Tremaine Shaw feels good to be back in the Premier League again.
In his first game since serving a two and a half year ban for his role in a highly publicized 2012 brawl, Shaw helped Hilton Barbados Resort Warriors to a resounding 69-53 victory over Pan American Life Insurance Warrens Sports Club 69-53 in the Co-operators General Insurance knockout competition.
And while he might have only scored six points in his comeback game at the Wildey Gymnasium last night, the 23-year-old told Barbados TODAY he was just happy to be playing basketball.
“I’m feeling great. I was able to come back with a win and I’m just happy to be back playing basketball, which is something that I love,” he said just minutes after the win.
“To be honest I wasn’t really putting in a lot of work during that time. I was just going outside when the guys had practice, but mainly I was caught up with some schoolwork and other things,” Shaw added when asked how he had spent his time off the court.
The crafty floor general was among 10 players disciplined for leaving the bench after a fight ensued between Warriors and Cougars during a Premier League game at the Wildey Gymnasium in 2012.
Shaw had initially been served with a life ban, but that sentence was subsequently reduced by the Barbados Amateur Basketball Association’s executive council 13 months later.
However, his brother, Kirk was not as fortunate, as his life ban was not reduced.
An evidently bulkier and more muscular Shaw maintained that his main goal this season was to help Warriors win the Premier League title.
“Honestly I’d like Warriors to win the whole tournament and probably for myself I’d like to average about eight assists or so a game.
“Points is not really a problem for me once my team wins, I will be happy,” he explained.
For Warriors’ head coach Frederick Bynoe, having Shaw back on the team is a welcomed sight.
Bynoe, who has been in charge of the Dayrells Road side for the past 20 years, said Shaw was still a very skilled player who has the ability to perform at a high level.
“He knows how to control a game and he’s not a player who is limited in one area. He can shoot, or he can take out a player and carry the ball to the basket and that is what makes him so deadly and important to the team,” Bynoe stated.