Oct 30, 2013 Sports
Travis Burnett’s game high 21 points allowed Georgetown’s defending champions Trinity Grid Holdings (TGH) Pacesetters secure a resounding 69-52 win over Linden’s Amelia’s Ward Jets to start their campaign on a winning note.
The tournament was the 2013 Brusch’s Basketball Classic, which opened Sunday night at the Mackenzie Sports Club Hard Court.
Guard, Travis Burnett was the leading player for Pacesetters, who held a slim 13-12 lead at the end of the first quarter, only to see the Linden based side respond to take the initiative 28-22 at the end of halftime.
However, Pacesetters made clear their intentions with a commanding 22-11 run that saw them gain a 44-39 lead in what was a crucial third period where they literally took apart the opposing Jets in a clinical display of how to play a high 2-1-2 defensive zone and the offshoot running game on offense.
Jets’ only hope wrested on their inside duo of Shane and Allister Webster and the shooting of Kevin Joseph, but they came up short because the Pacesetters set the tone late in the game, which saw the visitors take total control in the final five minutes of what was an interesting contest until then.
Veteran player, Naylon Loncke then buried back to back 3-pointers towards the end of the game that sealed the win for the champions as he netted 13 points as Joslyn Crawford gained some important points from second chances.
They took advantage of some erratic defensive plays from Jets that committed several unforced turnovers in vital parts of the game. Joseph and Shane Webster each got 10 points while Allister Webster scored nine and Amaniki Archibald seven in a losing effort.
The tournament continues tonight with Half Mile Bulls playing Wismar Pistons at 7:30pm and Kings taking on Bankers Trust Falcons in the feature game. Meanwhile, in Georgetown, Ravens will play Colts in the other game involving Georgetown teams.
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