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Maloney, Diego Martin record Super 10 wins

Monday, January 13, 2014
Mackeson Super 10 Basketball League

Forwards Kyeon Joseph and D’ OMar Marin scored 20 and 19 points, respectively, in an effort which helped Maloney Pacers register a 78-69 win over Sangre Grande Young Stars when competition in the Mackeson Super 10 Basketball League continued on Friday night at the Maloney Sports Complex.


Pacers, which last made the play-off in 2007, fell behind after the first quarter 17-15, but quickly regrouped to outscore the opponent, 19-15, to enjoy a slender half-time lead at 34-32.


Marin then took over the third quarter with 10 points which included two three-pointer baskets. His effort guided Maloney to 22-9 run in the session that opened up a 56- 41 lead after three sessions of play.


But, Sangre Grande was not to be counted out with the likes of veterans in point-guard Richard Mungo and centres Gregory Alexander and Joel Cruickshank who provided on-court leadership, as the 1991 champions reduced a 15-point deficit to four points, courtesy of two successful three-point baskets (from Mungo) in the final three minutes of play.


However, Maloney closed out the contest with a 10-point run in the final two minutes.


For Sangre Grande, Mungo led the way with 12 points all from the three-point range, while Marlon Sylvester and Ricky Hazari each contributed nine points as their team lost for the fifth time in six matches.


In another key fixture Point-guard Sadiki Guerra scored a season-high 28 points, leading Diego Martin All Stars to a 76-62 win over Sangre Grande Young Stars.


Guerra’s points production comprised five three-point baskets giving Diego Martin a boost following Thursday night’s 105-99 over-time loss to Petro Jazz, dominated the match from the jump-ball.


Diego Martin led 21-14 after the first session, and was 37-23 ahead when half-time was called.


For the victors, guard Richard Guiseppe was the next best scorer with nine points. Eleven of the 12 players rosted for the match got on the score-sheet for Diego Martin.


For Sangre Grande, which played its second fixture in as many nights, Glendon Phillip claimed 17 points, while team-mate Occie Pierre added 13, as their team suffered a fifth loss in six matches.


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