Dyna’s Ravens maintained their stranglehold on current National Division I Champions, Trinity Grid Holdings Pacesetters Saturday night to win the inaugural Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) ‘King of
the Hard-Court’ title.
Ravens won 74-61 on Burnham Basketball Court with Ryan Gullen top scoring with 21 points in the game. Ryan Stephney was the next best scorer with 18 points while Dominic Vicente scored 14 points. Guard, Travis Burnett led Pacesetters with 21 points while Ruel Ritch, Stephon Gillis and Travis Williams chipped in with 10 points apiece.
Ravens jumped out to a huge lead in the first quarter, compliments of a 13-0 run that put them up 19-5 with 2:55 remaining in the first quarter. However, Pacesetters scored 11 points to close out the period down 16-24.
Pacesetters continued their surge, outscoring Ravens 14-10 to go into the halftime break still down 30-34, even though Gillis caught fire from beyond the arc with two three-point daggers.
The keen contest continue in the third period with both teams exchange points, but Ravens still managing to hold on to the lead at the end of the period. Ravens led 20-18 to head into the final period ahead 52-50.
Burnett and Williams led Pacesetters’ offence in the period with Burnett, who is known for his penetrations, nailing a three pointer and a jump shot. Williams also got into the jump shooting act to ensure Pacesetters were in with a chance at the end of the penultimate period.
However, the national champions could not continue their momentum in the final period. Ravens outscored them 22-11 to bring home the bacon. The tournament was the first for the new GABA Administration. Pacesetters won the Under-23 title.
In the earlier game, Republic Bank Nets crushed West Side Warriors 117-53. Guard, Pelham Doris top scored with 22 points. Mortimer Roberts and Michael Richards had 21 points apiece, while Fabian Johnson and Mortimer Williams scored 19 and 14 points respectively.
For West Side, Devon Murray had 24 points. Orin Joseph had 12 points while Deon Barnes and Samuel Hollingsworth added eight and seven points respectively.
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