78.5 F
Charlotte Amalie
Thursday, February 29, 2024
HomeNewsLocal sportsBCB Blazers Basketball Team Wins Gold in Mexico

BCB Blazers Basketball Team Wins Gold in Mexico

Principal Farrow, Head Coach Mabry and team captain Khailieo Terry The Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School (BCB) Blazers basketball team returned to the territory Monday, Oct. 31, as champions of the 2016 COPA Bacalar Basketball Tournament, which had been held Oct. 28-30 in Chetumal, Mexico.

The 18-member team was met by an entourage of supporters from the Department of Education, Department of Tourism and members of the community when they arrived at the Cyril E. King airport at 3:20 p.m.

The Blazers were the standout team at the international tournament, winning in all six playoff and semifinal games, to include the championship game, with a 64-24 victory over the Toros of Tabasco, Mexico. Team captain Khailieo Terry led the student athletes to victory, making him the tournament’s MVP.

Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School (BCB) Blazers Tournament Champions are welcomed home.“The boys had a great time, despite the language barrier; they blended well with the other teams,” said Head Coach Ricky Mabry. “They treated them like celebrities.”

Coach Mabry pointed out that while tournament rules allowed for only 12 players to be on the roster, he traveled with 18 players because he “wanted to give these kids another outlook on life.” He went on to explain that in order for all 18 students to get a chance on the hardcourt, he rotated team members to stay within the tournament’s 12-person limit.

“I picked this group of guys because they stuck into the concept of what a student-athlete is supposed to be,” he said. “I challenged this set of students mentally and physically. I believe that in order for a student to understand the concept of being a student-athlete, we have to reward them, so I do by trying to give them this kind of exposure.”

BCB Principal Carver Farrow traveled with the team. “Stick around BCB, you’ll find we do well in most of the sports,” he said. “However, it’s not all about the sports game; we make sure they do their work before they can play. It’s all about discipline and balance.”

The annual COPA Bacalar Tournament is sponsored by Gatorade. The BCB Blazers participated in the 15-and-under division.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Keeping our community informed is our top priority.
If you have a news tip to share, please call or text us at 340-228-8784.

Support local + independent journalism in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Unlike many news organizations, we haven't put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as accessible as we can. Our independent journalism costs time, money and hard work to keep you informed, but we do it because we believe that it matters. We know that informed communities are empowered ones. If you appreciate our reporting and want to help make our future more secure, please consider donating.