STEPHEN LEWIS: Stephen “Lighter” Lewis scored 25 points for Defence Force.

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Maloney Pacers beat Defence Force 97-94

Defending champions Defence Force did not have what it takes to beat Maloney Pacers just 24 hours after recording an 86-76 win over Caledonia Clippers in the Men’s Division of the Mackeson Super 10 Basketball League.
The Army have been forced to play matches in quick succession to make up for the time they were inactive earlier this year when national security matters forced them to withdraw from all sporting activities.
Following the mid-week win over Clippers, the Army took on Maloney Pacers and went down to a close 97-94 defeat to the home team at Maloney Sports Complex on Friday night.
The visitors jumped out to a 36-26 first quarter lead and seemed set to inflict their tenth win in 11 matches after a 86-82 loss to undefeated Petro Jazz. But Maloney outscored their powerful rivals 28-17 to reduce the deficit at half-time to 51-53.
In the third quarter, Maloney forward Kyeon Joseph scored 14 of his team’s points and a season-high 44 which saw his team outscore the visitors 23-15 for a 74-68 lead.
The teams traded baskets in the fourth and decisive session, with Defence Force scoring 25 points to Maloney’s 23, but in the end it was not enough despite point-guard Derrick Boxill’s third 40-point game of the season (47) and forward Steven “Lighter” Lewis’ 25.
Joseph was well supported by centre Gimel Lewis, who scored 12, and D’Omari Marin, who had ten points.

Mackeson Super 10 Basketball League

Men’s Division
TEAM GP W L Pts
1. Valencia Heat 12 9 3 21
2. Petro Jazz 10 10 0 20
3. Defence Force 11 9 2 20
4. The University of TT 12 8 4 20
5. Caledonia Clippers 11 8 3 19
6. Detour Shak Attack 11 7 4 18
7. Maloney Pacers 11 7 4 18
8. JCW Quarters United 12 4 8 16
9. Ministry of Sports Schoolaz 12 3 9 15
10. Police Sports Club 11 4 7 15
11. Diego Martin All Stars 11 3 8 13
12. Sangre Grande All Stars 11 1 10 12
13. Mackeson Monarchs 11 0 11 10
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