Sunday was jam-packed with basketball action when the Shawn K. Richards Sandy Point Chappurtin went up against the Cayon Radicals.
Then the Rams Hitters clashed Caribbean Insurance Alliance St.Pauls Tuff Knotts, and the game of the week saw a rematch of last year’s exciting SKABA finals: McKnight Trotters taking on the defending champions the Cable & Wireless Fig Tree Dirt Revelers.
It was the clash of the titans at Basketball City last Sunday evening, after a week of no games due to a strike by the referees association.
The strike action was the first in the history of SKABA and the action brought about the summoning of an extraordinary general meeting by the clubs of SKABA, which resulted in a resolution and an agreement to resume the league.
The game of the week fit the billing as the Trotters and The Fig Tree Dirt Revelers had an exciting hard fought game.
The first half was very evenly matched as both teams exchanged leads a number of times.
The Fig Tree team had a slight advantage ending the first half up 37-36.
The second half began with Trotters asserting themselves and playing there familiar up-tempo game with Tamboura “Tamby” Caines leading the way and challenging the big front court duo of of Revelers Kimo “Shasta” Duncan and Devin Warner with almost every possession.
This strategy worked as the huge duo found themselves in foul trouble early in the third quarter.
Tamby’s penetration created a lot of room for sharp shooter Dave “Bram Bram” Bassue.
Bassue, however did not capitalise as he had a sub-par shooting game making just one three-pointer, which was well below his average.
Despite Bassue’s horrible shooting night he still managed to finish the game with 20 points. Fig Tree calmly took the lead late in the fourth quarter and maintained a good advantage over the Trotters team.
There were good efforts from Brian Morris and Lindsey Evans who had 15 and 12 points respectively for Trotters.
This was not enough as the Fig Tree team took complete control of the final two minutes of the game and earned themselves a hard fought yet relatively comfortable win over Trotters 81-71. Tamboura Cain’s led Trotters with 21 points and seven assists, while Ray Liddie had a game high 25 points for Fig Tree.
George “Goolay” Gaton and Kimo Duncan both had 14 points while Devin Warner assisted well with 10 points.
This was Fig Tree’s fifth straight win and Trotters third loss of the first round.
Also, Sandy Point Chappurtin played an excellent game after being down by as much as 16 points and coming back in the latter half of the game to pull off a huge 86-76 win over the Cayon Radicals. Radicals was lead by team leader Duon McSheene who had 21 points, five rebounds and four assists while teammates Geron Browne, Dwon Millard and Cameron Matther had 13, 12 and 11 points respectively. Ansel Revan led all scorers with 31 points while Jermaine Bowry, Karim Burt and Sean “Bucksy” Crossley each had 15 points for Chappurtin.
Hitters made light work of St. Pauls as they beat the rural team 73-58. Marvin Davis led all scorers with 28 points and seven rebounds while Troy Chumney had 14 points. Nasharn Maynard had a monster games as he controlled the board grabbing 23 rebounds to go with 10 points. Brother, Naren Maynard had 11 points and 10 rebounds while Karris Douglas had 13 points and 11 rebounds.