Dwayne Roberts’ dominance in the post helped the Retrieve Raiders to a thrilling 80-78 victory over the Half Mile Bulls to bring the curtains down on the inaugural Linden Amateur Basketball Association (LABA)/ 104.3 Power FM Mashramani Open basketball championship on Saturday night at the Mackenzie Sports club hard court.
Roberts stamped his signature on this final as he played like a beast in the post.
Stacked up against this new breed of transition players who have shown an ability to run opponents out of their game plan, Roberts’ dominance in the middle was too much to handle.
The back and forth game was kept for the majority of the time in the half court as the Raiders were able to slow the pace of the game for periods at a time which allowed Roberts to operate down low.
Roberts walked away with the Most Valuable Player award for his 24 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks despite a tournament high 41 points from Bulls’ guard Terron Welch who was on fire from the field.
Keon Cameron netted 16 points, six steals and four assists while Abdulla Hamid 16 points and five rebounds and Marvin Hartman 10 points and four rebounds in the win for the Raiders.
Meanwhile the third place playoff game was won by Victory Valley Royals who defeated Amelia’s Ward Jets 62-53 after they had a 12-19, first quarter lead. The Jets took control at the end of the second quarter 27-22 and was ahead when the third quarter ended 40-35 but could not hold on to eventually lose the game.
For the Royals, Trevor Profitt had 17 points and Alwyn Rodney 11 while Harold Adams was held to seven points.
For the Jets, Vibert Benjamin led with 14 points and Joel Webster added nine points.
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