Samardo signs with New Brindisi (Italy)

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March 31, 2017

The New Basket Brindisi announces that it has reached an agreement until the end of the 2016/17 season with the pivot Samardo Anthony Samuels, born January 9, 1989 in Trelawny in Jamaica.

The 6′ 9″ center, played last season in China in the Jiangsu Dragons wearing during his glorious career vests Olympia Milano and Barcelona in Europe and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA.

In the experience in the East he has racked up 22 appearances at an average playing time of 29.3 minutes and 20.2 points and 7.5 rebounds. Samuels’ last season they won the Spanish Super Cup with the Blaugrana, stopping just short of the Euroleague Final Four in 2016.

Two seasons in Olympia for him, the first ended with the conquest of the shield and the second sealed by career-high 36 points a...

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NBL To Return Later This Year

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February 28, 2017

Kingston, Jamaica — President of the Jamaica Basketball Association (JaBA), Dr Mark Broomfield, is reassuring basketball fans that the National Basketball League (NBL) competition will take place this year.

The NBL, which is the island’s premier basketball tournament, was last held in 2012 under former president Ajani Williams. However, since then, JaBA has struggled to secure a sponsor for the competition.

However, Broomfield, who took over as president from Williams in 2015, said the NBL would go ahead this year, regardless of sponsorship.

The JaBA boss added that his association is hoping to the start the league in October.

“With or without a sponsor, we are going to have the National Basketball League this year,” Broomfield said...

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Kentan Facey’s best performance of his college career

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Playing with a freer mind and a more aggressive spirit in recent games, Jamaican, Kentan Facey, the senior forward for the University of Connecticut, scored a career-high 20 points to go with nine rebounds in the best performance of his college career. 

 
His contribution created an upswing allowing UConn to defeat a well-oiled North Florida 80-59.
 
photo caption: UConn’s Kentan Facey drives between a pair of North Florida defenders during Saturday’s game.
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Facey helps UConn to first home win

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — UConn didn’t look pretty in beating Boston University, but after a rough start to the season the Huskies weren’t looking for style points.

Freshman Christian Vital scored 13 points and UConn, down to just eight scholarship players because of injury, held off BU 51-49 on Wednesday night.

Jamaican standout, Kentan Facey added eight points and seven rebounds for the Huskies ), who picked up their first home win in three tries, despite shooting just 32 percent from the field and now boast 3 wins 4 loss record.

while addressing reporters, Facey said, “I don’t care if we win by a point or 15, we’ll take all the wins we can get,”

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Libertyville Vipers topple Jamaica U21

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November 25, 2016

Kingston, Jamaica – Opening night of the inaugural JamRockerz Classics saw the visiting Libertyville Vipers come from behind to topple our surging young Under 21 stars in a race to wire.

With home court advantage in their favor and up-tempo crowd cheering them on the U21 jumped to a 8 point lead (16-8) at the end of the 1st quarter and by half-time they increased the lead to 10 (38-28).

The third quarter saw the U21 widening the gap between themselves and  their visitors compliments of some solid defense and offensive execution. At the end they held a commanding 60-43 lead.

However, Vipers begun to show their experience and resilience as they slithered their way back into contention, and that they did behind key plays from Morris Roberts, Tomblin Yurio and Zack Pick...

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International TRI-NATION Basketball comes to Jamaica

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The Jamaica Basketball Association (JABA) will bring an international Basketball to our shores Friday November 25 to Monday, November 28, 2016 at the National Indoor Sports Centre, Independence Park, Kingston 5, St. Andrew.
Branded the Jamrockerz Classics the tournament will see one of the biggest Caribbean basketball nations, Guyana National Team and the American Basketball Association’s (ABA) semi pro outfit – the Libertyville Vipers battle Jamaica’s very own Senior and Under 21 squads.
The Classics is expected to be staged annually and will feature six (8) exciting games. The two (2) top teams will then compete for bragging rights and the Championship Trophy...
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Kentucky Wildcats Land 5-Star Jamaican Center

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Kentucky Wildcats Land 5-Star Jamaican Center

November 10, 2016

Prized center prospect Nick Richards announced Thursday he’s planning to continue his basketball career at Kentucky.

Scout.com announced the rising star’s decision to chose Kentucky Wildcats over Syracuse and Arizona.

Richards is a 5-star prospect who rates as the No. 17 overall recruit in the 2017 class, according to the Scout player rankings. He’s also listed as the 7th best center among the incoming group and the top player at the position from the state of New Jersey.

The Patrick School standout brings a different skill set to the table than most of his fellow elite recruits...

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Jamaican Kentan Facey Has Grown Up Quickly

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Each day, Kentan Facey slips on a ring before he heads to class at UConn. It’s not elaborate, like a championship ring, but the one his father was going to use on his wedding day.

“He was supposed to get married that December, and he passed away in April [of 2015],” Facey said. “So I take his wedding ring out and wear it every day.”

Kenneth Facey died suddenly from heart disease just after his son finished his sophomore season at UConn. The family had never been able to work things out so that Kenneth could travel from Jamaica to the U.S. to watch his son play in Huskies’ blue and white, nor did he know much about the sport his son was playing. But he knew Kentan was doing well in school, and finding his way on a journey that is coming to an end, as his senior season is about to begin.

“He...

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Our Sincerest Condolences from our Basketball Family to Yours

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Special Olympic Jamaica

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