Jul 13, 2013 Sports
– Kwakwani extend challenge to Marion Academy
By Edison Jefford
The Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) will bounce off its Division I and III playoffs, including the top four teams from its extensive Leagues earlier this year, next weekend at refurbished Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
The semi-finals of the playoffs are set for next Friday and will see the number one seeded Trinity Grid Holdings (TGH) Pacesetters face the number four seeded Pepsi Sonics in one of the Division III semis, while the number two seeded Buxton Heat come up against the number three seeded Colts in the other semi-final of the category.
In the Division I playoffs among the four top teams in Georgetown, the number one seeded TGH Pacesetters play the surprisingly ranked number four Dynas Ravens in what should be a thriller in one semi-final, while Sonics, ranked number three play the number two ranked Colts.
In the GABA League, Ravens were the only team that defeated Pacesetters to tarnish their unbeaten record. Ravens blew out Pacesetters despite their eventual fourth placed ranking, which signals a riveting semi-final contest among them next Friday.
President of the GABA, Michael Singh has already sent out notice to all the respective Clubs for what should be a pulsating weekend of basketball in Georgetown, featuring the leading players at the Division I and III levels. The finals will be held next Sunday.
Singh, who took office this year, had swung into action and completed two Leagues for Division I and Division III with over 100 games on the Burnham Basketball Court. He had committed to the playoffs among the top four teams before inclement weather intervened.
In addition to inclement weather, Singh could not have opted for the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) because the court there was under rehabilitation for some time. With that new surface in use, Singh is hoping to continue the proliferation of the sport.
“I’m eager to get back to work; to use the recent Standings to run some competitive basketball as the interest in the sport gradually came back during the Leagues, which was faced with a lack of sponsorship and interest from the basketball community,” he had lamented.
However, he had reassured that the playoffs were high on the GABA agenda. Singh reiterated his commitment to returning basketball to a prominent place in Georgetown. He said that all systems are being put in place for an exciting weekend of basketball.
Meanwhile, Kaieteur Sport was reliably informed that Kwakwani Secondary School, which lost the National Schools Basketball Festival (NSBF) Under-20 title in the final minute of their game against Marion Academy, have extended a challenge for a rematch.
Kwakwani had complained that the absence of a shot clock in the final where Marion Academy were allowed to hold the ball for about 40 seconds without making a play cost them a clean sweep after they had won the NSBF Under-17 title at the Sports Hall.
Ann Gordon and her Kwakwani side want another crack at Chris Bowman and Marion Academy unit. It is unclear whether Marion will take up the challenge, but if they do, the junior showdown will form part of the supporting game on the night of the GABA Playoffs final.
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