By Calvin Chapman in Suriname in association with Hopkinson Mining, Bounty Farm and Mohamed’s Enterprise
Guyana maintained their unbeaten record in Group B when they defeated Suriname 83-72 in their third match of the CBC Men’s Championship at the Anthony Nesty Sporthal in Paramaribo on Wednesday night, last.
A raucous home crowd that filled the venue, ardently backed the home team throughout the match but that wasn’t enough to stop the tremendous form of the Guyanese who eventually triumphed by 11-points.
Suriname had a clear game plan to shut out Guyana Skipper, Stanton Rose, after he had sunk a match winning 41 points against St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) on Monday and their double-team tactic worked on him as he was only able to score five points on Wednesday.
But while the Dutchmen were busy with Rose, they created wide open opportunities for Ray Victor who snatched them and swooshed seven three-pointers in his game-leading 28 points.
Despite Rose failing to score any field goals (FG), Shaine Webster (Center) continued to be consistent and chipped in a vital 14 points to go along with his nine rebounds while the lanky Anthony Moe netted three three-pointers and grabbed eight rebounds in his all-round, 12-point performance.
Guyana recorded a 46% accuracy from the three-point range while the two-point FG average was a meager 37%. The visitors, decked out in their green and white kit, out jumped the taller Suriname side 65-41 in rebounds.
With Wednesday night’s result, Guyana has topped their Group with a game in hand while Suriname finished second having won three of their four group games. More importantly, Guyana will play Antigua & Barbuda during tomorrow’s semifinal round, having avoided the rampag
ing Haitian side that topped Group A.
”Our guys were extremely confident of winning this game and kudos to Suriname for containing our captain”, noted a composed Junior Hercules, Coach of Guyana team. He explained that despite strong support from the home fans and a history of Suriname coming from behind to win, the Golden Arrowhead still prevailed, comfortably.
”It’s just going to get better”, Ray Victor noted on his improved, match winning performance during the post-game press conference. “Thanks to Suriname, I love rowdy fans. They gave me the rush to hit more shots, special thanks to them”, Victor who swooshed seven of 14 attempt
ed three-pointers, happily stated.
Victor also explained that his performance was important in that it, “Took off the pressure from Stanton, we knew they (Suriname) were going to double-team him after scoring 41 points on Monday and we needed someone to step up, and so I did.”
”The win is very important for Guyana basketball due to the deep history the two countries have with Inter Guiana games (U-19 competition). It is very important for our young players and the pride of our nation”, Hercules noted.
Guyana played the winless St. Lucia in the final Group A game last night at the Anthony Nesty Sporthal with the semifinal fixtures already decided.
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