Southern Basketball League semis on today

The National Integrity Action (NIA)-sponsored Southern Basketball League semi-finals open with a double-header programme at the Tony Spaulding Complex today at 6:30 pm. Pembroke Hall Warriors will face Exed Heats in the opening game, while Arnett Gardens Rockers and the Spanish Town Spartans will b ... Read More

Ralique Grant of Granville Jaguars (centre) is about to pass the ball to teammate Dave Black (right) as Holland Saints’ Shavaughn Reid tries to block him in a recent WBA Tropical Blue Natural Spring Water Elite Basketball League reschedule game at the Montego Bay Cricket Club. Granville won the game 89-80 in overtime.
Granville tipped to retain basketball title
MONTEGO BAY, St James — The semi-final match-ups in the Western Basketball Associations Tropic ... Read More

Dr Mark Bloomfield (third left), president of Jamaica Basketball Association, and KFC Brand Manager Andrei Roper (fourth right) join members of the successful Under-17 team in hoisting their third-place trophy during the launch of the Star Search Camp last Wednesday. (Observer) U-17 success at regional tourney presses importance of JABA/KFC Star Search Camp — organisers
A mini celebration of the Under-17 team’s third-place accomplishment at the recently concluded ... Read More

Jamaica capture bronze medal at Under-16 men’s Caribbean Basketball Conference Championships
JAMAICA captured the bronze medal for finishing third at the 2016 Under-16 men’s Caribbean Bas ... Read More

Granville Jaguars secure top spot in WBA Elite League

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Friday, July 15, 2016    

Craig Bernard (left) of Granville Jaguars tries to keep the ball away from Holland Saints’ Ricardo Brooks in Tuesday’s WBA Tropical Blue Natural Spring Water Elite Basketball League rescheduled game at the Montego Bay Cricket Club. Granville won 89-80 in overtime after the teams ended regulation tied at 72-all. (Photo: Paul Reid)

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Defending champions Granville Jaguars secured the top spot in the Western Basketball Association’s Tropical Blue Natural Spring Water Elite Basketball League after beating Holland Saints 89-80 in overtime in Tuesday’s rescheduled game at the Montego Bay Cricket Club. Leroy Lawrence came off the bench in the second half to score a game-high 26 points and make the difference against a hard-running Saints team led by Damaine Thorpe’s 20 points. Gran ... Read More

Duncan thanks teammates in open letter

Thursday, July 14, 2016    

This file photo taken on May 2, 2015 shows San Antonio Spurs player Tim Duncan (left) being challenged by  Los Angeles Clippers DeAndre Jordan during the first half of their first-round NBA play-off game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: AFP)

CALIFORNIA, United States (AFP) — Tim Duncan, the San Antonio Spurs talisman who retired on Monday after 19 seasons and five NBA titles, thanked fans and team-mates yesterday in a letter posted on the Spurs website. Duncan, 40, hadn’t spoken publicly since the Spurs announced he was retiring. He spent his entire career with San Antonio, who made him the number one overall selection in the 1997 NBA draft. “If asked to write a script for my career 19 years ago, there is no way ... Read More

Five-time champ Duncan retires after 19 glorious seasons

Wednesday, July 13, 2016    

This file photo taken on June 9, 2013, shows Tim Duncan (right) of the San Antonio Spurs going to the basket against Udonis Haslem of the Miami Heat during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Finals at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI)

Los Angeles, United States (AFP) — San Antonio Spurs star power forward Tim Duncan, one of the best players in National Basketball Association (NBA) history, announced his retirement Monday, ending a brilliant 19-season career that included five league titles. The 40-year-old Duncan, who was selected as the first overall pick in the 1997 NBA draft, spent his entire career with the Spurs — an anomaly in a league where players often change teams. The Spurs reached the play-offs in e ... Read More

Granville Jaguars face Holland Saints in rescheduled game

Tuesday, July 12, 2016    

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Defending champions Granville Jaguars could secure the number one rank going into thesemi-finals of the WBA/Tropical Blue Natural Spring Water Elite Basketball League with a win over semi-finalists Holland Saints in a rescheduled game at the Montego Bay Cricket Club at 6:30 pm today. Jaguars are coming off a comfortable 30-point win over Lucea Flames on Saturday, and lead the points table with 24 with two games to be played. Catherine Hall All-Stars and Montego Bay ... Read More

Rockets ink $118-million extension with Harden

Sunday, July 10, 2016    

HARDEN... I’m truly excited more than ever.

