ST. THOMAS — Two of the British Virgin Islands’ top high school boys basketball teams came away with dominating wins Friday in the opening day of the 26th annual IAA/McDonald’s Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational tournament.
Tortola’s Elmore Stoutt High rolled over St. Thomas’ All Saints Cathedral 55-9 in Friday’s opening game at Ivanna Eudora Kean High School’s Digna Wheatley Gymnasium, followed by Tortola’ V.I. School of Technical Science crushing St. Thomas’ Ss. Peter and Paul 57-12.
In Friday’s other boys game, St. Croix’s Free Will Baptist downed Tortola’s Bregado Flax Educational Centre 46-21.
The results of Friday night’s final boys game between St. Thomas’ Antilles School and St. Croix’s Central High were not available as of press time.
In the day’s lone girls game, Charlotte Amalie High defeated St. Thomas rival Ivanna Eudora Kean High 34-23.
More on Friday’s games at the MLK Jr. Invitational:
Elmore Stoutt High 55, All Saints Cathedral 9: The Rams, from Tortola, opened Friday’s tournament play with a runaway victory over the Vikings.
Elroy Bollers singlehandedly outscored All Saints Cathedral (0-1) with a game-high 15 points for Elmore Stoutt High (1-0), with Khalique Bradley making three 3-pointers and had 11 points in the fourth quarter.
DeVante Callwood had five points to lead the Vikings, who trailed 24-3 at the half and made only two field goals the entire game.
V.I. School of Technical Science 57, Ss. Peter and Paul 12: V.I. Tech (1-0) opened with a 17-0 run in the first quarter to put Friday’s win over the Jaguars (0-1).
V.I. Tech went on to lead 29-9 at the halftime break, then put the game away by outscoring Ss. Peter and Paul 28-3 over the final two quarters.
No information was available on the leading scorers for either V.I. Tech or the Jaguars.
Free Will Baptist 46, Bregado Flax Educational Centre 21: The Warriors (1-0) dominated from the start, leading by 21 points in the first half en route to their tournament opening win over Bregado Flax (0-1).
Free Will Baptist bolted to a 17-2 lead by the end of the first quarter, and went up 30-9 at the halftime break.
No information was available on the leading scorers for the Warriors or Bregado Flax.
Charlotte Amalie High 34, Ivanna Eudora Kean High 23: The Lady Hawks (1-0) used a big second and third quarter to take the lead and pull away from their island rivals Lady Rays (0-1).
Ivanna Eudora Kean High led 7-4 at the end of the first quarter, but Charlotte Amalie High took the lead with a 17-5 run in the second quarter.
Now ahead 21-12 at the half, the Lady Hawks extended their lead into double digits with a 7-3 run.
No information was available on the leading scorers for either Charlotte Amalie High or Ivanna Eudora Kean High.
What’s next: The opponents for five of today’s games have been set — four in the boys division and one in the girls division (Central High will play Ivanna Eudora Kean High at 3:45 p.m.)
In the other games, St. Croix’s Educational Complex High will take on Elmore Stoutt High at 9 a.m.; Ivanna Eudora Kean High opens against V.I. Tech at 10:15 a.m.; Charlotte Amalie High faces Free Will Baptist at 11:30 a.m.; and All Saints Cathedral plays Bregado Flax Educational Centre at 12:45 p.m.
Consolation- and championship-round games will continue through today and into Sunday.
The championship games in both the boys and girls divisions will be played Monday morning.