Road to Mecca III…
By Treiston Joseph
Defending Champs, Trinity Grid Holding (TGH) Pacesetters and the Retrieve Raiders are the first two teams
Travis Burnett scores a lay-up on a fast break
into the semifinals of the Road to Mecca III National Club Basketball Championships when the quarterfinal round began on Friday evening at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
The Pacesetters topped the Half Mile Bulls 88-79 while the Raiders defeated the Victory Valley Royals (VVR) 69-71.
The Pacesetters turned the Sports Hall into a track meet as the defending champs pushed the pace of the ball at every opportunity, a strategy that the Bulls normally use to out-work their opponents.
However, Bulls with the three point shot not working, the Pacesetters rebounded well and utilised their speed to rack up the fast break points.
Travis Burnett top scored with 31 points to go along with nine assists and eight steals while Randy Richards had a double-double of 15 points and 16 rebounds. Stephon Gillis was hot from beyond the arc with five three’s on his way to 19 points in the win.
Keifer Tappin was the leading scorer for the Bulls with 19 points while their usual top scorer Terron Welch was kept quiet and could only muster 13 points. Kevin Easton also had 10 points in the loss.
Meanwhile in the night’s opening game, the Raiders fought off a stiff challenge from VVR to advance into the tournament.
Jason Alonzo led all scorers with 25 points while Dwayne Roberts had 23 to help down the Royals.
Royals scoring came from Harold Adams with 12 points while Marlon Pollydore and Ron Beckles had nine points each.
The tournament will continue with semifinal action on Sunday at the Sports Hall.