Maloney stop Laventille in Hoop of Life
As the one million dollar first prize gets that bit closer, the Ministry of National Security Hoop of Life Community Basketball League is causing some tense but exciting moments between teams and fans alike across the country.
Last Sunday saw three games being tightly contested, with one game being forfeited by home team Valencia to their Canaan/Bon Accord counterparts.
After a fifteen minute grace the referee blew off the game as Valencia failed to show.
In the other games, Maloney beat Laventille 95-66, while south's stellar side La Romaine trounced westerners Cocorite 121-69.
Caledonia also came away victors, defeating Arima by a 14-point margin, 64-56.
In the Maloney/Laventille game, Shawn Lawrence got a game-high 31 points, and was ably assisted by teammate Kenyatta Alfred who, at the end of the game, had floated 18 points into the hoop.
A brilliant third quarter, led by Steven Lewis, saw the Boys from the Hill outpace Maloney to capture that segment 29-13, but a comeback by Maloney sealed the deal.
La Romaine were another team that showed their class, leaving Cocorite with a 52-point deficit. Adrian Joseph was once again a high scorer, hitting 30 points in his 40 minutes of play. But his captain Derrick Boxhill was not to be outdone by the big hitter, outscoring him by just one point to finish the night on 31 points. Cocorite top-scorers were Kerron Williams with 18 points and Gerald Toney, who sank ten.
The game started with an even first quarter with the teams deadlocked on 23 points. But with the home court advantage, La Romaine, chanted on by their fans, quickly took the lead in the second quarter and never looked back.
Elsewhere, Caledonia did not let their away game daunt them in any way, and were able to conquer both team and fans as they visited Arima on Monday.
Kyeon Joseph scored 19 points to help bring the victory home for the visitors. He was well supported by Steve Williams, 12 points, and Wesley Vincent, 11.
It was a depressed-looking Nicholas Media, with 15 points, who top-scored for the easterners. Gimel Lewis aided with 14 points and Randy Greenidge contributed 11.
Media was one of the more impressive players and prolific scorers in the 60-team tournament.