Anderson Sports Hall. Joseph will remember the hoist for all his life. It is his biggest shot to-date in his basketball career that spans both Guyana and Antigua.
Record turnout as young boxers entertain Albouystown community
Residents of Albouystown were treated to an all day boxing card when the management of Forgotten Youth Foundation (FYF) in collaboration the Guyana Amateur Boxing Association (GABA) staged a boxing card that consisted of boxers from gyms countrywide.
A record total of 78 boxers crowded the Andrew ‘Sixhead’ Lewis boxing gym all geared up for the fistic encounters but sadly, 10 of these boxers were unable to don gloves because of the volume of fights.
The huge crowd that turned up at the venue enjoyed every bout but the space constraint prevented all of the patrons from getting a clear view and many were left outside of the crammed building. Gyms from as far as Essequibo to Berbice competed in the tournament that also attracted participation from the Timerhi Boxing Gym.
President of the GABA, Steve Ninvalle was especially heartened by the responses and commended the organizers, Sebert Blake and Wensel Thomas for their dedication and commitment towards the success of the venture.
Delivering brief remarks before the action got underway Ninvalle said that the future looks bright for amateur boxing. “We are fortunate to witness a sneak preview of what is in store for boxing fans a few months down the line,” Ninvalle exhorted. The GABA President adumbrated that the overwhelming response of the public endorses the belief of his executives that there is a wealth of boxing talent waiting to be unearthed. “And we intend to nurture this talent to the hilt,” he concluded.
Mr. Ninvalle was also appreciative of the assistance received from some members of the corporate community and singled out businessman, Kerwin Chase who, despite the late request acquiesced to the provision of refreshment for all of the participants.
The following gyms participated in the tournament, Forgotten Youth Foundation (FYF), Harpy Eagles (HE), Essequibo Boxing Gym (ESQ) Timerhi Warriors (TW) Ricola) (Ric), Young Achievers (YA), Rose Hall Jammers (RHJ), and New Amsterdam (NA).
Meanwhile, the winners of the respective bouts are in the U-15 category is: Darrell Quallis over Christopher Timmerman, Kevin Allicock (HE) over his gym mate, Kert Allicock and Christopher Mansfield over Jeremiah Scott (FYF).
Odemi Moore then defeated Kris Ragnauth (FYF) shortly before Andel Moore defeated Malcolm Spencer (FYF). Shaka Moore got the better of Akeem Hackett (FYF) while Hansel Cole triumphed over Steffon Costello. Mark Johnson (FYF) lost to Dwayne Peters and Eon Barker defeated Ezekiel Accra.
Joel Williamson was better than Anthony Maraj while Ronel Rowley lost to Seon Griffith (FYF). Eon Layne defeated Andrew Webber, Dwain Lampkin (FYF) won from O’Neil Moses; Shaquille October defeated Corbin Hopper (FYF). Nagel Thomas won from Corwin Lambert; Troy Armstrong (FYF) defeated Daniel Hope.
Other results are, Dwayne Young prevailed over Gelroy Fraser shortly before Michael April won from Usher Crawford. Terrence Bastiani defeated Adavell LaRose and Nicholas Datt prevailed over Jamal Dodson.
Kevin Williams lost to Keith Bobsemple while Damion Johnson (FYF) defeated David Andrew. David Moore defeated Joel Blair; Stephon Joseph (FYF) defeated Mark Flavious (Ric).
Keron Griffith was too good for Javad Richards and Montezuma Bovell disposed of Kevin Roberts. Travis Fraser was successful against Nicholas Narine while Oswald Simpson won from Jamal Morris (FYF). In a female bout, Rena Davis out pointed Carol-Ann Bess.
In the junior category Dannel Trapp defeated Shawn Bobb while Ron Collins prevailed over Ishmael McLennon. Junior Bowen (HE) lost to Devon Evans (GDF) while Richard Williamson (PR) won from Terrence Adams (HE).
The next episode of this initiative would be staged in Berbice sometime next month.
Albouystown can beat any team in Guyana
– says Roberts, Celebrities not intimidating
By Edison Jefford
Albouystown Captain and leading scorer, Dwayne ‘Sugar’ Roberts believes that his team is capable of beating any composition and as such, he said that the tournament Celebrities is not intimidating enough for them to have any concerns.
