Bermuda team heading to Buffalo
Bermuda basketball players are set to play at the Hamburg Casino Event Centre in upstate New York where they will clash against fellow Bermudian Terence Dill’s Buffalo Warriors in Buffalo.
The Islanders will face Warriors in two matches, the first of which is tonight. The second will take place next Wednesday.
Included in Bermuda’s squad are Sullivan Phillips, Chris Crumpler and John Lee, with youngsters Vernon Lambe III and William Trott III also making the trek.
Crumpler, who is a veteran campaigner at the international level, is thrilled that the local contingent have a chance to test their skills outside of Bermuda.
“It’s always important to showcase Bermudians in any sport, but especially basketball,” he said. “Locals love the sport and we had almost 1,000 locals playing the sport this past year.
“It’s important for our local talent to get opportunities to play overseas it’s vital to their confidence in the local game.”
Crumpler added: “I feel good about our showcase in Buffalo this weekend.
“We have our core group, plus some young bucks. It’s time to hand over the torch and this is a great opportunity to do that.
“I don't play for fun, but to win and nothing is changing that.”
Former Devonshire Dragons player Dill is a co-owner of the Warriors. The Bermuda international previously played for Buffola Stampede in the Atlantic Coast Professional Baskeball League.
“I am so proud of Terence. It does my heart proud to see him being a positive influence in the world and making the most of opportunities,” said Crumpler.
“All of Bermuda is proud of him. I’m looking forward to seeing him and catching up.”
Dill, who is preparing Warriors for their upcoming season in the Fall, said he was happy to have his countrymen coming to New York and hopes they do well.
“It will be great to see the guys again and to see how they get on with the boys out here. I always wanted to have some Bermudians come out here and see how they will fare and I’m sure they will do well,” he said.
National coach Roderick Spencer added: “We are taking about 14 or 15 guys. All but three are players that have been part of our last Island Games and or Caribbean Basketball Conference teams with a few new faces that we are looking at.”
Travelling team: Aaron Jackson, Chris Crumpler, Jahvon Dean Jones, Jaren Haley, Jason Lowe, Jason Simons, John Lee, Shannon Thompson, Steven Simons, Sullivan Phillips, Te’Jour Riley, Vernon Lambe III, William Trott II