Petro Jazz, Quarters United open Super 10 with wins
Last season’s losing finalists Petro Jazz and newcomers Quarters United recorded the first victories on the opening day of the 15th season of the Mackeson Super 10 Basketball League at the Southern Indoor Sports Arena, Pleasantville, San Fernando.
First on courts were Quarters, which defeated seasoned campaigners Sangre Grande All Stars 70-60 for a debut victory.
The winners led 35-28 at half-time, with Kirk Waithe scoring 19 points, while centre Kerwin Thompson and Kino Fleary finished with 13 and 12 points respectively. For Grande Rickie Hazare netted 13 while teammates Glendon Philip and veteran centre Joel Cruickshank added 11 apiece.
In the feature match, forward Ako Pascal scored 14 second half points out of his match tally of 25 in the second half to help Jazz to a 99-73 win over Valencia Heat. Jazz, which got a top score of 26 points from guard Adrian Joseph, led 49-33 at the half. For Valencia Heat it was prolific forward Farbrice Fisher who kept the fight alive with 23 points.
Before that match, the opening ceremony saw Dave Bobb, Director of Sports in the Ministry of Sports, applaud the League for its youth initiative, which he said will ensure there’s a future in the sport.
He urged the youth players to be disciplined and to be good sportsmen and to represent their teams and communities with pride. The League is being sponsored by the Ministry of Sports, Mackeson, Toyota, Nestle, Caribbean Bottlers Limited and Courts.
Courtney McNish, president of the National Basketball Federation (NBFTT) hinted to the players that this country will be making every effort to have an Under-15 teams represent T&T at next year’s Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championships.
He said: “I am very encourage about what I am seeing here this afternoon seeing so many youth teams on show and looking to compete against each other for honours. I want to applaud all the teams that have invested in the youth aspect of our basketball.”