Albouystown/Charlestown swept Central Mackenzie last Sunday to win the first National Super Ward Basketball Championships, and will play a composition of the best players to have emerged in the tournament, the Celebrities, Saturday night.
“We are capable of beating any team this country puts together. We have guys that can be among the best here with ease. I got a slight peep at the (Celebrities’) team and from what I gather it’s a good team,” Roberts told Kaieteur Sport yesterday.
He was adamant that Albouystown “has arguably one of the best guards in the country in ‘Two Feet (Kevin Joseph); one of the best small scorers with Kobe (Rodwell Fortune) and the future of local basketball with The Dream (Akeem Khanai)”.
In addition, Roberts said that he has two guys, Travis ‘Cook-up’ Foster and Nicko Fraser, who have been “playing the centre positions like they own it”. Based on those players, he said it does not matter who opposes them, they will win.
“Like I have said before, we are now peaking as a team. I don’t think we are there yet but we will get there. Hopefully that’s against the Celebrities. Together we are gelling and we are getting better. Central Mackenzie just got a taste,” Roberts boasted.
The national forward made it clear that it seem as though the composers of the Celebrities have put together an offensive team while his camp has been “preaching” the importance of defence throughout the nation-wide competition.
“They (Celebrities) have length but we will counter that with speed as we had done right through the tournament. Our aim is to prove that we are the best ward in Guyana,” he told this newspaper ahead of their biggest game of the tournament.
“(Trevor) Rose talked about making this a professional League where players will be able to benefit financially and so on, so we want to prove to Guyana that we are the first, and only professional team put together so far,” Roberts continued.
President of the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA), Trevor Rose had said at the launch of the competition that the idea is to make the National Super Ward an annual feature and League where players will be paid to play.
The inaugural mega event will climax Saturday night following its biggest game and the presentation ceremony that will be held at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall. The festivities of the tournament will be held after on the venue’s tarmac.
Albouystown sweep Central Mackenzie
– win elusive basketball Championship
Central Mackenzie grinded in the first half to remain in contention, but when the vibes of the ghetto started to pound the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in the second half, a Cinderella Story ended in a blow-out that produced a clean sweep.
Albouystown/Charlestown, who branded themselves ‘The Pride of the Ghetto’, made one mistake; they really had no broom, but it was clear that a possible Game 3 was never on their minds in the National Super Ward Basketball Final.
It was the end of the road for the Linden-based Central Mackenzie – a composition that had defeated strong North Ruimveldt and Wortmanville teams on a Cinderella run to the Final, and one that nearly pulled off a stunning win in Game 1.
The chances Central Mackenzie got in Game 1 Saturday night did not surface in Game 2 of the best-of-three Final Sunday night as Albouystown thrashed them 82-62 to seal the deal and cash in on the half of a million dollar first place prize.
Mackenzie’s Marvin Hartman must be groaning at the outcome after he missed those two crunch-time free throws with eight seconds left in the first game, which would have given his team a one-point edge that could have produced a win.
Hartman’s jitters cost his team $250,000, which is what Central Mackenzie will collect for placing second in the tournament. Albouystown, on the other hand, have moved from the shadows of the Georgetown Inter-Ward to the national spotlight.
Dwayne ‘Sugar’ Roberts got them there with 25 points and 12 rebounds Sunday night; he had four other players from a strong supporting cast in double figures. Roberts had scored 20 points and taken nine rebounds the night before.
Travis ‘Cook-Up’ Foster scored 15 points and took eight rebounds; Akeem ‘The Dream’ Kanhai finished with 13 points and six rebounds; Rodwell ‘Kobe’ Fortune had 12 points and four rebounds and Kevin Joseph 10 points for Albouystown.
They combined to dismantle Central Mackenzie, who only had Steve Neils Jr. in double figures with 22 points. Jason Alonzo had nine points and 12 rebounds while Hartman had another inconsistent night with eight points and six rebounds.
The first half of the game was well balanced on the offence end with Neils pouring jump shots from all angles and Lawrence DeCosta getting the occasional put back, which was a main reason why the first quarter was tied at 17 points at the end.
The offensive exchanges continued in the second period with Fortune attempting to cease the scoring of Neils with excellent defence. Neils was forced to play a high-post game for the sake of Fortune’s quick hands. He kept Mackenzie in the hunt.
However, it was clear that Roberts was bringing his ‘A’ game, which climaxed in the first half with a baseline buzzer-beater that created frenzy at the Sports Hall. The pop-fake and jumper thrilled those present at the indoor arena.
