Hitters on Sunday, in an impressive win over Fig Tree, won the regular season championship, for the SKABA Sprite/National Bank Premier Division.
Now Hitters has their eyes set on winning the playoffs.
Cable and Wireless Fig Tree Dirt Revelers on the other hand, had some serious issues that need to be worked out, before the team played Ghetto Roots on Tuesday.
Nearly every player on that team simply gave up on Sunday in the last quarter of the game. The lackadaisical play of some of the players, including Devin Warner, was embarrassing.
Hitters started the game typically slow over the defending champions, the Fig Tree team.
Fig Tree behind the aggressive play of George “Goolay” Gaton and Lyle “Dixie” Duggins, enjoyed an early lead.
The Hitters team, however, remained close and kept well within striking distance throughout the first half.
The half ended with Hitters down 35-29 to the defending champions.
The second half was much different as the Fig Tree team played without much desire, and were obviously out of sync with the exception of Duggins and 2005 playoff MVP, Eston Williams.
By the end of the third quarter Fig Tree’s key players including Kimo Duncan, Ray Liddie and Devin Warner were obviously playing without any vigor, which is what is needed to sometimes to win big and critical games.
Duncan was relatively quiet throughout, as well as Liddie and Warner. This allowed Hitters to dominate.
The game ended with Hitters enjoying a 77-65 victory, with Marvin Davis leading all scorers with 20 points and five rebounds. Marlon Powell contributed 19 points, David Dowell and Glenn Phillip had 18 and 10 points respectively, for Hitters.
Hitters ended the season with a 9-3 record and have now regained the SKABA Premier Division regular season title.
The Final Game of the Premier Division regular season took place on Tuesday with a match-up between Fig Tree and the S.L. Horsford Ghetto Roots.
Ghetto Roots began the year as the favorites to dethrone the Fig Tree team but a series of injuries to key players has depleted the team significantly.
In fact the team played much of their regular season with seven players and still managed to knock off the regular season champions Hitters on two occasions as well as Trotters, Quakers with victories as well over St.Paul’s.
Fig Tree also had their share of injuries with power forward Shane “Shuba” Hendricks out for the season. This, however did not prevent the Fig Tree team from having another commendable season.
Ghetto Roots began the game well racing to a halftime 44-36 lead.
The second half was much more evenly matched as Fig Tree stepped up there game while Ghetto Roots became complacent.
Although leading the entire way Ghetto Roots allowed the Fig Tree team back into the game with less than five minutes remaining.
Ghetto Roots’ Levi “BY-BY” Fyfeild blemished his otherwise spectacular evening with two missed layups, which allowed the Fig Tree team to get back into the game.
In the final minute, Ghetto Roots found themselves holding on to a very uncomfortable three-point lead.
With about 30 seconds remaining, Fig Tree’s Ray “Lomax” Liddie proved that he is still one of the premier shooters in SKABA when he drained a huge three pointer to tie the game at 76-76 with less than 10 seconds remaining.
Ghetto Roots guard Berlie Francis made a critical error in failing to make the inbound pass in time and thus referee Romel Tobias called the violation enabling Fig Tree to get possession.
The strategy for Fig Tree was simple; get the ball in the hands of “Lomax.” That was exactly what they did and with exactly three seconds on the clock he drained another three pointer to win the game for Fig Tree.
This was Fig Tree’s seventh win of the season and it also gave them the second place in the regular season standings.
George Gaton led Fig Tree with 21 points, four rebounds and seven assists. Teammate Ray Lidde had 18 points and Lyle “Dixie” Duggins fell one assist shy of a triple double with 13 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.
Vance Clarke, Levi Fyfeild and Ashworth Williams were the top performers for Ghetto roots with 20,15 and 25 points respectively.
The final regular season premier division standings for the 2006 league are:
1. Rams Hitters
2. Cable and Wireless Fig Tree Dirt Revellers
3. Western Union Cayon
4. S.L Horsford Ghetto Roots
5. Bookie Auto Rentals Trotters
6. Caribbean Alliance Insurance St.Pauls Tuff Knotts
The top 6 teams will join the ‘A’ division championship finalists Chappurtin and Cotton Ground in the national playoffs, which begins this weekend.