Central McKenzie, Wismar embarrass Georgetown oppositions
- Plaisance/Vryheid’s Lust send defending champs packing
By Edison Jefford
Guyhoc/Tucville had said they needed just six players to beat Central McKenzie Saturday night in Linden, but they were horribly wrong as the top team from the Mining Town embarrassed the Georgetown opponents at the
McKenzie Sports Club court.
It was ironic that Guyhoc/Tucville would turn up with just six players against a quality team such as Central McKenzie. Their green uniforms that mirrored the Boston Celtics that lost the Eastern Conference Finals Saturday night was also another big irony.
It was clear that Central McKenzie wanted to make a statement after their narrow escape against Diamond/McDoom last Thursday night, and they did so emphatically with a huge 103-24 victory that ensured them the top seed in their group with an unbeaten record.
Centre, Shane Webster had 18 points while sharp-shooter, Orin Rose scored 17 points and Rawle Toney 15 points for Central McKenzie, who rested all its senior players after it had established a sizeable lead in the first two quarters of an otherwise crucial game.
Rayon Cummings scored eight points for Guyhoc/Tucville, who exited the tournament following the defeat. Central McKenzie with three wins, and Diamond/McDoom with two wins are the two teams advancing to the Super Eight round of the contest out of the group.
Central McKenzie went on the offensive immediately after jump-ball with Steve Neils Jr. nailing consecutive three-point jumpers and the ball making at least five stops before an attempt. Central McKenzie bewildered Guyhoc to go up 22-4 at the end of the first quarter.
It was a shooting exhibition from the top team in the second period with Marvin Hartman and the effervescent Rose landing jumpers from beyond the arc to extend the lead. Toney then scored the next two three-pointers before Rose hit again to drive the nails in the coffin.
Guyhoc/Tucville struggled against the stifling defence of the Central McKenzie unit, scoring just two points in the second period that ended 47-6. The third quarter began with an excellent feed at the top of the paint from Kevin ‘Two Feet’ Joseph to Jason Alonzo.
The move had the surgical precision of a Rajon Rondo assist, which got the full approval of their Central McKenzie base. The period ended 79-14 with supporters shouting “one hundred”, which encouraged their team to become the first in the competition to score 100 points.
Earlier in the night, the other Linden-based team in the National Community Basketball League (NCBL), Wismar had also impressed with an 86-56 win over BV/Melanie that ensured that they got to the next round of the competition, which starts tomorrow night.
Harold Adams scored 21 points while Chris Williams had 14 points. Marlon Pollydore and Leon Cameron scored 13 points each for Wismar. Kurtleigh English scored 17 points for BV/Melanie that was also booted from the national competition.
Meanwhile, in Georgetown, Plaisance/Vryheid’s Lust sent the defending champions from the last Inter-Ward, Albouystown/Charlestown packing with nail-biting win Sunday that continues to make the NCBL one of the most exciting basketball tournaments.
The game was built as a must-win for both teams and they brought their respective supporters to ensure the added boost, but it was Plaisance/Vryheid’s Lust, who transformed the last 22 seconds of the game into a win that placed them among the last eight teams.
Plaisance/Vryheid’s Lust won 72-71 after Albouystown/Charlestown failed to convert both free-throws with 3.5 seconds left in the game. The defeat left the last team to win an Inter-Ward title with one win, a walkover, from their allotted three games in the group.
The game was tied 70-70 with 22 seconds left in regulation time then both teams forced multiple turnovers before Gullen nailed a 15-foot jumper to give Plaisance/Vryheid’s Lust a 72-70 lead in the game. Kerwin Blades missed a clear lay-up to equalise before the missed free-throws.
Ron Campbell scored 20 points with Nikkoloi Smith and Steffan Gillis adding 14 points each for Plaisance. For Albouystown/Charlestown, Blades finished with 23 points, Devon Persaud 10 and Trevor McCleod nine points were the other main scorers for Albouystown.
In the first Game, Nigel Hinds and Associates North Ruimveldt defeated Kwakwani 92-60 as the two teams qualified for the Super Eight.