Once Roberts found that range, it was hard to guard him as he exploited anyone Central Mackenzie threw at him on defence. His performance was purely leadership, he wanted the ball and he attacked the middle.
His energy hauled Kanhai and all the other offensive players along for the onslaught that was unleashed in the second half.
Central Mackenzie was in the game until the end of the third quarter when they went down by seven, 57-50. However, the tide obviously turned when Neils visible expressed his frustration over a rebound Fortune had taken.
The guard/forward climbed over DeCosta, Alonzo and Hartman to snatch a big rebound that he also finished in the last quarter. Neils stopped, placed his hands on his waist and looked at the trio in understandable disappoint.
Neils was obviously peeved that no one blocked out the pint-sized Fortune. Yesterday he told Kaieteur Sport that their spirits were obviously broken and if he had gotten a spirited effort from the rest of his team, they would have done better.
“I figure that game one was a game we should have won, so when we did not win most of the guys’ spirits were broken in game 2 and we just gave up. If we had played with a little more spirit, I think we could have done better,” Neils said.
“I don’t mind losing but if some of the guys had played with that same spirit they had in the first game, we could’ve lost knowing that we fought, but we just gave up and stopped playing,” Neils continued.
Asked about his reaction over the rebound Fortune took, he said: “at no time a little guard is supposed to penetrate and a get a rebound over your big men”. Neils is expected to be a leading candidate for the All-Star team for this weekend.
All was not lost for Linden Sunday night, however. Christianburg stunned North Ruimveldt 76-74 in the third and fourth place playoffs, which meant that they will collect $150,000 while North gets $75,000 for fourth.
Dwight Cooper came up big for Christianburg with 21 points and six rebounds as Quincy Jones added 16 points and Trevor Profitt 10 points. What was remarkable was that they won without the services of national centre, Nkossi Gurrick.
Ryan Stephanie scored 22 points and seven rebounds while Darcel Harris had 15 points and Ryan Gullen 14 points and eight rebounds. North, the current Georgetown Inter-Ward Champs, would be disappointed with that performance.
The curtains will officially come down on the tournament this weekend when the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association host the award ceremony where Albouystown will take on the tournament’s All-Stars.
ALBOUYSTOWN CARRY GEORGETOWN’S HOPE TONIGHT
By Edison Jefford
Hundreds of basketball enthusiasts in Georgetown are expected to turn out to the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall tonight to support the only City team that has a chance of reaching the Mackeson Super Ward Basketball Championship Final.
After North Ruimveldt’s surprise exit Sunday night when Linden’s Central Mackenzie defeated them in the first semi-final, Georgetown’s hope of having a team in the Final of the mega tournament now rest squarely on Albouystown/Charlestown.
Obviously the most dominant team in the inaugural nation-wide competition, the unbeaten Albouystown will face the other Linden team in the tournament, Christianburg-a team that is also unbeaten and cannot be underestimated.
An all-Georgetown final is out of the question with Central Mackenzie already through, but it is definitely too early to rule out an all-Linden final, which would mean that Linden will get the right to host the event at the Mackenzie Court.
However, that is maybe thinking aloud or farfetched. The game is still to be played where many factors that will be considered here will decide the outcome. What is certain is that a chance to play for $500,000 will motivate Christianburg.
But more than that, the team that largely comprise players from the current national champions, Wismar Pistons, and is based on the western half of the Demerara River in Linden, would want to be taken seriously in the game.
As a result, national centre, Nkossi Gurrick, who has certainly refined his game to include a lethal 15-foot jumper and smooth post moves, will look to dominate inside in an attempt to give his team all the chances they can get.
Gurrick has tons of experience and only recently returned from playing ‘ball’ in Trinidad and Tobago. He should be one of the biggest deciding factors tonight coupled with some of Linden’s best senior players as his supporting cast.
Quincy Jones, the leading garbage player in Guyana, who gets the points no one gets and the rebounds others ignore, is a definite problem for Albouystown. He will ‘play his heart out’ for Christianburg, which could give his team the edge.
Once Jones gets going, he will pull Trevor Profitt along. Christianburg’s problem is the depth of their bench, especially in the guard positions. They are fairly strong in the centre and forward positions with those players mentioned earlier.
