Mar 26, 2013 Sports
By Edison Jefford
Hanging on to the number four spot in the Division I category of the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) League proved a self-inflicted uphill climb for Colts when the club turned up with six players to play Plaisance Guardians Sunday night.
Andrew Hercules, Coach of the Guardians, must have been smiling when he noticed that vain development. However, a herculean effort from scoring sensation, Shelroy Thomas turned what seemed to be inevitable defeat into victory.
The Burnham Basketball Court became a hive of activity midway through the League with new sound system, Pier One International setting an entertaining atmosphere throughout the night that featured Plaisance Guardians and Colts in the last of four games on the night.
Guard Shelroy Thomas was completely destructive from beyond the arc for Colts, notching the highest score of the first division competition to-date with a 34-point performance that ensured his Colts beat Guardians 76-74 with just six players.
It is perhaps alright to ignore that a top ranked first division club in the capital city can turn up to an important game and win with six players. Such a win must have done a bunch of good for the egos of a club on the ascendancy in Georgetown.
It was a youthful, running effort that Guardians struggled to outplay. Thomas simply ensured that the offence was on him, and allowed Guardians to self-destruct. His brother Sheldon Thomas had 22 points for a team that was missing all of its big men.
There was no Nicko Fraser, Alwyn Bellamy, Dane Kendall and Marvis Hilliman. The youngsters so to speak, had to do it alone, and they delivered for a 3-2 win loss record for Colts that allowed them to remain number four behind Nets, Ravens and Pacesetters.
For Plaisance Guardians, a team with a decent structure and notable players, veteran point guard, Enoch Matthews scored 23 points while Nicholas Cassius had 13 points to continue a dismal run for the team in the 2013 Season-opening GABA League.
In the other Division I game, Trinity Grid Holdings (TGH) Pacesetters improved their record to 4-0 with an 83-55 thrashing of Knights. Travis Burnett scored 19 points, Stephan Gillis14 points, Naylon Loncke 11 points and Keith Tute 11 points for Pacesetters. Owan Walton had 21 points for Knights.
In the Division III Games, Eagles defeated Republic Bank Nets 81-57 with Courtney Taylor putting up14 points and Quincy Gordon and Kadeem Jacobs 13 points each. For Nets, Wayne Lashley had 17 points.
Plaisance Guardians defeated West Side Jammers 71-50 with Nduka Horatio scoring 19 points in the effort and Solomon Matthews adding 12 points. Quincy Gibson scored 14 points for the West Side Jammers that dropped only their second game of the League.
Meanwhile, TGH Pacesetters remained in contention of capturing both Leagues when they edged Pepsi Sonics 51-48 Saturday night. Jude Weekes scored 25 and Joslyn Crawford scored 13 points for Pacesetters while Kerwin Jackson had 13 points for Sonics.
Panthers defeated Colts 64-58 in another third division contest Saturday night with Akil Lewis scoring 17 points and Orlando Gibson 19 points for Panthers. Both Evans Johnson and Lennox Thornhill had 12 points apiece for Colts.
In the the Division I category Saturday night, Pepsi Sonics continued its ascendancy after a slow start in the League with a 60-44 win against Melanie Patriots. Shooting guard, Trevor Smith had 15 points and Rawle White 10 points for Pepsi. Rayborne Bowman scored 15 points for Melanie in the game.
Ravens blew away Panthers 83-38 to also draw level with Pacesetters atop the GABA Division I League with a 4-0 record. Ryan Gullen scored17 points while Akeem Kanhai scored 16 points in the game. Haslyn Hooper had 11 points for Panthers.
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