The Retrieve Raiders and Victory Valley Royals (VVR) basketball clubs were the first two teams to record victories in the Trophy Stall-sponsored 2012 Linden Amateur Basketball Association (LABA) League.
The League, which features seven teams participating, was initially slated to get on the way last Friday, but persistent rainfall prevented play. However, when the tournament did got underway,
Raiders got the better of Block 22 Flames 73–28 in the first game while Royals easily eclipsed Half Mile Bulls 87–44. The Raiders, who now features national forward, Dwayne ‘Brown Sugar’ Roberts in their line-up, after the player made his exodus to Linden to play, led 23–4 at the end of the first quarter and then closed the half up 24 points (39–15).
Roberts only played the first half and ended with six points, but another national player, Neil Marks, piloted his team offence and ended with 15 points while Omar Sam had 12 points.
Raiders restricted the Flames to only 13 second half points and none of the players from the team based in the Block 22 area were able to reach double digits; Shawn Cameron netted seven and guard, Quincy Richmond scored five points.
In the second clash of the double header, the game started as a seemingly close contest, but ended up in a blow-out as Royals, the defending League champions, underscored the dominance that gave them the title early in the tournament.
Royals won every period, leading 16–12 at the end of the first quarter then 36–22 at halftime. Led by the quartet, Chris Williams, Orlan Glasgow, Marlon Pollydore and Harold Adams, Bulls found it difficult getting into the paint and had to resort to taking outside shots.
Adams finished with a game high 24 points and kept Bulls out of the game as the Half Mile team trailed 28–59 at the end of the third quarter.
Williams, displayed his marksman-like aim from beyond the arc in hitting three of five attempts made and finished with 17 points while Pollydore, a junior national point guard, was a bother for his opponents on both ends of the floor and finished with 12 points with point guard, Julius ‘J’ Carter scoring an entertaining 10 points.
Michael Turner, Bulls’ prime scorer, tried his best to help his team over a tough Royals unit, scoring most of his 16 points in the second half. Keon Cameron (6) and Mark Rose (5) were the other top scorers for Bulls.
The tournament continued last evening at the same venue with Amelia’s Ward Jets facing Royals and Kashif and Shanghai Kings coming up against Retrieve Raiders.
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