But Nevin Grenville, the ball handler and distributer, will struggle under the defensive pressure of Trevor McCleod, Rodwell Fortune, Kevin Joseph and Akeem Kanhai, who’re all quality guards featuring for the Albouystown line-up.
Christianburg has to figure out what they will do on the front court because if ball distribution is stymied then Albouystown will get the defensive edge and as is basketball parlance-defence always win games as opposed to offence.
However, Albouystown also has their worry with Gurrick, but one of the things they are expected to do is use ‘big man’ Holisworth Casey to block out Gurrick using his body to much effect against the 6’5” national true centre.
With Gurrick taken care of on defence and a big default in the guard position, the Christianburg unit seem shaky. Those are areas that Albouystown’s Dwayne Roberts and Alwyn Bellamy will exploit effectively to pull off a win.
The bottom line is that Christianburg has the quality, which is why they are in the Final Four but they just falls short on the depth, meaning they have six players that have most of the work to do while Albouystown can easily rotate about ten.
For those reasons, Albouystown will enter tonight’s game as the favourites, knowing that the Garden City has high expectations of them. It is not a hope that they will easily toss to the gallows. Albouystown want to win this championship.
Albouystown in the money
By Edison Jefford
Albouystown/Charlestown joined fellow frontrunners, North Ruimveldt as the only teams that are so far through to the Final Four of the Mackeson National Super Ward Basketball Championship after a comfortable win Sunday night.
Kevin ‘Two Feet’ Joseph had a good all-round performance to place Albouystown among the money with a 70-59 points’ win against South Ruimveldt, which was their third in the tournament and which stretched their unbeaten record.
All four teams in the Final Four are set to receive prize monies with the winner taking home $500,000; second place $250,000; third place $150,000 and fourth place $75,000 in the lucrative National Super Ward Championships.
Joseph had 15 points but his front court game proved too superior for South’s defence as the diminutive point guard out of Linden, who guest appears for Albouystown, easily created, set-up and ‘dished’ countless passes to the forwards.
Dwayne ‘Sugar’ Roberts was on the receiving end of Joseph’s assists for 12 points while Rodwell ‘Kobe’ Fortune had 11 points. Travis ‘Cook-Up’ Foster also got in offensively with 10 points, which he completed with seven rebounds.
Enoch Mathews scored 23 points; Gavin Beeram added 18 points and Fabian Johnson 12 points for South, which moved them to win and a loss in Group ‘B’. South must win all their remaining games to have a chance of reaching the Final Four.
Albouystown took command of the game in the first quarter with Alwyn Bellamy outside the three-point perimeter, Kanhai on the opposite end, Joseph up top, ‘Sugar’ and ‘Cook-Up’ at the bottom on a decent offensive combination.
Joseph delivered a few pin-point passes in the paint as South struggled defensively to go down 36-25 at half time. The highlight of the first half was a classic ‘no-look’ pass that Joseph mailed to Kanhai, which proved too ‘rich’ to finish.
The pass had enthusiasts at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall on their feet as it would have easily been the best assist of the tournament so far. However, an intense defensive third period brought South Ruimveldt back into contention.
While Johnson and Mortimer Williams struggled offensively for South with lots of unfinished easy attempts, their defensive work in the paint and ‘crashing’ the board at the other end, got South back in the game with a 41-45 points deficit.
It was game on at that time, but the hopes of a real challenge soon dwindled as South got back into their early defensive lapse to help Albouystown easily maintain a five-point 50-45 lead at the end of the penultimate period.
Albouystown then went on an intense offensive run in the fourth quarter that completely obliterated South. Fortune, Joseph and Kanhai used their quickness to work on the tiring legs of South’s offence, which worked to perfection.
Kanhai completed the emphatic victory with a ‘no-look dish’ from the baseline under the net to Joseph at the top of the key for a huge three-point jumper.
The pass pierced every defender from South, whom simply did not see it coming.
Wortmanville secured its first win of the tournament when they defeated East Bank 91-80 in overtime after the scores were levelled 67-67 after regulation time. Wortmanville was also kept to 40-40 deadlock at halftime.
Travis Burnette turned up big with 23 points, Naylon Loncke scored 20 points, Devon Cameron 12 points and Clement Brusche had 10 points for Wortmanville as their offence finally gave them what they lacked in their two previous defeats.
East Bank also had four players in double figures with Quacy Roberts scoring 25 points, Trevor Smith 18 points, Mark Richards 12 points and Desmond Chin 10 points in the third loss for the East Bank side.
