Letter to the Sports Editor…This Int. Basketball tourney should be dedicated to the late Deryck Boyd
Although players of the calibre of Stephen Nurse, Willie Hodges, Gordon Klaiber,
Keron McKenzie, Wayne Bristol and Pierre Goddette produced outstanding performances for DC Jammers against Guyana at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, the player from Washington that Basketball diehards always remembered when there is a DC Jammers vs Guyana series is Deryck Boyd.
The 6/8 forward was flamboyantly dominant in his debut series against Guyana and a New York / New Jersey selection in June (2000).
In the series opener against the Guyana National Team Boyd was spectacular, he scored 17pts grabbed nine rebounds and blocked 4 shots – enroute to a Jammers 88 to 79 points victory. In game two he again scored 17pts and had 15 rebounds as Jammers defeated New York – New Jersey 93 to 62 pts.
Against the Guyana President’s X1 he scored 21pts and grabbed 7 rebounds in a game the Jammers won 83 to 78. So it was no surprise when the name Deryck Boyd was announced in the Lugard Mohan led squad for the 2000 Caricom championship in Barbados.
In Guyana’s opening win at the 13th Caricom Championship in Bridgetown against Antigua and Barbuda, Boyd had 8 pts, 6 rebounds, 5 steals and two blocks. In a losing cause against hosts Barbados, Boyd top scored with 20 pts in a game Guyana lost 86 – 69.
And in the game for the Bronze medal against defending champs Belize he supported skipper Lugard Mohan who top scored with 26 pts, but it was Boyd’s all round performance which ensured Guyana finished third. He scored 10 pts and grabbed 14 rebounds. Boyd died in a vehicle accident while playing professional Basketball in Israel 2004.