By Edison Jefford
Colts ensured that they will play for the second Phillip George Legacy title, an honour bestowed on them in recognition of their late Coach Saturday night with an easy win against Republic Bank Nets in the Division I segment of the competition.
They will play defending champions, Ravens, another team that breezed to the final after putting their feet on the accelerator in the last quarter against Pepsi Sonics. The two teams met last night to decide who the first division champions are in the event.
Colts beat Nets 62-53 after dominating the entire game. Colts won all four quarters, including a mammoth 46-26 halftime lead. Nets outscored Colts 18-8 in the third quarter, but Colts managed to maintain their resolve in the closing minutes for the win.
Colts’ shooting guard, Sheldon Thomas led with 12 points while point guard, Dave Causway had 11 points. Somehow the much smaller Colts was able to contain the bigger Nets, which only had Drumson McCulley in double figures with 14 points.
In the featured encounter of the night, Dyna’s Ravens switched its defensive game with a sudden burst from guard Akeem Kanhai that led to 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter that ended on a 30-10 run for Ravens for an eventual blowout.
The game was a defensive and close battle for three quarters with Ravens taking a 35-30 lead at the end of the penultimate period. Then suddenly, Ravens Coach, Darcel Harris, unleashed his back court quartet on the Sonics and there was no answer.
Sonics spent the better part of the fourth quarter stuck on 31 points as Ravens raced to a mammoth lead owed to Kanhai and supporting guards, Darrian Lewis, Rodwell Fortune and Dominic Vincente, who rushed the ball on several fast-breaks that they converted to leave Pepsi Sonics hapless.
Ravens’ Forward, Rudy James completely shut down the offence of Collis Pluck, whose inside-out game was a threat this entire year. Pluck did not contribute much on the offensive end in the crucial game as a result of James’ excellent defensive work.
In the end, Ravens flew to a 65-40 win that pit them against Colts last night in a thrilling contest of speed vs speed. Lewis had 20 points in the game while Kanhai scored 17 points for Ravens. It was shooting guard, Trevor Smith, who scored 13 for Sonics.
Plaisance Guardians edged Colts Division III team 68-66 for a place in the final in that version of the competition. Colwyn Nurse had 24 points while Nduka Horatio scored 21 points for Guardians. Rawle Nelson had 17 points while Evans Johnson scored 15 and Vibert Smith 10 points for Colts.
In the other semi-final, Pacesetters beat Sonics 59-54 with Joslyn Crawford scoring a mammoth 20 points and Quincy Dos Santos 17 points for Pacesetters. Kerwin Jackson had 16 points and Samuel Thompson 14 points for Sonics.
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