Oct 31, 2012 Sports
BOSAI Minerals Group Open Challenge Basketball…
– Kings keep hopes alive with 65-57 win over Flames
Retrieve Raiders scored a sensational 47-46 win over Amelia’s Ward Jets and maintained their unbeaten streak of wins in three matches, while the Jets controversially suffered their first loss as their national centre Shane Webster was ejected with only four fouls recorded to his name. The Kashif and Shanghai Kings registered their first win after three tries when the six team BOSAI Minerals Group (Guyana) Inc Open Challenge basketball championship continued on Sunday night at the Mackenzie Sports Club Hard Court.
Organised by the Linden Amateur Basketball Association, the Raiders led by national forward Neil Marks who had a game high 16 points, including three from ‘down town’, edged their rivals Jets in what was not an easy win. The Jets showed resolve in coming back after the Raiders had led 16-10 at the end of the first quarter at half time 29-18 as they seemed to be coasting towards another win at that stage.
However, as expected, the Jets were not to be outdone easily and they responded to the challenge being the number two ranked club behind reigning Linden champions Kashif and Shanghai Kings, as they faced a strong adversary in the Raiders.
As the third quarter began it was the Jets who took the game to the Raiders and it was a furious exchange as the lead changed hands to the delight of the appreciative crowd present. In the closing stages of the game it was guard Kevin ‘Two-Feet’ Joseph who nailed back-to-back three-pointers that allowed his Jets team to trail at the end of the third quarter 32-33.
The match had developed into a close encounter as was expected of two sides playing unbeaten so far in a championship and with 6mins:01secs left in the fourth stanza of the game the Jets nudged ahead 34-33 and successive inside penetration by national centre Shane Webster pushed them to a 40-37 advantage.
The Jets were flying high at this stage and with 3 mins.42 secs to go Joseph nailed another three-pointer for a 43-37 lead. Immediately Marks answered with one from outside and with 1min 30secs to go, Joseph drove the lane as the Jets were up 45-40.
Twin centre Allister Webster then executed a block against a shot attempt by the Raiders, but with 1:04 left Marks knocked in another from beyond the arc as the scores read 45-43 for the Jets.
As the Raiders made a run for it Alexander Rose was fouled and he missed the first of two freebies. His second free throw allowed his side to be within one point of the Jets trailing 44-45. Then, the Jets turned the ball over as the Raiders pressed forward and with just 25 secs remaining they had a turnover as the Jets kept up their defensive wall. With 21.8 secs to go an alert Dwayne ‘Brown Sugar’ Roberts intercepted at mid-court a Jets pass and in turn he dunked on break-away basket as the Raiders zipped past the Jets 46-45.
Marks was then fouled on a penetration and made one of two shots from the stripe for a 47-45 cushion, and with seconds ticking away Rodwell Pellew hit one of two free throws awarded, after being fouled with 2.9 secs remaining in the game as the Raiders eventually prevailed 47-46 for a memorable win.
Apart from Marks’ 16 points Roberts had eight and guard Sheldon Noel six for the winners. Shane Webster netted 12 points before his exit even though he was not fouled out (with five) with less than four minutes in the game remaining even after committing his fourth foul, Joseph had 11, Leonard Caleb contributed six and Allister Webster four for the Jets. Allister Webster then signed the score-sheet signaling an intention to protest the premature ejection of his brother Shane Webster in that game.
In the first game the Kashif and Shanghai Kings, the top ranked club in Linden kept their hopes alive of reaching the final four with a 65-57 win over the winless Block 22 Flames as Steve Neils (Jr.) led them with 19 points inclusive of three from beyond the arc, former national guard Marvin Hartman got 11 and national junior guard Orin Rose eight and former national forward Abdulla Hamid.
For the Flames, Quacy Richmond led them with 12 points, Selwyn Noble and Devon Morrison each had 10 and Patrick Clarke eight. Saturday night’s double header was not played due rain in Linden.
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