Once again Nevis has beaten St. Kitts.
And, this time it is in basketball.
Hundreds of Kittitians and Nevisians turned out to Basketball City on Tuesday to witness game one of the best-of-three series for SKABA’s ‘A’ division championship.
With Nevisians screaming and jumping second seeded Joseph Parry Cotton Ground Rebels took game one from the first seeded Shawn K. Richards Sandy Point Chappurtin from St.Kitts.
Chappurtin, coming into that game, was undefeated for the season.
Cotton Ground began the game well as forward Jenerson France continued his exceptional post-season play by draining jump shot after jump shot much to the dismay of the Chappurtin defenders. The Chappurtin players seemed clueless as to how to stop the Nevisian player.
The first half ended with the Rebels enjoying a seven-point lead 30-23.
The second half began much as the first half ended with France continuing to put on a shooting clinic, as he scored eight-straight points early in the third quarter, to carry his team to a 52-37 advantage.
Chappurtin however did not give up and fought hard as they started the fourth quarter well with improved defensive work on the Nevisian team, which forced a number of turnovers that resulted in easy scoring opportunities.
By the middle of the fourth quarter the Chappurtin found themselves within five points of there Nevisian counterparts.
However, the Rebels held their composure and continued to dominate the boards and played a very smart and controlled final three minutes and earned themselves a very impressive and exciting win over Chappurtin.
Jenerson France led all scorers with a huge 33 points and five rebounds. Teammates Royden Browne had 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Justin Jeffers grabbed a game high 13 rebounds to go with two blocks and three points.
Ansel Revan was again the top scorer for Chappurtin with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Shane Warner supported him well with 14 points and four rebounds. Karim Burt and Javal Hodge rounded off the top performers for Chappurtin with nine and five points respectively.
With Chappurtin’s first loss for the season it will be interesting to see how well the team recovers for game two on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Basketball City.