-moves atop table in its group, through to next round
By Edison Jefford
As Kaieteur Sport had considered in its pre-game preview, Albouystown/Charlestown just didn’t have the usual fortitude necessary to stave off Lodge/Meadowbrook, who assured its place in the next round of the National Community Basketball League (NCBL) with a hard fought, but clinical victory.
The Guinness Bar-sponsored Lodge/Meadowbrook beat the defending Inter-Ward Champions, Digicom-sponsored Albouystown/Charlestown 58-51, to move atop the table in its group after it had also secured a nail-biting win against Plaisance/Vryheid’s Lust last week.
Forward, Darrion Lewis was again among the offense for Lodge/Meadowbrook top scoring with 16 points with guard, Antwaun Austin with 12 points and forward Mortimer Williams adding 10 points for the unbeaten team in the nation-wide competition.
For Albouystown/Charlestown, Marvis Hillman had 10 points, Nicko Fraser had nine points and Trevor McCleod added eight points. One of strengths of the Albouystown team has been players who appeared as guests for the team, but that is not possible this year.
The game was extremely aggressive and defensive as expected with both teams matching strides on both ends of the Court. Lewis threw a perfect lobbed pass to Pelham Doris who went baseline for a smooth lay-up that put Lodge up 21-20 five minutes before halftime.
The teams continued to exchange points on offense before Williams led an offensive onslaught at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall Tuesday night that propelled Lodge to a 49-38 points’ lead at the end of the penultimate period of regulation time.
Albouystown rallied to within four points, 55-51, in the fourth quarter with guard Devon Persaud hitting some big jumpers and Fraser taking more possession of the ball. But it was not enough to stage a comeback as Lodge rightly placed the ball in Doris’ hands to close out the game.
In the first game, Nigel Hinds and Associates-sponsored North Ruimveldt routed the West Side Boys 84-43 with the West Side Boys proving no match for North Ruimveldt with Yusuf Edghill scoring 30 points, Jason Squires 13 points and Damian Liverpool 13 points.
Koel Bentick scored 13 points for the West Side Boys. The NCBL continues tonight at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall from 7pm with New Amsterdam taking on the lethal Universal Group of Companies Wortmanville/Werk-en-Rust.
In the second game, Tucville/Guyhoc plays Antarctic Maintenance Alberttown/Bourda with the two teams looking to record their first victory in the tournament. The Coordinators of the event has upped the ante and will be showing the NBA Playoffs live on a big screen at the venue so the patrons won miss the Conference Finals currently underway.
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