Petro Jazz finally delivered a basketball championship, becoming only the ninth team to lift the Mackeson Super 10 Basketball League Men’s Division title after defeating Valencia Heat 95-80 in Game Six to win the best-of-seven series 4-2 at Maloney Indoor Sports Complex on Wednesday night.
The win makes Petro Jazz only the second team from South to lift the title since the League started in 1987 in Skinner Park, San Fernando. The first South team that won was Carib Ball Jesters back in 1989.
After the first quarter ended with the teams evenly matches at 22-22, Valencia took a slim 40-39 lead at the half-time break and after the resumption, the visitors pulled away.
However with four minutes to play in the third quarter Jazz went on a 9-0 run which gave them a 51-42 and they never trailed after that.
Point guard Adrian Joseph scored 22 points, secured eight rebounds and dished out four assists, which won him the Courts Player-of-the-Match award--a microwave oven--for his all-round performance.
His teammate, forward Ako Pascal led all scorers with 28 points, and centre Dexter Manswell contributed 15 and 11 rebounds before he was fouled out with four minutes to play.
For Valencia, who were contesting their first final since joining the League back in 2006, former American NCAA Division 1 standout with Murray State, Duane Virgil, dropped in 20 points and grabbed five rebounds while forward Fabrice Fisher helped himself to 20 points and seven rebounds, and Jeffrey Saunders chipped in with 12 points and three rebounds.
It was a double success for South teams after Quarters United defeated Police 3-1 for the Women’s championship.