Introducing 16-year-old basketball prodigy, Kevon Wiggins.

first_imgBy Colin Bynoe.AT 6` 1”, Kevon Wiggins has to be the best pound-for-pound youth basketball player for Guyana in the past year.Wiggins rose to prominence last year in the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) U-16 Championships which was played in Guyana.In that tournament, Wiggins averaged 15.2 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. His exploits took Team Guyana into the finals where they lost to Bahamas 57-84,Kevon Wiggins essays a perfect pull-up jumper.Young Wiggins ended with 25 points and an impressive 14 rebounds in his 37 minutes of play in the finals. Numbers don’t lie.Born to parents, Emon Wiggins and Ronda Lewis, on October 19, 2000 in the Town of Rose Hall, Kevon grew up watching his father playing basketball in the area. His dad played basketball for the Rose Hall Town Jammers for many years. “My father inspired me to play basketball, I started at age 13”, the young Wiggins related.He attended the Rose Hall Town Primary School where he successfully completed his NGSA (National Grade Six Assessment) exams and gained a place at the New Amsterdam Multilateral. But despite migrating to the United States of America with his family, 16-year-old, Kevon Wiggins, continues to fly the Guyana flag high. He now attends Evander Childs Campus where he has been playing for his new school for the past five months.The six-foot shooting guard is making a name for himself as a starter on the Evander High School basketball team based in the Bronx, New York. He’s currently in his sophomore years at his school, and will be moving on to 11th Grade.He mentioned, “When I first started at the school, the basketball coach asked if I played ball because he watched the CBC tournaments and he remembered me,” stated Kevon. When asked to compare playing basketball for his school `Evander’ to that of playing in Guyana, Wiggins remarked, “ Well playing basketball for my school oversees is much more difficult than in Guyana, and also it makes the games a lot easier when playing stiffer competitions”.The 16-year-old views himself as a fun person, “I want my teammates to remember me as a fun person”. When asked what aspect of your game comes easiest to you? He responded, “Shooting and finishing to the rim comes easy”. The former Rose Hall Town lad who is still in his prime, posited confidently, “to be successful you have to work the hardest”Asked,” If you didn’t play basketball, what sport would you play? Kevon replied “I would have played cricket most definitely”.Quite recently in the 2017 Centrobasket U17 Championship which was held in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, from 26th -30th July, despite Team Guyana not registering a win in the championship, they played well to the level of competition which they faced.Kevon Wiggins was selected to represent Guyana and continuing with his outstanding display of scoring, his returns saw him making a mess of his other competitors by being the highest scorer in the championship with a total of 126 points from 5 games he played. He averaged a tournament high 25.2 points per game.This youngster is talented; He handles the ball with both hands effortlessly. He can hit a shot from anywhere on the court. He has a smooth jumper. He can dunk. And he was raised in the beautiful Town of Rose Hall.last_img

