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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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Marabella, Laventille in Hoop of Life action
Laventille and Marabella, the reigning champion and runner up in the Hoop of Life Community Basketball League, respectively, will clash in the two-matches Round-of-16 knockout stage tonight and on Wednesday. The winner will advance to the quarter-final. The first match is booked for St Barb’s Basketball Court, Laventille from 7.30 pm.
Marabella defeated Diego Martin 86-77 at River Estate, Diego Martin, on Saturday night to disappoint the home fans for a second year running. In the first edition, Diego Martin was stunned by Bethel of Tobago at the same venue in a sudden-death contest.
For Marabella, forward Ako Pascall scored 14 of his match-high 33 points in the final quarter. He got support from centre Damian Caton, who scored nine points but worked tirelessly on the defence gathering many rebounds.
For Diego Martin which trailed 21-26, 35-41 and 54-64 after three sessions of play, guards Sadiki Guerra and Richard Guiseppi scored 17 and 10 points, respectively.
In Tobago, twenty-four hours after thrashing Valencia 101-62, St Joseph suffered a reverse fate when they were over-run by Canaan/Bon Accord, 111-78, at the Canaan Basketball Court, on Saturday night.
Players from both teams executed some exquisite moves and scored some three-point bombers that kept the fans chanting for more. The highlight of the encounter was undoubtedly forward Jonathan Weeks’ powerful dunk on Canaan/Bon Accord’s Richard Alleyne.
The six-foot plus player who boasts great ball-handling skills collected a rebound, went coast-to-coast, and after negating traffic, rose to put down a one-hand “tomahawk dunk” on defender Alleyne, who contested the shot. The home fans showed their appreciation by screaming and celebrating.
Jonathan Potts played like a man possessed as he challenged defenders to score difficult and easy lay-ups and jump-shots. He also was robust on defence coming up with many defensive rebounds. Potts finished with a match high 30 points.
He had good support from Randell Moore with 25 points and Under-21 player, Valdez Perez, who contributed 18 points.
Weekes led St Joseph’s attack with 27 points, Kendell Gill netted 15 and Calvert Spence 12. St Joseph need to win by 34 points in the return match is on tonight at Mt Hope Basketball Court. Jump-ball is 7.30 pm.
Meanwhile, three player provided the spark that Guayguayre Trotters needed to turned back Penal, 74-66 in a sudden-death match att Lands Basketball Court, Warrick Street, New Lands Village, Guayaguayare,on Saturday night.
For Guaya Trotters which led the first stanza 16-12 before going up 29-27 at half-time and a slim 48-47 lead after three sessions of play, forward Jerren Arneaud topped the team’s scoring with 22 points, while team-mates Roxell Watson and Daryl La Foucade added 17 each.
For Penal which battled from the jump-ball, Andrew Samuel put his shooting skills on disply with 19 points. Terron Baptiste netted 14. Guaya will now face the unbeaten La Romaine in a Round of 16, home-and-away match-up.
Caledonia def San Juan, 77-65
La Horquetta def Rio Claro, 76-55
St Joseph def Valencia, 101-62
Marabella def Diego Martin, 86-77
Maloney def Cocorite by default
Guayaguayare def Penal, 74-66
Canaan/Bon Accord def St Joseph, 111-78
La Brea v Maloney, La Brea, 7.30 pm
Laventille v Marabella, St Barb’s, Laventille, 7.30 pm
La Horquetta v Mason Hall, La Horquetta, 7.30 pm
Caledonia v Sangre Grande, Paradise Heights, 7.30 pm
Santa Flora v CapdeVille, Bennette Village, 7.30 pm
La Romaine v Guayaguayare, Lucky St, 7.30 pm
La Brea v Maloney, La Brea, 7.30 pm
Marabella v Laventille, Marabella, 7.30 pm
Guayaguayare v La Romaine, Newland, Guayaguayare, 7.30 pm
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