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Laventille beats Marabella to reach quarters
Marabella’s quest for a second shot at the Hoop of Life championship worth $1.5 million dollars came to an end when the team was beaten by rival Laventille in match two of the two-part series, 90-88, in the Hoop of Life Community Basketball League programme, on Saturday.
Both Laventille and Marabella contested the 2012-2013 finals, which Laventille United won 2-0 and continued from where they left off in the team’s round-of-16 match-up. Laventille won the first match 100-77 a week ago at St Barb’s Basketball Court, Laventille.
In the return match, on Saturday night out at Vistabella Sports Complex, the host had to win by 24 points to deny Laventille a place in the last eight. However, it was the visitors who ensured that it was a close contest as the first quarter ended with both teams evenly matched at 24. Marabella then opened a five-point lead at the halfway mark (50-45) and the tables then turned in the third session of play with Laventille taking a 69-65 lead.
The teams traded basket in the fourth stanza which proved insufficient for Marabella. Former national junior centre Ashton Demurrell and national forward Steven “Lighter” Lewis scored 17 and 16 points, respectively, as the team sets-up a date with Santa Flora.
For Marabella which lost for the fourth consecutive time to Laventille, forward Corey Pascal led all scorers with 32 points, while centre Damian Caton sank 13.
Scarborough def Longdenville, 60-52
Cap-de-ville def Moriah, 70-53
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 Horquetta def Mason Hall, 104-74
Cap-de-Ville def Santa Flora, 54-52
Laventille def Marabella, 100-77
La Horquetta vs Mason Hall - Did Not Finish
Caledonia def Sangre Grande, 77-65
Santa Flora def Cap-de-Ville, 59-46
La Romaine def Guayaguayare, 88-85
Maloney def La Brea, 111-69
Guayaguayare def La Romaine, 101-69
Caledonia def Sangre Grande, 82-76
Maloney def La Brea, 86-40
St Joseph def Canaan/Bon Accord, 126-64
Scarborough vs Enterprise - Did Not Play
Laventille def Marabella, 90-88
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