– new champs to be crowned
Linden’s Retrieve Raiders and Georgetown Colts will face each other for the Road to Mecca III National Club
Dwayne Roberts goes up for an ease deuce during his game winning performance
Basketball title after both teams won their respective semifinals on Sunday at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
The Colts routed Dynas Ravens 81-59 on their way to the final while the Raiders ousted defending champs, Trinity Grid Holding (TGH) Pacesetters from the tournament with a 65-55 win.
It was the Dwayne Roberts show in the fourth quarter as he scored nine of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Raiders to the final against the Pacesetters.
Raiders employed a great defensive strategy to hamper Pacesetter’s offensive attack as they played a low 2-3 zone defence giving the Pacesetters freedom to shoot while collapsing their defence on penetrative drives.
With the Pacesetters having no go to man in the post and their shooters having a cold night while their start player Travis Burnett penetrative ability was taken away with the low zone defence, the defending champs simply could not hang with the Raiders who pummeled them on the low block while hitting the occasional dagger.
Roberts along with his 17 points had 12 rebounds to end with a double-double while Jason Alonzo was a beast in the paint with 15 boards and 10 points. Keon Cameron had 11 points and eight steals in the win as well.
Sherland Legal was best scorer for the Pacesetters with 15 points, 10 rebounds and seven assist while Stephon Gillis who was hot from beyond the arc in the last game with five threes could only muster nine points. Burnett could only must six points in the loss.
Meanwhile in the earlier game, the Colts routed the Ravens to steamroll their way into the final.
Stanton Rose had a big game for the Colts dropping 27 points and 11 rebounds, taking advantage of a defence that played him too tight in man-to-man coverage.
Shelroy Thomas was in great shooting touch as well dropping 17 points while Dave Causeway and Kurt English had 11 and 10 points respectively in the win.
Stephney who has a brilliant fourth quarter display in the quarterfinals dropped a team high 21 points in the loss while Dominic Vincente had 15 points as well.
The tournament will continue on March 19 with the final when the Ravens take on the Pacesetters in the third place showdown from 19:00h while the Raiders and Colts clash from 21:00h at the Sports Hall.