– Team Bond hold on for thrilling win against Team Toney
Kaieteur News’ Sports Journalist, Edison Jefford maneuvered through heavy traffic at the
Cliff Anderson Sports Hall Saturday night to hit the game winning lay-up with about 30 seconds left to give Team Bond a 59-58 win over Team Toney in the ‘Respect the Game’ Charity Basketball Event.
Jefford went scoreless for three quarters during the exhibition game, but finished two big lay-ups in the fourth quarter, including the game-winner and another that was so smooth it had opposing Rawle Toney hanging on to his jersey in the paint.
The game-winning lay-up came off a high pick-and-roll that Jefford had set at the top of the key for Attorney-at-Law, James Bond, who was more than happy to give it back to Jefford for a tidy lay-up in the paint that became the game changer.
Toney missed a buzzer-beater with 1.5s left on the clock in the hope of winning the game after a timeout was summoned to plan strategy. Toney pulled up with Bond in his face and missed from a good distance behind the three-point mark.
Akeem ‘The Dream’ Kanhai entertained with several spectacular dunks off feeds that included a baseline two-handed ‘posterisation’ of Jefford, who tried to stop ‘The Dream’. Kanhai also threw down an awesome one-handed tomahawk dunk and two handed alley-oop slam from point guard, Shelroy Thomas, all representing Team Toney.
Jermaine Slater also threw down a two-handed jam to get the enthused crowd going early in the game. Slater also represented Team Toney. Before the thrilling dunking exhibition from some of the country’s best ‘ballers’, Team Bond’s, Rodwell ‘Kobe’ Fortune showcased his ball-handling skills on court with
several And1 moves that delighted spectators.
West Indies and Guyana’s cricketer, Christopher Barnwell was the leading scorer for Team Bond with 10 points, while James Bond had six points and Jefford scored four points. Kanhai closed his account on 15 points while Toney had 12 points in the loss.
Several celebs with entertainment and professional backgrounds represented the two teams that included Javed Ali, Faizal Khan, Nuriyyih Gerrard, Roger Yearwood, Lugard Mohan, Pernell Cummings, and Robert Adelson among others.
The night began with a High School clash between Saint Stanislaus College and St. Rose’s High that resulted in a win for the former. Starr’s Computer then defeated the Diplomatic Corps 65-51 before the University of Guyana beat Qualfon 79-44 before the feature game.
GT&T Song and Jingle winner, Ryan Hoppy wooed fans with an awesome rendition of the National Anthem before the start of the big game. Soca Monarch, Kwesi Ace then entertained from centre court before Calvin Burnett also performed on the night.
The Cliff Anderson Sports Hall buzzed with sport celebrities and personalities, most of whom sat court-sided and soaked up an impressive night. They included Rugby Coach, Theo Henry, GEM Magazine’s Simeon Corbin, Mr. Guyana Bodybuilder, Kerwin Clarke, Normalisation Committee head for Guyana’s Football, Clinton Urling and several others.
Kirk ‘Chow Pow’ Jardine did not fail to entertain as host of the night’s proceedings; he duly used the forum to call for ‘respect’ for Guyana’s sportsmen and women, and those who perform in the arts. Respect the Game was certainly a good look Saturday night.
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