Wimbledon 2016: Williams, Murray Hit Next Round

first_imgDefending champion Serena Williams reached the second round of Wimbledon with a 6-2 6-4 win over Switzerland’s Amra Sadikovic.Top-seeded American Williams served five double faults and only four aces in 73 minutes against the world number 148.The six-time champion, 34, has now won 80 and lost 10 matches at Wimbledon.“It wasn’t tougher than I thought, but it was definitely tough,” she told BBC Sport.“I never underestimate anyone. I started fast, and that’s about it.“This is me – I’m always shouting at myself, always pushing myself. It’s absolutely nothing different.“It’s great to be back at Wimbledon. Mom was in the Royal Box and that was really nice.”The world number one, regarded as one of the finest servers in history, achieved just a 60% success rate on her first serves.But there was never any suggestion she would not go on to beat the Grand Slam debutant, securing victory with a successful challenge to set up a tie against compatriot Christina McHale. McHale, who beat Daniela Hantuchova 7-5 6-2, has already lost twice to the 21-time Grand Slam champion in 2016.Rain disrupted play on the second day, but under a closed roof on Centre Court former world number one Caroline Wozniacki lost 7-5 6-4 to world number 14 Svetlana Kuznetsova in one hour and 28 minutes.“It was way too good a match for the first round,” the Russian told BBC Sport. “I think I did great, I’m happy with my performance.”Kuznetsova will now play Britain’s wildcard Tara Moore, who secured her first Grand Slam win with a 6-3 6-2 victory over Alison Van Uytvanck, becoming the fourth Briton to reach the second round.Former finalist Eugenie Bouchard was leading Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3 2-1 while British number one Johanna Konta was 6-1 2-1 up against Monica Puig when rain stopped play.Earlier yesterday,Andy Murray made short work of his first ever British opponent at Wimbledon as he swept past wildcard Liam Broady in the opening round.Murray, seeded second, saw off the 22-year-old world number 235 from Stockport 6-2 6-3 6-4 on Centre Court.It was the first all-British meeting at the All England Club since Tim Henman beat Martin Lee in 2001.Murray, 29, goes on to face Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei in the second round on Thursday.The Scot needed just one hour and 43 minutes to end Broady’s Centre Court debut, the 2013 champion and world number two not surprisingly outclassing a player with just one tour-level win to his name.Murray might have been playing a familiar face but he was in aggressive mood, dropping just six points on his first serve and winning 18 of 19 at the net.Having gone 10 years without playing a fellow Briton, he has now beaten three this month following wins over Aljaz Bedene and Kyle Edmund at Queen’s Club.“When we start the match we are both trying to win, but it does not make it any easier,” Murray told BBC Sport.“Liam played better as the match went on and fought through to the end and played some good stuff.“The crowd is always very fair here, getting behind both players and knowing what a good shot is. Liam got a good ovation when he left court and I’m sure he will have enjoyed that.”Broady found himself having to improvise as he chased down Murray from the baselineMurray, watched by recently returned coach Ivan Lendl at a Grand Slam for the first time in three years, began his 11th Wimbledon campaign with a comfortable win.Broady, 22, had experienced the Murray game first-hand during practice sessions earlier this year but could not bridge the gulf in class once their first competitive meeting got under way.Within five minutes he was a break of serve down, and moments later he was literally playing a shot off his knees as Murray ran him ragged.There was a sense of relief from the Centre Court crowd when Broady got on the scoreboard at 3-1 down but he could make no impression on the Murray serve.A wayward Broady forehand into the tram lines gave up the first set and a double fault handed Murray a 3-1 lead in the second.There was little reason for Murray to get fired up but a trademark cross-court backhand brought a shout of “come on” en route to a two-set lead, and it was now a case of closing it out as clinically as possible.Murray suffered physically in the recent French Open final after getting dragged into two five-set matches earlier in the tournament, and he was determined to avoid a repeat at Wimbledon.Broady – and the crowd – enjoyed one running forehand pass early in the third set, and the wildcard earned his first break points in game six, but Murray fired down a serve and steered away a volley to snuff out the danger.A delicate drop shot clinched victory on match point and the value of a quick win was immediately apparent when the rain began to fall as the players walked off court.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

‘Fighting Wilder is Joshua’s Top Priority’

first_imgWilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel wants to resume negotiations for the Joshua fight provided that terms remain private and Matchroom Boxing boss Hearn is determined to agree on a blockbuster bout with all the world titles at stake.“I won’t talk about the negotiations we’re having at the moment, because I did that last time and it bit me in the bottom,” Hearn told Sky Sports News.“I’m going to stay quiet, keep this mush peeled and shut, and try and make the undisputed heavyweight fight. That’s the priority, it’s always been the priority, always been the plan.”Joshua has also welcomed a British battle with Fury, who climbed off the canvas twice during the Wilder fight, only to be denied victory by the judges’ scorecards in Los Angeles.But Hearn believes the Joshua-Wilder fight must happen next instead of an immediate rematch for Fury.“Josh still likes the Tyson Fury fight. I’ve spoken to him numerous times,” said Hearn.“Josh is in camp now in America, and he would love to fight Fury, he would.“I’ve spoken to Fury yesterday, just said well done. I take my hat off to him. I was wrong. He proved me wrong against (Wladimir) Klitschko, he proved me wrong against Deontay Wilder. I think what he’s done is remarkable.“I still believe Anthony Joshua is hands down the best heavyweight in the world. I believe he knocks out Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, but maybe I’ll be wrong again, but it’s a brilliant time for the heavyweight game.“There is a rematch that could happen between Wilder and Fury. But if Wilder really wants to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, he must fight Joshua next, otherwise, we may just all miss the boat on that one. But anything can happen.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram GLOBAL SOCCER\\OTHER SPORTSPromoter Eddie Hearn said that Anthony Joshua’s top priority remains an undisputed heavyweight fight against Deontay Wilder at Wembley on April 13.The British star has reiterated his desire to face Wilder in his next scheduled fight at the national stadium after the American retained his WBC belt in a split decision draw with Tyson Fury at the weekend.last_img read more

