GHETTO ROOTS BEATS HITTERS……………..AGAIN !!!
The Sprite SKABA premier league continued this past Sunday with an exciting match-up between Horsfords Ghetto Roots and Rams Hitters.
The marquis match was well received by the fans at Basketball City with each team playing hard-nosed basketball.
Ghetto Roots came off a humiliating defeat by newly promoted Caribbean Insurance Alliance St. Paul’s Tuff Knots but were still considered pre-game favorites having beaten Hitters twice in the 2005 season.
The Hitters were still riding high after there convincing win over the defending champions the Cable and Wireless Fig Tree Dirt Revellers.
Despite having just seven players the Ghetto Roots managed to gain an early advantage over the Hitters team which seemed to have and army of players.
The Hitters bench looked quite imposing, however the Ghetto Roots seemed not to be troubled by the overwhelming presence of the Hitters team.
Led by the newly acquired Levi “By-By” Fyfeild the Newtown based Ghetto Roots raced to a 32-18 advantage at halftime. The Hitters were seemingly dependent on the outside game, which proved to be inadequate as the guard combo of Fyfeild and Rymal “Bally” Browne were able to make the guard of the opposing team work thus affecting there accuracy on the offensive end.
The second half began with the insertion of veteran Glen “Ghost” Phillip , who this year is playing a dual role as assistant coach and player. He marshalled his troupes and asserted there presence particularly on the defensive end. However, the Hitters team were unable to convert on there many opportunities that were created by their defensive effort. Marvin Davis, Hitters’ and SKABA’s 2005 leading scorer had a sub-par game with only 8 points and 2 rebounds while the veteran Trevor “Marty” Huggins chipped in with 6 points before pulling up early in the game with a seemingly strained muscle.
Hitters defensive presence late in the second half enabled them to outscore the Ghetto Roots team 26-24 in the second half. However the lead built by Ghetto Roots in the first half was to much for the Hitters to overcome thus ending the game with another victory for Ghetto Roots over Hitters 56-45.
The last time Hitters beat Ghetto Roots was back in the 2004 season.
Coach James “Barman “ Hanley indicated his disappointment in his team’s performance but has vowed that the second round will be a whole different ball game.
Levi “By-By” Fyfeild led all scorers with 14 points while his teammate Rymal “Bally” Browne assisted well with 13 points. Shawn “Shabba” Forbes was the only person in double figures for Hitters with 10 points.
Both teams have very important and exciting match-ups on Sunday. Hitters will play Trotters in Game 1 and Fig Tree will Play Ghetto Roots in Game 2.
In game 1 Western Union Cayon Lions crushed the recently promoted Quakers 74-58. Troy “Jasbo” Wattley led all scorers with 23 points and 15 rebounds while Cory Ceasar and Sylvester “Buzz” Wgyte assisted well with 17 and 14 points respectively. David Debeson led the Quakers with 14 points while teammates Jason Jarvis amd Leroy Martin had13 and 11 points respectively. The Quakers are the only winless team in the premeir division while Cayon improved to a 2-1 record.