Both BLINK Brian Chase Academy (BCA) and Police eased through their respective opponents on Sunday to book its places in the final of the inaugural MACKESON Super 10 Basketball League (SBL) Women’s Knock-out competition. The two semifinal matches were played at the Jean Pierre Complex, Wrightson Road, with the feature match, the second of the evening, between BCA and 2010 national champion Courts Horizon, finishing 61-48 to the former team. It was the second victory for BCA in as many matches against the same opponents in just over a week. In the earlier encounter, Police Sports Club, which is currently on its best run in history, had little trouble disposing of Diego Martin All Stars 65-49. The wins for both clubs BCA and Police, saw them secure its first ever spot in a basketball final. Brian Chase, led by veteran shooting-guard and former national player Sharon Castanada, deservedly got its victory after leading the first three quarters 19-10, 29-27 and 41-35. Castanada had a strong match finishing on 13 points and nine rebounds, just behind Allyson Young who led with 15 points and seven rebounds. Current national centre Rachael King led all scorers with 16 points and 11 rebounds in a typically all-rounded performance for Horizon, while her teammate in forward Natalie Peters bagged 13 points and took eight rebounds.
Dominant Police knocks Diego Martin All Stars 65-49
Prolific forward Rhonda John-Davis continued her fine run of form, helping her team Police Sports Club record a 65-49 win over Diego Martin All Stars in the opening MACKESON Super 10 Basketball League women’s knock-out match, on Sunday night. Despite a valiant effort, Diego Martin was unable to keep Police’s formidable attack at bay, as they did a week ago in its 58-47 quarterfinal win over Defence Force. Diego Martin was led by the young, talented Anika Nottingham who only managed 13 points and Shanel Gordon who took nine. John-Davis finished on 28 points and secured nine rebound, while she was supported by Leslie-Ann Bacquain, who bagged 10 points and six rebounds. Police SC, securing its first ever spot into a basketball final, will be up against BCA which overpowered Courts Horizon 61-48 in the feature semi-final match on Sunday. The final will be played this evening from 7 pm, before the feature match of the night which will see Sando Petro Jazz and the University of T&T (UTT) battle in the Men’s Knock-out final at 8.30 pm.