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D Force, Nets clash in North Zone final
Forward Kyeon Joseph desired the shortest path to the final of the Men’s Big-Four for his Defence Force team in the North Zone Basketball League and his on court performance proved as such, helping them sweep the series, 2-0.
This after the army/coastguard combination unit secured an easy 111-72 victory in game two of the three-match series semifinal at the Jean Pierre Complex in Port-of-Spain on Saturday night. Defence Force won game one 82-68 to stretch its unbeaten record so far this season to seven matches.
The other finalist, Straker Nets, did the same in the other semifinal series but it was a much more competitive affair with University of T&T (UTT) leaving everything on the court but still fell to a narrow one-point (69-68) defeat.
Joseph, who is playing his first season for Defence Force, was one of five players reaching double-figures, scoring a match-high 24 points in a match his team led 29-13 after the first quarter; 58-32 at half-time and 81-49 after the third stanza.
The others assisting in the dominating win were Devon Waddle, who netted 16, and ten each from national forward Steven “Lighter” Lewis, Kerry McMillan and Reyon Wilson.
In the other semifinal, it was the accuracy of Joel Hinds at the free throw line in the final 25 seconds of play helped the Nets edge UTT by a point.
The diminutive point-guard scored 12 as well as his centre Allister Martin with shooting-guard Richard Guiseppi adding 10 for Nets, which won game one 80-70 a week ago.
The Nets jumped out to an 18-10 first quarter advantage, which swelled to 39-30 at half-time. However, UTT fought back in the third session with a 18-12 run which saw them closed the deficit to three points (48-51).
Both teams traded baskets in the final session as the game went down to the final seconds but it was the Starker emerging the winner.
The opening match in the three-match series final is on September 23.
However this weekend the finalists in the Boys Under-21 and U-16 divisions battle for supremacy. On Saturday, Detour Shak Attack meets Spartans Basketball Academy in the U-16 final while in the other youth divsion, Detour Shak Attack takes on Hawks Basketball Academy the following day.