Title favourites Retrieve Raiders easily took care of business in their opening game of the Road to Mecca National Club Basketball Championship when the knockout tournament continued on Saturday evening at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
Raiders trounced New Amsterdam Warriors 63-44 to claim an easy win as they displayed their superior post game.
Dwayne “Brown Suga” Roberts wasted little time in getting to work and dropped 16 points to go along with eight rebounds. Alexander Rose and Jason Alonzo had 11 points each in the win.
The heated action never slowed down on Saturday evening
Scoring for the losers came from Carlos Crandon with 10 points and nine rebound while Ramone Fodgenay had nine points.
Plaisance Guardians topped the Republic Banks Nets to move on in the tournament with a 72-62 win.
Nikkoloi Smith slashed his way to 29 points and nine rebounds to lead the Guardians while Michael Richards backed-up with 10 points.
Darrian Lewis 17 points along with Antwan Austin’s 16 points was not enough to help fuel the Nets to victory. Mortimer Williams also had 11 points.
Meanwhile Trevor Smith’s clutch three pointer with under three minutes to play ignited the Pepsi Sonics to a 73-64 win over the University of Guyana (UG) Trojans.
The game was back and forth with both teams answering offensive runs at different periods of the game to exchange lead.
Nevertheless with the game tied at 60 with under three minutes to play Smith’s dagger ignited a 10-4 run that closed out the game.
Smith ended with 15 points and seven rebounds while Jason Squires topped scored for the Sonics with 18 points and eight rebounds.
Kerwin Jackson also contributed 13 points while Earl O’Neil had 12 points and 14 rebounds as the Sonics had an all-round offensive showing.
Emanuel Archibald had a game high 23 points for UG while Ewart Smith had 22 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.