It’s been over a decade since the Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team have been involved in any international tournaments. Several top players have not yet donned the Red White and Black as mismanagement and infighting with the National Basketball Federation over the years have only resulted in the players being hurt, as they have been disappointed year after year as they missed the several CBC championships in the last decade. Four players will make history as they will form part of the first Trinidad and Tobago Senior 3×3 Team.
The 3×3 AmeriCup in Miami will start this weekend, and although it is not the traditional 5×5 team, any senior male national team to take part in a competition is worth celebrating. For one player especially, Adrian Joseph, this is a big deal. The Caledonia Clippers player has won everything there is to win locally, having won the North Zone and National Championships with Police in 2015 and then Caledonia Clippers in 2019-2020, Super 10 Championships with Petro Jazz in 2014 and the Hoop of Life in 2013 with LaRomaine. Now 37, this is Joseph’s first stint with a national team, already past his best years. The former NCAA player with Virginia Cavaliers is delighted to be playing for a national team. “It’s all about going out there and giving your best shot, representing something bigger than myself which is the Red Black And White” Joseph told Wavetvtt.com.
Naaython Lewis, who is another player making his Senior National debut said “it’s a major milestone, representing your country is something a lot of basketballers wish they can do”.
Also making his maiden national team is SOS dominating centre, Moriba De Freitas. Since returning to Trinidad a few years ago, the 31 year old has helped Straker Nets reach the 2017 North Zone finals (before he endured extreme physical play against Defence Force in the final), and first place in the 2018 Basketball for Basketballers Championship, before helping SOS become the fastest rising and one of the leading teams in the country, winning the 2019 East Zone in their first try, before winning the JCW league (2019) and second place in the 2019-2020 National Championships.
The teams will depart Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday.
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO MEN AMERICUP 3X3 TEAM:
Steven Lighter Lewis (Defence Force)
Moriba De Freitas (SOS)
Naython Lewis (Brian Chase Academy)
Adrian Joseph (Caledonia Clippers)
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO WOMEN AMERICUP 3X3 TEAM:
Kielle Connelly (Police)
Nikiya Baptiste (Brian Chase Academy)
Kristin Rampersad (University of Miami, USA)
Chervelle Cox (Central State University, USA)