Visiting Surinamese champions Sociaal Culturele Vereniging Uitvlugt (SCVU) again proved too strong for local opposition as the club recorded its second win in two days, following a comfortable 86-70 over the Ministry of Sport (MOS) Schoolaz, in the Central Zone Basketball Commission’s (CZBC) Republic Day Weekend Regional Basketball Festival, on Saturday. SCVU, a record holding league champion club, defeated Shoolaz, at the Mayaro Indoor Sports Complex, two days after it crushed Central All Stars 88-52, in Mayaro. However, unlike Central All Stars, which was outclassed throughout their encounter, Super 10 club- Schoolaz started well and, in fact, held a slight advantage 17-16 after the first period. But, SCVU came out stronger in the second period and outscored Schoolaz 22-14 to hold a 38-31 lead at the half, and the Suriname club never slowed down.
SCVU scored a total of 48 points to Schoolaz 39 points in the final two quarters, for a comfortable win in the end. Sergio Panka, who scored 13 points against Central All Stars was more clinical with 19 points against Schoolaz. Ryan Russell scored 17 points, while Jason Fisher and Roberto Graanoogst scored 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the visitors. For MOS Schoolaz, forward Dillon Howell put in a strong performance with the day’s highest tally of 30 points. Ronell Winter followed with 14 points, with Ashton DeMurrell securing nine points. The Suriname club will be back in action today to complete its tour of T&T, with a highly anticipated clash with Super 10 Basketball League champions Defence Force.
The teams will meet at the Central Regional Indoor Sport Arena (CRISA), Chaguanas, from 7 pm. Preceding the featured match, Central All Stars will take on MOS Schoolaz, at 4 pm. Tomorrow, SCVU will return to Suriname, but before they do so, the club will pay a courtesy visit to the Minister of Sport, Anil Roberts at his O’Meara office. Both the president and vice-president of the Suriname Basketball Bond (Federation) are expected to have arrived in T&T today to meet with representatives of the National Basketball Federation of T&T (NBFTT) to discuss the possibility of forming a tournament for the top clubs of leagues within the region, something resembling a “Champions League.”