Mar 22, 2013 Sports
– Buxton Heat continue run
By Edison Jefford
A worrying trend for Colts became apparent Wednesday night when the top bracket first division club slipped to its second straight loss on Burnham Court in the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) Division I League.
Colts collapsed in the second half as they did against Pacesetters last weekend to develop a trend that should worry their Coaches.
The collapse allowed Republic Bank Nets to trap them for a 71-59
win that continued Nets’ local ascendency.
Veteran guard/forward, Pelham Doris came good for Nets with 21 points while Darrion Lewis 16 points and Hodayah Stewart 14 points offered support for the team that now boast a 3-1 win-loss record for third in the League so far behind Ravens and Pacesetters.
Dave Causway had 21 points and Sheldon Thomas scored 10 points for Colts that slipped to a 2-2 record following the loss. The reformed Colts went into the clash with an impressive record of toppling top teams in Georgetown since its re-emergence last year.
From the first half, it seemed as though they were on track to continue those performances with a hot offensive start; Nicko Fraser finished a turn-around jumper in the paint, after Thomas landed a three-pointer to help Colts take an early 9-2 in the game.
However, Nets as was developed throughout the game kept coming back after Colts runs, which eventually frustrated Colts. Lewis threw up a three-point jumper to equalise at 9-9 with less than four minutes to play in the first quarter.
Thomas finished a fast-break layup that allowed Colts to take a two-point lead.
An intense battle on both ends of the court allowed three scoreless minutes to elapse. The initial period ended 11-9 in favour of Colts that was on an early rampage.
Fabian Johnson finished five points in a minute and a half to give Nets a 14-11 lead, but that was not enough to put Colts away early.
Causway dished a no-look pass to Alwyn Bellamy cutting on the baseline to again equalise 15-15 as a measured battle ensued.
Fraser completed yet another fast-break while Colts pressed for steals then Thomas drilled a big three-point jumper for a 20-15 lead midway through the second quarter. Causway continued his onslaught to lead Colts to a 25-21 lead at halftime.
It was the only two competitive quarters of the game since Republic Bank Nets took control from the third period, outscoring Colts 30-17 in the penultimate period of regulation time.
Nets gave a deflated Colts no chance to unwind from its fourth quarter trap.
In the first game, Buxton Heat continued its run in the Division III League, improving its record to 3-1 with an impressive 59-50 win against Plaisance Guardians. Quincy Newton had 22 points with A. Williams putting up 11 points. For Plaisance, Kelvin Yorrick had 15 points as the team’s slide down the League ladder got some assistance.
The GABA Division I and III League continue tonight on Burnham Court with another double-header.
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