As is usually, the case whenever the Smythfield Rockers and the New Amsterdam Warriors engage each other at basketball the game always goes down to the wire.
Their latest encounter in the Banks DIH Classic Inter Club Basketball competition for teams in Berbice was no different. The game which was played on Saturday at the Vryman’s Erven Basketball Court in New Amsterdam saw the Rockers steadying themselves to steal a tense win over the Warriors.
With the score locked at 39-39 and with less than five seconds to play, Rockers’ Michael Bowen poured in a dagger from down town, the three-pointer securing victory 42-39 over arch rivals New Amsterdam Warriors.
As fortunes would have it, Bowen’s opportunity for the shot came from an unsuccessful attempt by the Warriors with less than 10 seconds to play.
The battle was intense throughout with the lead changing hands constantly. Smythfield Rockers ended the first segment in the lead with their nose in front at 11-10. New Amsterdam Warriors however bounced back to lead 27-20 at half time.
The third quarter ended with New Amsterdam Warriors taking a four point lead 33-29.
Bowen led the way for the Smythfield Rockers with 15 points, with Neil Wills gathering 12.
For the New Amsterdam Warriors Leary Edwards was the top scorer with 10 points, Shemroy McKenzie scored nine and Carlos Crandon eight.
The competition is being played on a round robin basis at the preliminary stages with the top two teams from each group emerging to contest the semifinals. The winner of group ‘A’ will take on the runner up in group B and vise versa.
The final is set for December 26 at a venue to be decided.
The top two teams will receive cash incentives and medals. The most valuable player will also be presented with a trophy. The organiser is Vibert Garrett. (Samuel Whyte)
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