UVI starts basketball season 2-1 in Puerto Rico


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University of the Virgin Islands senior guard Wilson Ferrance scored a game-high 21 points in a 72-64 win over University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo on Friday.

It was the Buccaneers third game in as many days to start the season against conference foes in Liga Atletica Interuniversitaria. The team finished 2-1 for the first time in the Chicarron Tournament at UPR-Bayamon. Of the 21 LAI teams, 16 competed in the 37th annual tournament.

Ferrence and teammate Amali Krigger each chipped in with a game-high nine rebounds. Ferrance was 4-for-5 from long range, and senior Max Cymerint added 17 points as one of four Bucs in double figures. Melvin Adamson had the team's lone double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

UVI first-year coach Ryan Skinner was impressed by his team's performance.

"Again, the seniors stepped up," Skinner said in a press release. "This was the third game in three days. Players were fatigued, but grinded it out."

The tournament started Wednesday, and UVI dropped a 76-41 game to UPR-Bayamon. Rust was apparent as the Bucs had not played since Dec. 17. UVI had 22 turnovers and shot just 16-for-46.

"Guys were rusty and didn't know what to expect," Skinner said. "Everyone played poorly and were sloppy."

The team rebounded with a 67-57 win over UPR-Humacao on Thursday. Ferrance was one of three Bucs in double figures and finished with a team-high 12 points. Jerrick Amaro had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

"Our seniors played a huge role in getting the guys back together," Skinner said. "It was a close game the entire way. Our defense was able to get some key stops. Our guys played well together. Scoring was very evenly distributed."

The Bucs play at American University of Puerto Rico on Feb. 2. An official date for the team's first home game has not been set.

- Contact Tim Chapman at 714-9102 or tchapman@dailynews.vi.

Box scores

Wednesday

UPR-Bayamon 76, UVI 41

UVI 9 11 9 12 - 41

UPRB 21 22 14 19 - 76

UVI: Max Cymerint 7, Wilson Ferrance 6, Trevonte La Rose 6, Amali Krigger 6, Jerrick Amaro 6, Salim Ross 4, Melvin Adamson 4, Dornel Weaver 2. Totals: 16 4-14 46.

UPRB: Victor Caratini 17, Carlos Ramos 13, Victor Hernandez 10, Jeshua Ayala 8, Jorge Uriarte 7, Hector Garcia 6, Jose Isaac 6, Jorge Santos 4, Bryan Melendez 3, Peter Ruiz 2. Totals: 29 13-17 76.

Thursday

UVI 67, UPR-Humacao 57

UVI 14 19 16 18 - 67

UPRH 19 8 20 10 - 57

UVI: Wilson Ferrance 12, Jerrick Amaro 11, Salim Ross 10, Trevonte La Rose 8, Max Cymerint 8, Dornel Weaver 8, Raydell Denis 6, Amali Krigger 2, Melvin Adamson 2. Totals: 22 19-28 67.

UPRH: Jeffrey Santiago 23, Kelvin Navarro 12, Keny Mojica 9, Jeffrey Almestica 4, Alberto Rivera 4, Axel Ortiz 3, Rodney Colon 2. Totals: 18 18-26 57.

Friday

UVI 72, UPR-Arecibo 64

UVI 7 27 16 22 - 72

UPRA 15 14 22 64 - 64

UVI: Wilson Ferrance 21, Max Cymerint 17, Melvin Adamson 11, Amali Krigger 10, Jerrick Amaro 8, Dornel Weaver 2, Raydell Denis 2, Trevonte La Rose 1. Totals: 28 12-22 72.

UPRA: Luis Ruiz 17, Kevin Soto 16, Edwin Cabrera 12, Steven Ramos 6, Rene Lopez 6, Samuel de Jesus 6, Giancarlo Cabrera 1. Totals: 24 9-18 64.

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