CALIFORNIA, United States (AFP) — Houston Rockets inked star guard James Harden to a four-year contract extension worth $118 million dollars, the NBA team announced yesterday. The deal was announced after the team’s introduction of newly acquired free agents Eric Gordon and forward Ryan Anderson. “I’m truly excited more than ever,” Harden said. Harden, 26, arrived in Houston prior to the 2012-13 season via a trade from Oklahoma City. With the Rockets he has devel ... Read More

Seven teams through to National Integrity Action Southern Basketball Conference League quarter-finals

BY GERALD REID Observer writer | Saturday, July 09, 2016    

Defending champions Arnett Gardens Rockers, along with Pembroke Hall Warriors, GC Foster Lions, Spanish Town Spartans, Real Lions, Jamaica Defence Force and EXED Heats are all through to the quarter-finals of the 2016 National Integrity Action (NIA)/Southern Basketball Conference (SBC) League after winning their play-off games. The play-off best-of-three series was played amongst the top 16 teams from the preliminary rounds for a place in the quarter-finals which will also be played in a simil ... Read More

Samardo’s gift

PAUL A REID Observer Writer | Thursday, July 07, 2016    

Samardo Samuels, who plays for FC Barcelona Lassa in the Spanish basketball league, shows off one of the shirts he has brought to donate to young players in Jamaica. (Photo: PAUL REID)

Jamaica’s European-based basketball player Samardo Samuels is seeking to establish links with sporting organisations here so that he can give back to the island and its future sportsmen and women. Samuels, who returned home last week for a short holiday break as he prepares for a crucial season with his team FC Barcelona Lassa, brought with him football gear, a gift from his Barcelona club. He hopes to donate them and perhaps participate in basketball camps. When he spoke with the Jamai ... Read More

Jamaica scores third U-16 basketball win

Thursday, July 07, 2016    

JAMAICA maintained their unbeaten run in the 2016 Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Men’s Under-16 Championships being played at the Cliff Robertson Sports Hall in Guyana. The Jamaicans defeated Aruba 71-58 late on Tuesday to move to the top of the standings in Group B with six points. Jamaica will face hosts Guyana in their final match of the preliminary rounds and should secure their place in the semi-finals. Jamaica are the only unbeaten team in Group B. The Jamaicans defeated ... Read More

Durant confirms Golden State move

Tuesday, July 05, 2016    

Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant (right) vies with Philadelphia 76ers Evan Turner during the NBA pre-season basketball game at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, north-west England in this 2013 file photo. (Photo: AFP) ANDREW YATES

Los Angeles, United States (AFP) — Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant confirmed yesterday he is joining the Golden State Warriors, a shock move that adds another potent weapon to an already formidable offence spearheaded by Stephen Curry. Durant, the most coveted NBA free agent, announced his move on the Players’ Tribune website after what he described as the “most challenging few weeks in my professional life”. The 27-year-old forward said he was joining the ... Read More

Jamaica Under-16 team in Guyana for Caribbean Basketball Championships

Saturday, July 02, 2016    

JAMAICA’S Under-16 team and nine other Caribbean countries are currently in Guyana to participate in the 2016 Caribbean Basketball Championships, which begins tomorrow and runs through July 9. The Jamaicans’ opening game will be against Suriname at 5:30 pm (Jamaican time), after being absent from the competition for the past 10 years. Dr Mark Bromfield, president of the Jamaica Basketball Association (JaBA), is also head of delegation, and the contingent includes Tarry Upshaw, head ... Read More



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