Albouystown too good for Wortmanville
By Edison Jefford
Wortmanville/Werk-en-Rust did all that they could have done to secure a win against one of the strongest teams in the Mackeson National Super Ward Basketball Championship, but in the end, Albouystown/Charlestown was just too good.
Wortmanville’s forward, Clement Brusche must have a profound sense of disappointment after forcing an unnecessary technical foul that allowed Albouystown back in the game to tie it up at 62 in regular time then win it 80-66 in overtime.
Rodwell ‘Kobe’ Fortune scored 21 points in the win for Albouystown while Akeem ‘The Dream’ Kanhai ended with 20 points and three steals. Dwayne ‘Sugar’ Roberts added 14 points and 10 rebounds and Nicko Fraser had 12 points.
For Wortmanville, Travis Burnett had 12 points and Naylon Loncke 10 points as the five-time Georgetown Inter-Ward finalists slipped to its second consecutive Group ‘B’ defeat, which damped and overshadowed their Final Four hopes.
Wortmanville was within sight of pulling off a stunning victory after two dominant plays from their centres Kurt Elias and Vivian Alder put them up 50-40 at the end of the second to last period before a dramatic
10 minutes of basketball.
Within the first minute of the final quarter of regulation time, Wortmanville continued the offensive run they started in the third when Triston Lake helped them to a 14-point 54-40 lead that Fraser and Fortune went to work on.
Wortmanville’s offence then imploded after guard, Burnett made a few turnovers that the deep Albouystown unit capitalised on at the offensive end of the court.
The run placed an All-Star Albouystown team within eight points of the lead.
Ball possession and use of the clock would have perhaps easily handed Wortmanville the win, but Brusche, with all his experience gathered from years playing at the division one level, had other thoughts that landed him a technical foul. Kevin ‘Two Feet’ Joseph made all four crunch-time free-throws to help his team to a 60-54 points’ deficit that ignited the fans on the western half of the Sports Hall as a 14-point lead was now four points with two minutes left in regulation time.
The game that always had the makings of a classic, lived up to expectation when Fortune completed two free-throws and Roberts made a steal, which he tossed to Fraser for a lay-up that tied the game at 60 before Kanhai gave Albouystown the lead.
However, Elias nailed two free-throws to send the game into overtime as Wortmanville’s early momentum was officially gone. The five minutes of overtime proved that fact with a hapless Wortmanville merely adding four points to its regular time score.
Roberts, Fraser and Kanhai conspired for four consecutive fast-break plays to initiate an 18-point run for the team that devastated Wortmanville. Loncke’s eight three-point attempts in overtime all failed to reach its target. Albouystown had led 17-13 at the end of the first quarter and 32-31 at halftime. The team will face South Ruimveldt in the feature game Sunday night after Wortmanville challenge East Bank for its first win of the National Super Ward.
East Coast had its first win in Group ‘A’ earlier Thursday night when they defeated New Amsterdam 72-62 with Quacy Newton scoring 20 points and Stephon Gillis and Courtney English adding 13 points each. Shen Scotland scored 17 for New Amsterdam and Randy Caesar finished with 17 points.
The championship continues tonight with a triple header. North will take on New Amsterdam in the first game while Christianburg play Kitty/Campbellville in the second game and Central Mackenzie take on East Bank in the feature game.
Tiger Bay beat Albouystown 1-0 to win Digicel Street football final
Tiger Bay kicked off the start of Digicel’s FIFA World Cup promotional campaign with a thrilling 1-0 win over arch rivals Albouystown in the final of the Street Football Competition which was held at the Burnham Basketball Court on Saturday evening.
Keoma Gravesande was the man leading Tiger Bay to the top cash prize and trophy. Members of the winning team also received a FIFA World Cup bag and tee shirt.
Goals were hard to come by throughout the competition which attracted teams from Kingston, Lacytown, Alberttown, West Ruimveldt, Lodge and Campbellville.
Tiger Bay booked their place in the final after getting past Lacytown on penalty kicks while Albouystown needled Kingston. Members of the other teams were also recipients of FIFA World Cup giveaways.
Digicel CEO Gregory Dean who was on hand to witness the exciting final and group games, said he was pleased to see game that were played at a very high standard noting that the players are very skillful.
Dean congratulated the winning team and all the others who participated in the competition.