-Finals on tonight
The final two group matches of the Guyana Basketball Federation’s National Club
Championships (road to Mecca IV) were competed on Friday evening at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) with Kobras winning to secure a last gasp qualification for the semifinals which were played last evening and Amelia Ward Jets achieving their first victory in their final game of the tournament.
In the feature game between Kobras and last year finalists Raiders, Travis Burnett led the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Federation (GABA) based Kobras to victory with a team high 15 points, in the 67-58, 9-point win. Marle Richards didn’t score a single point for Kobras but was outstanding in the air and leaped to grab impressively, 17 rebounds.
Keon Cameron scored 16 points from just eight attempts but didn’t had enough support from his teammates as their team, Raiders, that had to win by three points or more to qualify for the semifinals, were booted from the tournament.
Jammers had to defeat the winless Jets by 48 points to qualify for the semifinal stage but instead they couldn’t even salvage a victory and were defeated by 11-points as Jets won 84-73. Jets’ David Benjamin scored a game high 24 points, while his team-mate Sean Muss matched Michael King’s 21 points which was enough for a Jammers victory.
The finals will be played tonight at the CASH involving the winners of last night’s semifinals between Victory Valley Royals and Dynas Ravens and defending champions Bounty Colts and Kobras that contested the semifinal matches.
The cash prizes for the 1st, 2nd and third placed teams amount to $600,000, $400,000 and $200,000 respectively. Individual prizes totaling $200,000 will be shared between the MVP, player scoring the most points and player with the Most Rebounds. In addition, $100,000 will go to Guyana Basketball Officials Council (GBOC).
Admission to the venue is $1,000. Apart from the final and third place matches and dances by the uniformed cheerleaders, there will be half-time entertainment by Meleesa Payne and the heat wave Dancers, Tiffani Bonner, Shellica’s Indian Dance Troupe and Roy Stewart on the Saxophone.
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