Valencia Heat take 2-1 lead
Valencia Heat took a 2-1 lead in the Mackeson Super 10 Basketball League Men’s Division best-of-seven finals after a come-from-behind 82-60 win in Game 3 at Southern Indoor Sports Arena, Pleasantville, San Fernando on Sunday night.
Forward Fabrice Fisher scored a play-off best 33 points and gathered five rebounds and four assists to guide Valencia Heat to the victory.
The Heat won Game 1 69-67 and lost Game 2 94-86 on Friday night in Maloney.
On Sunday, they trailed after the first quarter, 17-16, and were five points behind at half-time, 37-32.
However, the third quarter proved critical for both teams as Fisher led the visitors on an 11-3 run with nine points to close the third quarter 57-48 ahead.
In the fourth session it was all Valencia Heat, with Fisher netting six points and Jeffrey Saunders seven during a 25-12 run to deny Jazz a victory at home.
For Valencia Heat, Fisher got valuable support from centre Stefan Davis, who had 14 points and five rebounds, while Saunders finished with nine points.
Centre Duane Virgil struggled and had just six points and six rebounds.
For Petro Jazz, who are playing in their third consecutive finals, forward Ako Pascal connected on 18 points, guard Adrian Joseph added 14 and secured eight rebounds, and centre Steve McSween helped out with ten points.
Game 4 will be played at Maloney Indoor Court at 9 p.m. tomorrow.
And in the women’s best-of-five finals at Pleasantville, guards Pietra Gay and Melissa Guerero scored 25 and 19 points, respectively, as Quarters United beat Police 88-78 in Game 3, to take a 2-1 lead.
After being beaten 72-66 in Game 1 in San Fernando, Police leveled the series 77-61 in the capital city, but found the going tough on Sunday in the last quarter of play, after dominating the first three sessions 20-13, 39-37, 62-56.
Inside the final four minutes of the fourth quarter, guard Donnette Reed gave Quarters a 66-64 lead, then Gay sank a two-point basket to push them further ahead 68-64 and they never looked back.
Reed finished with 18 points and four rebounds, while Guerero pulled down 13 rebounds and Mahalia Simpson reached double-figures for the first time in the series with 15 points.
For Police, who are playing in their second consecutive finals, centre Alicia Liverpool kept the Lawwomen in the contest with 19 points and 11 rebounds, forward Rhonda John-Davis finally showed up with 17 points and four rebounds, Kielle Connelly supported with 16 points and guard Joelisa Copper netted 15.
Game 4 takes place tomorrow in Maloney and jump-ball is 6.30 pm.