The Bayside Blazers Basketball Team from the Virgin Islands will be one of two teams that will represent the BVI in the regional Dreams to Reality Foundation Annual ‘Battle of the Fittest’ (BOTF) Basketball Tournament to be held in Dutch St. Maarten from 14-20 July, 2024.

The games will be played nightly at the LB Scott Sports Auditorium in Philipsburg, St. Maarten.

Manager of Team Bayside Blazers, Mr. Julian Willock, said that his team has been waiting for about two years on the BVI Basketball Federation to start their league or even the Hon Fraser Save the Seed League. Although neither league has come to pass, many players from my Team continues to be active, hence they are able to now go overseas to compete.

Mr. Willock believes that the outing is good exposure for his Team as it helps to keep the basketball sport alive and build the players confidence and skills.  He also had high praises for The Virgin Gorda Basketball League, as well as Steve E. Parillon and Eustace C. Freeman, and others who have had different basketball activities to keep the sports alive and no doubt competitive in the Virgin Islands.

Final Roster Coming!

The Virgin Islands is expected to have two teams at the BOTF Basketball Tournament, with Bayside Blazers representing Virgin Gorda and Skillful Ballers representing Tortola.

The VG Bayside Blazers have local players such as Kimani T. Stevens, Shamarr A. George, Norville S. Carey and Dione M. Blyden to name a few. The VG Bayside Blazers will be coached by Brian S. Brewley aka ‘Bash’ with Team Trainer Trevor M. Stevens aka ‘West’.

Mr. Willock noted that his team roster will be finalized in the coming days as he also has some players from overseas on the roster.

Thus far sponsors include Biras Creek Resort and Skelton Group of Companies. Mr Willock noted that he is still raising funds to ensure the team has the right financial support to fully participate and go for the win!