Defence Force forward Steven "Lighter" Lewis scored 27 points, 15 short of Thursday night's tally, but this time his team came out on top in Game Two of the Big Four finals of the Mackeson Super 10 Basketball League on Saturday night at Jean Pierre Sports Complex, Port of Spain.
Defence Force levelled the best-of-seven-match series at 1-1 with an 87-78 win over Petro Jazz.
Jazz, bidding to become the first team from South to lift the title since Carib Ball Jesters in 1989, demonstrated their intention to record another victory when they took a 23-18 first quarter lead. But their opponents, playing in their seventh finals in the 14-year history of the Super 10 League, worked their way back into the contest which ended even at half-time, 40-40.
Despite just three points from Lewis in the third quarter, Defence Force still managed to open a 60-55 lead. And in the fourth stanza natioanl player Lewis attacked the Jazz defence for 11 of his points. Lewis was supported by guard Derrick Boxill, who scored 13 and had seven rebounds, and Peter Lewis, who finished with 12 points and five rebounds.
For Jazz, who won Game One 83-74, centres Winfred Benjamin had 22 points and 12 rebounds and Dextroy Manswell notched 16 points and 16 rebounds, while forward Ako Pascal added 12 points and guard Richard Guiseppi got 11 points.
Game Three was contested last night at the same venue.
And in the Super 10 Women's Division on Saturday night, Blink Brian Chase Academy (BCA) swept Police for the Big Four title, recording their third win in a row.
Forward Allison Young scored 25 points and gathered 11 rebounds which helped BCA to their first silverware of the 2012 season as they defeated Police 59-47 in Game Three. After losing Game One 58-56 and Game Two 44-39, Police, who defeated BCA for the League tournament title three weeks ago, never really got going in Game Three as BCA led 13-10 after the first quarter and 30-23 at half-time.
Police fought back to close the gap to 40-37 after three sessions of play and the teams traded baskets until the 47-47 mark, when Brian Chase Academy pulled away for good. Young was well supported by centre Afeisha Noel, who had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
For Police, forward Rhonda John-Davis, who scored 20 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in Game Two, was the only player in double-digits with 25 points and five rebounds.
Super 10 League remaining fixtures:
Tomorrow–Game 4–Men's Finals
Petro Jazz vs Defence Force, Jean Pierre Complex (JPC), 8 p.m.
Thursday–Game 5–Men's Finals
Defence Force vs Petro Jazz, JPC, 8 p.m.
Saturday–Game 6–Men's Finals (If necessary)
Petro Jazz vs Defence Force, JPC, 8 p.m.
Sunday–Game 7–Men's Finals (If necessary)
Defence Force vs Petro Jazz, JPC, 5 p.m.