– LTI make strong claim for 2011 title
By Edison Jefford
It became even clearer Friday evening that there will be a new champion in the Victory Valley Royals 2011 Schools’ Championships after defending champs, Linden Foundation slumped to their second straight defeat at the McKenzie Sports Club Court.
Unless there is an unprecedented transformation in fortune, Linden Foundation is heading out of the title race in the competition after the Linden Technical Institute (LTI) thrashed them 43-19 in their second game of the annual marquee tournament in Linden.
National junior players, guard, Marlon Pollydore and forward, Jeffrey LaRose unleashed a lethal offensive combination that proved unstoppable. Pollydore scored 13 points and LaRose 12 points to help LTI make a strong claim for the elusive title.
Marlon Persaud scored eight points for Linden Foundation while junior national player, Linden Fraser had seven points for the team that will play their next game against Christianburg/Wismar Secondary School tomorrow. They lost to Kwakwani last Monday.
The Linden Technical Institute had a simple strategy that Linden Foundation struggled to counter throughout the game; LTI isolated Pollydore and Jeffrey on offence, allowing them to play defence only at the half court before feeding them the basketball.
The tactic was devastating for Linden Foundation in the first half as LTI took a 28-3 points’ lead at halftime. The defending champs simply could not have found their way back in the game after the brutal first half offensive attack that left them way behind.
Coach of the Technical Institute unit, Royston Retemyer told Kaieteur Sport after the game that he is satisfied with his team’s performance because both their offensive and defensive Chemistry is working well. He said he anticipates tougher games in the tournament.
“The team is gelling and we have a reasonably high calibre of players this year. It is good that we are going out there and putting what we practiced in place. The team is listening and showing the necessary discipline to win games,” Retemyer indicated.
He said that there are some areas that they must improve but would not disclose such because he does not want to give much away to the opposition. Retemyer thinks that the elusive title and the championship trophy will be in their locker room after the tournament.
LTI will come against Wisburg Secondary tomorrow in their second game. Wisburg has already lost to New Silver-City Secondary and Christianburg/Wismar Secondary in their two games of a grossly competitive Victory Valley 2011 Schools’ Championships.
In the preceding game of the double-header on Friday, Christianburg/Wismar Secondary won 36-29 against Wisburg with Travin Dryden scoring 12 points and for Christianburg and Jamar Bethune nine for Wisburg Secondary.
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