Rohan Hunter was again among the star performers with a game high 20 points, 18 rebounds and five steals, while teammate Kevon Godfrey supported with four points, 15 rebounds and seven steals. Old Harbour were crowned 2013/14 National under-16 champions, however, coach Ricardo Edwards says his expectations are higher this season of the senior boys. Click this link to LIKE US ON FACEBOOK
Kevon Godfrey led all scorers with a game high 15 points and six steals. Godfrey’s teammate Joel Allwood had eight points and 12 rebounds, while Jordan Campbell registered six points and four rebounds in a very one-sided affair. In senior’s action, Old Harbour received very little competition as they ran to a 66-23 win over St Mary’s Brimmer Vale. Nicoloy Bailey and Rojay Hamilton demonstrated great all-round ability – the former banking 22 points, effecting five steals, 15 rebounds and eight block shots; while the latter recorded 20 points, had nine steals, seven rebounds and four assists.
Javell Redwood had yet another impressive all-round game. The giant 6’11” centre registered 15 points, 15 rebounds, seven block shots, three steals and one assist, while Robert Johnson supported him with nine points, had seven steals, one rebound and five assists to continue their team’s unbeaten run. Old Harbour’s next game will be at home against McGrath High on November 16. CLICK here to LIKE OLD HARBOUR NEWS ON FACEBOOK
Over the years several students from Old Harbour High took part in the yearly event including Jason Francis and Joel Bailey. And several current players from the school are expected to participate in the camp. KFC and Jamaica Basketball Association (JABA, as part of this year’s celebration, have included six youngsters from Norwood community of St. James, Majesty Gardens and Maxfield Park Children’s Home to participate in the camp as part of the camp outreach activities. CLICK here to LIKE OLD HARBOUR NEWS ON FACEBOOK
Since arriving in the States, the trio has been doing “extremely well” Edwards informed Old Harbour News. In providing an update on the trio, Edwards said: “Junior Graham is actually on the honour role of Lutheran Christian School in Long Island. Joel Bailey and Willesley Butler: They are dominating in Boston, being featured in magazines. “It speaks volumes to the programme here because they just left here in November. The programme doesn’t stress sport alone, it also stresses academics and the academic is a key factor of our basketball programme.” Lynch and Redwood will immediately leave at the end of the Jamaica academic school year. Coach Edwards has commended Jamaican-born Michael Williams who has been instrumental in securing all scholarships so far. CLICK here to LIKE OLD HARBOUR NEWS ON FACEBOOK
For Francis though, he had to conquer more than just his game. In 2009 he had to do surgery on his left knee. The injury was a devastating blow for him both mentally and physically, as it came at a time when he just graduated from the University of Rhode Island and the prospect of playing in the National Basketball Association (NBA) was at the forefront of his mind. However, the surgery caused him to miss the 2009 NBA Draft. “My knee cap was shifting… and it slowed me down a lot,” he recounted the experience to Old Harbour News. “It took me about two years before I could literally play basketball again. My knee was so weak I have to do a lot rehabilitation.” Francis’ tough upbringing in the district of Spring Village in Jamaica seemingly had prepared him well enough, however, for circumstances like this. A dream shot at playing in the NBA had gone by now, and so the Rhode Island resident shifted his focus to American Football. “I play semi-pro for a team in Rhode Island. I did great. Obviously there was nobody out there as big as I am. After a game the guys from the other team would come up to me and say ‘yo, you are as big as hell’,” he said with a wry smile. He’d never tried playing American Football before not even when he was living in Jamaica, where rugby is a recognised sport, albeit in a minute manner. “It’s a sport (American Football) that I’ve always watched and would say to myself that ‘if they can do it then I can do it’,” he said. “I’m gonna go back to play when I get back overseas. The team is in training right now. Right now football season is about to start and when football season ends in November, basketball season start after that.” But his true love lies with basketball. Now a starting member for Providence Sky Chiefs in the American Basketball Association (ABA) – a second tier pro-league to the NBA – he tasted success in basketball for the first time in a very long while. Francis helped the Sky Chiefs, the first pro-basketball team in Rhode Island for 70 years, to win the Benrus Pro Basketball Championship as well as the ABA East Regional Championship. “We did big things. Nobody expected us to do that well and we brought home two trophies in our first season,” he proudly stated. “I don’t pay attention to that,” he said when asked about his personal performance, “because a lot of things people do in basketball doesn’t show up on the stats sheet. If I’m not scoring points nobody can come in my lane and make any simple lay-ups.” On October 15 this year, Francis will celebrate his 30th birthday. It’s a significant number for many professional athletes as usually it’s the start of their descent to retirement. But he isn’t looking towards watching from the fence just yet. Armed with a degree in criminal justice, he said: “I’m not sure what I’m going to do. I’ve got some offers from overseas, but I like the ABA because it’s literally in my backyard. I can wake up and drive to practice, drive to games, so it’s the comfort zone to me. So if I’m going to get pay and is comfortable close to home then I’m going to do that. “As long as me knees allow me to. I’m not gonna put a timeline on when I stop play. I know guys who play until they’re 42, 43, so as long as I can do it I’m gonna do it. It’s something that I love doing and I can’t imagine getting up one day and not playing. I’m just gonna keep on playing until I can’t do it anymore.” CLICK here to LIKE OLD HARBOUR NEWS ON FACEBOOK