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AN active weekend for Bahamian pro basketball players in their respective leagues across the globe featured several season high performances. Headlining the list was veteran forward Kadeem Coleby in the Japanese B-League. Coleby finished with 30 points and 15 rebounds - both season highs - in an 89-86 loss for his Akita Northern Happinets to Hitachi SRT. He shot 11-14 from the field and also added two blocked shots. Akita dropped to 6-4 on the season, sixth place in the Eastern Conference.
JONQUEL Jones and her juggernaut UMMC Ekaterinburg Foxes club continue to dominate the Russian Premier League.
KADEEM Coleby, Mark St Fort and Travis Munnings were several of the top performers among Bahamian basketball players active in their respective programmes over the weekend.
AFTER a strong preseason, Dwight Coleby made his 2020 debut in the Turkey Basketball League.
SHAQUILLO Fritz made his professional debut for Hero Jairis in Spain’s Liga Espanola de Baloncesto (LEB Silver).
ADAM Johnson is continuing to post standout numbers in his rookie season of professional basketball.
MAJOR League Baseball produced its first Top 30 Prospects for each franchise of the offseason and several Bahamian players were listed for their respective clubs. Kristian Robinson continues to head the list as the No.1 prospect of the Arizona Diamondbacks while Jazz Chisholm remains the No. 4 prospect of the Miami Marlins.
EUGENE Stuart is on the move to a new country and a new club in the second season of his pro volleyball career.
IT was an active weekend for Bahamian basketball across pro leagues in Asia and Europe as several players made their season debuts and others had season-high performances.
KINO Burrows and the FOS Provence Basket Byers continue the French LNB Pro B Leaders Cup as they continue their preparation for the 2020-21 season.
THE Bahamas made history by becoming the newest member of the International School Sports Federation.
EVAN Sweeting has delivered a series of impressive performances to boost his stock ahead of his collegiate baseball recruitment.
KINO Burrows and the FOS Provence Basket Byers are off to a fast start in the French LNB Pro B Leaders Cup as they continue their preparation for the 2020-21 season. The Byers are 2-0 in the Cup with their latest win against a LNB Pro A (Jeep Elite) side. Burrows finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds and three assists in an 81-65 win over Etan Chalon. The Byers began the Leaders Cup with a 76-59 victory over the Antibes Sharks. Burrows finished with 21 points.
PRO basketball leagues across Europe have tipped off their regular seasons and several Bahamian players were active in their respective teams’ debut. Both Domnick Bridgewater and Kentwan Smith got off to winning starts in France’s Nationale Masculine 2 (NM2) League. Bridgewater led Sapela Basket 13 to an early 2-0 record and recorded another double double.He finished with 19 points and 10 assists in a 90-74 win over Le Cannet Cote d’Azur Basket.
MARK St Fort looks to make the most of what could be a limited tenure with his new club in Japan. St Fort recently said the deal with SeaHorses Mikawa of the Japanese B-League was an unexpected opportunity due to restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on import players.
The Bahamas’ sports tourism product continues to suffer from the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic with several major events on the local calendar relocated or postponed. The latest casualties were Complete Sport Management’s Battle 4 Atlantis presented by Bad Boy Mowers and bd Global’s Islands of the Bahamas Showcase. Both events will be relocated to respective locations in the United States.
DOMNICK Bridgewater is having an immediate impact in his progression to France’s Nationale Masculine 2 (NM2) League. Bridgewater finished with 10 points in his regular season debut to lead Sapela Basket 13 to an 87-72 win over La Ravoire Challes Basket.
IN a dramatic finish, American Tommy Gainey took first place at bd Global’s Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Golf Course, Emerald Bay.
One former men’s national basketball team member is looking to develop the student-athletes within his community with his new initiative. Abel Joseph’s “Bringing Ball In the Inner Community” looks to increase its exposure during the summer months and extend into a year-round programme.
TRAVIS Munnings will get his first opportunity to showcase his skillset for an NBA franchise. Munnings was invited to a Pre-Draft workout for the Charlotte Hornets today at the team’s training facility in Charlotte, North Carolina.