Thursday, January 18, 2018

Petro Jazz square men’s series 2-2

Adrian Joseph, Steven McSween, Ako Pascal and Kirt Baptise were among four players who scored in double digits as Petro Jazz recorded a lopsided 99-62 win over Valencia Heat in Game Four of the Mackeson Super 10 Basketball League finals at Maloney Indoor Sports Complex on Wednesday night.

The men's best-of-seven series is now tied at 2-2, with neither team having won on their home court.

Valencia Heat won Game One (72-66) in Pleasantville, Jazz levelled the series 1-1 with a 94-86 win in Maloney and Valencia took a 2-1 lead on Sunday in Pleasantville behind an 82-60 Game Three success.

Game Five is on Sunday from 6 p.m. at Southern Indoor Sports Arena, Pleasantville, San Fernando.

Playing in their third consecutive title series since joining the League back in 1991, Jazz dominated Wednesday's contest from early to lead 20-18 after the first session, 50-28 at half-time, and 75-42 after three quarters, before finishing the match 37 points clear.

For Jazz, Joseph finished with 19 points and eight rebounds, while McSween was also very productive with 18 points and five boards.

Pascal, one of the League's most prolific players, added 11 points and pulled down five rebounds, while Baptise also had 11 points.

Opponents Valencia Heat struggled from the opening tip-off.

Their star forward Fabrice Fisher had destroyed the Jazz defence in Pleasantville on Sunday when scoring 33 points, but Jazz seemed to readjust and Fisher contributed a meagre eight points.

Centre Dwayne Virgil had 16 points, but just three rebounds and forward Kenrick Bernard helped

out with 14 points.