Tennis: Murray records 497th win, advances to meet Djokovic in Indian Wells semis

first_imgAndy Murray set a record for Open Era wins by a British man with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Feliciano Lopez to reach the Indian Wells ATP Masters semi-finals on Thursday.Fourth seed Murray booked a showdown with defending champion Novak Djokovic, who won his match in a walkover when Bernard Tomic withdrew from their scheduled quarter-final in the WTA and ATP hardcourt tournament.Murray now has 497 match wins, surpassing Tim Henman for the most in the Open Era by a British player.The 27-year-old Scot continued his domination over the Spanish lefthander Lopez, having won all 10 career matches between the two.last_img read more

PBA: Blackwater ends long skid to TNT with OT win

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The Elite played a couple of pocket tournaments in Indonesia and Macau before returning to the Philippines for the PBA’s third conference.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “I actually saw this kind of game from them during our time abroad, it really helped a lot because it helped with our chemistry,” said Elite’s head coach as he wiped away his tears. “It feels so great to win.”“This is God’s will and I’m sorry if I started crying because I really didn’t have any rest. These tears are from happiness. I want to thank the players because they sacrificed a lot.”Maliksi finished with 28 points, nine coming in overtime, with nine rebounds to lead the Elite while Henry Walker had 23 points and 14 rebounds.Pinto had 12 points, six of which came in the extra period after going scoreless in the second half, to aid Blackwater.Terrence Romeo had a team-high 24 points for the KaTropa, who dropped to 1-2 while new import Stacey Davis had 23 points and 16 boards with Jayson Castro pitching in 20 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Blackwater muscled its way in overtime and broke its losing streak to TNT, coming away with a 104-98 win in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT The Elite, who played their first game in the conference, were 0-11 against the KaTropa since they joined the league in 2014.John Pinto and Allein Maliksi were quick to respond to the Elite’s situation as they scored the first 14 of their team’s points in overtime for the 97-89 lead with 2:17 left in extra time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Maliksi then hit the dagger jumper for Blackwater’s 100-93 lead with 49.1 left to play.An emotional Bong Ramos said it took his team more than their regular practice sessions to achieve the cohesiveness they displayed in crunch time. View comments LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal South Korea demands probe into Chinese swimming ‘assault’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedlast_img read more

NAOMH CONAILL U13 GIRLS DOMINATE AT HARVEST FAIR BLITZ

first_imgNaomh Conaill U13 GirlsNaomh Conaill U13 Girls yesterday won the Glenties Harvest Fair Blitz.The girls defeated Glenswilly 5.09 to 3.01 in the first game.St.Nauls defeated Glenswilly 1.07 to 0.01. In the final, Naomh Conaill won on a scoreline of 5.08 to 0.01.Captain Tara Black was presented with the Cup by Harvest Fair Committee Member Poggy O Donnell.Naomh Conaill were under the management of Sean Connaughton, Gerard O Donnell, Caroline Boyle Carr, and Poggy ODonnell.NAOMH CONAILL U13 GIRLS DOMINATE AT HARVEST FAIR BLITZ was last modified: September 8th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:blitzGLENTIES HARVEST FAIRNaomh Conailllast_img read more