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Laventille puts Hoop of Life title on line
Representatives from 24 teams, including six new challengers, will assemble for the second round draw of the Hoop of Life Community Basketball League, tomorrow, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Wrightson Road, where they will be hoping for the easiest possible route toward the top prize of $1.5 million.
The second phase is in a knockout format, which will run until the semifinals, which will be contested as home and away play-offs.
Six new communities, St Joseph, La Horquetta, Santa Flora, Penal, Cap de Ville and Scarborough have played their way into the second round, following the conclusion of the preliminary round.
The 24 teams have booked their places in the next round by virtue of either winning or placing second in their respective five-team sectors.
Defending champion, Laventille, despite having been defeated by Morvant 84-72 earlier in the first round meeting, will put its title on the line alongside Caledonia just as they did last year. Laventille’s main challenge in the North Sector was from Caledonia which it defeated 2-0 (71-64 and 64-52) in the two-match series.
There is no change in the North West Sector with Diego Martin finishing first after an eight match unbeaten run which is an improvement from last year. Diego Martin is looking forward to the second round after being stunned by Bethel of Tobago at the River Estate Basketball Court, Diego Martin last season.
St Joseph took the North East Sector with seven wins in eight matches. The team’s only blot was a 93-74 loss to San Juan. La Horquetta, which is led by former junior national centre Miguel Williams, finished second to Maloney in East Sector II. La Horquetta also recorded a default win over Maloney.
South Sector I will be represented by two new communities in Santa Flora and Penal. Santa Flora lost just once, a 69-68 setback to Penal. In fact, the two teams played exciting basketball during their campaign. Their second round match-up ended 83-81 in favour of Santa Flora out at Bennette Village.
Cap-de-Ville will accompany La Brea which enjoyed a bye in the first edition but failed against Arima. Gonzales Blazers denied the team a perfect record in South Sector III with a 60-57 triumph.
Canaan/Bon Accord which made it to the quarterfinal in the inaugural league will be joined by Scarborough from Tobago Sector I, while Mason Hall and Moriah will carry the flag and pride of Tobago Sector II.
The 24 communities are, Laventille, Caledonia, Diego Martin, Cocorite, St Joseph, San Juan, Enterprise, Longdenville, Siparia, Penal, La Romaine, Marabella, La Brea, Cap-de-Ville, Guayaguayare, Rio Claro, Maloney, La Horquetta, Sangre Grande, Valencia, Canaan Bon Accord, Scarborough, Mason Hall and Moriah.
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