Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Jazz stop Diego Martin in overtime


Teamwork: Trinidad and Tobago Police basketballer Ronal Badal, centre, goes up for the rebound after his teammate Ronell Winter, left, misses his shot during the Mackeson Super10 Basketball League men’s division clash against Caledonia Clippers at Jean Pierre Complex, Port of Spain, on Thursday night. Clippers won 81-62. —Photo: STEPHEN DOOBAY

Mark Fraser

 Point guard Adrian Joseph and forward Ako Pascal scored 28 points each to lead Petro Jazz to a 105-99 over-time win over Diego Martin All Stars in the Mackeson Super 10 Basketball League at the Jean Pierre Sports Complex on Thursday night.

Jazz, who were runners up in the previous season, led by seven points with just over two minutes to play when Diego Martin went on a run that saw them level the scores 85-85 at the end of regulation time.

In the overtime session, after trading baskets for most of the period, Jazz then went into overdrive to outscore their opponents 20-14 to ensure they maintained their unbeaten record after four matches.

Jazz led the first quarter 27-19 and early in the second session, extended that lead 34-22 before Diego Martin went on a 16-4 run to close the first half evenly matched at 38-38.

In the third quarter, Pascal netted 13 of his 28 points to push his team 64-54 ahead after three sessions of play before Diego Martin outscored the visitors 31-21 to keep the fans’ attention.

For Diego Martin, Sidiki Guerra sank 15 points while captain Shorn Edwards and Richard Guiseppi got 11 each.

In the second match, Caledonia Clippers joined the University of Trinidad and Tobago at the top of the standings after an 81-62 win over Police.

The Clippers led in all four quarters, with forwards Wesley Francis scoring 18 points and Kerry McMillan 14.

For Police, centre Phillip Alexander was the only player in double-digits with 14 points.

The League continues today at Maloney with SOSBA taking on Trailblazers in Under-15 action at 5 p.m. followed by a women’s division game between Brian Chase Academy and Police Women at 6.30 p.m. leading up the feature game in the men’s division between Sangre Grande and Diego Martin at 8 p.m.

Tomorrow,  League leaders UTT and Caledonia Clippers clash in the first game at Pleasantville Basketball Court from 5 p.m. before the unbeaten Petro Jazz square off against Police from 7 p.m.

This weekend’s Super10 fixtures


At Maloney Basketball Court

SOSBA vs Trailblazers (B U -15), 5 p.m.

Brian Chase Academy vs Police (Women), 6:30 p.m.

Sangre Grande vs Diego Martin (Men), 8 p.m. 


At Maloney Basketball Court

Sangre Grande vs Laventille (B U-15), 3:30 p.m.

SOSBA vs Laventille (B U-21, 5p.m.

Maloney Pacers vs Detour Shak Attack (Men), 7 p.m.

At Pleasantville Basketball Court

UTT vs Caledonia Clippers (Men), 5 p.m.                         

Petro Jazz vs Police (Men), 7 p.m.

Mackeson Super10 standings

Men’s Teams GP W L Pts

1. Caledonia Clippers 5 4 1 9

2. The University of TT 5 4 1 9

3. Defence Force 4 4 0 8

4. Petro Jazz 4 4 0 8

5. Valencia Heat 3 3 2 8

6. Maloney Pacers 4 3 1 7

7. JCW Quarters United 5 1 4 6

8. Ministry of Sports Schoolaz 5 1 4 6

9. Diego Martin All Stars 5 1 4 6

10. Police Sports Club 5 1 4 6

11. Sangre Grande All Stars 4 1 3 5

12. Mackeson Monarchs 5 0 5 5

13. Detour Shak Attack 2 2 0 4