Akheem ‘Fatto’ Boyd, is ready to give his best, as he is part of a strong Trinidad and Tobago Under 23 team to take part in the Pan Am Junior Games in Cali, Colombia. ‘Fatto’ is joined by his twin brother, Akheel, more known as ‘Smally’, Jael Lewis, and Jelani Valley.
Akheel and Akheem made a grand entrance to the Trinidad and Tobago basketball 4 years ago, when they were part of a young Maloney Pacers team that won the hearts of local basketball fans with excellent performances in the first season of Barry Stewart’s Basketball for Basketballers Basketball League. Their best performance was a surprise win over then North Zone Champions Defence Force, with ‘Smally’ dribbling and drives to the basketball upstaged the veteran stars Steven ‘Lighter’ Lewis and Derrick Boxhill.
The Boyd brothers then joined the Stories of Success Basketball team, led by Kern George, who built a solid, young, and new-age basketball around the twins, who were the faces of the new team in the East Zone. In just their first season in East Zone First Division basketball in 2019, they won the East Zone, finishing unbeaten, with the twins leading them to wins over rivals Maloney Pacers and the experienced Valencia Heat along the way.
Their next assignment was winning the JCW Basketball League in Pleasantville will the twins showcasing their ‘showtime’ basketball to the Southland, beating new North Zone champions Caledonia Clippers in the Semi-Final series, until the Clippers got revenge in the National Basketball Championships, winning the finals 2-0.
Highlights of SOS vs Strake Nets can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V29ekkNEZ18&t=1s
Together, the Boyd twins know how to not only win but to entertain. Now joined by Valley and Lewis, Trinidad and Tobago can do great things in Cali.
The team took part in a photoshoot on Friday, where ‘Fatto’ explained that he is ready to “push forward and make my community (Maloney) a better community”.
Jelani Valley, who is the ‘big’ in the team added their goal is to “go out there and dominate, it’s our chance to put Trinidad and Tobago on the map”.
The lone Pacers player in the team, Jael Lewis, promised that “great things are going to happen”. With the talent overflowing in this team, we will not be doubting Jael, as this history-making team is ready to set the Pan Am Junior Games on fire.