Friday, January 19, 2018

Valencia show their magic in Tobago battle

Forward Fabrice Fisher scored a game-high 38 points to guide Valencia to a come-from-behind 93-86 win over Canaan Bon Accord at Shaw Park, Tobago on Friday night.

Valencia, who blew out Palo Seco on Wednesday night 103-68, found the going tough on the sister isle as they trailed 24-15 at the end of the first quarter and 43-28 at the halfway stage.

In the third stanza, Fisher--who scored 41 points in the previous match-notched 12 in the session, as Valencia quieted the home fans by outscoring them 27-13 to close the deficit to just one point (55-56) as the quarter closed.

In decisive final ten minutes of play Fisher again took on Canaan Bon Accord's hapless defence with 11 more points.

He also inspired his teammate and centre court player Michael Saunders, who dropped in 20 points to seal a vital seven-point advantage going into tomorrow's second-leg match in Valencia.

Valencia have won all five games contested at that venue to date.

For Canaan Bon Accord, it was forward Allister Roachford who gave his team the early spark with 28 points, while Jonathan Potts supported with 13.

Down South, forward Ako Corey Pascal helped himself to 47 points to guide Marabella to a comfortable 86-59 win over Siparia at the Irwin Park Basketball Court.

Siparia must now win by 26 points in their second leg match today to advance to the next round of the competition.

In other results, Caledonia defeated Rio Claro, the champion team of East Sector One, 94-74 while Bethel knocked Diego Martin out of the competition with a 76-72 win at River Estate Basketball Court, Diego Martin.

Going into the final 90 seconds of play and leading 70-72, Bethel closed the contest with a 6-0 run while on the other end, Diego missed eight of consecutive free-throws.

Diego Martin, with the full support of the residents, led 18-16 at the end of the first quarter and 30-29 at half-time.

The home team then displayed good court skills in the third session to open a 53-44 lead before being stunned by the opposition which scored 32 points to 19 in the final stanza.

Bethel will now face joint-title favourites Maloney on a date to be announced.

For the winners, Kernelle Heath led the charge with 32 points, point-guard Jerrel Orr added 21 and Akeem Deleon supported with 13.

For Diego Martin, Gershwin Duncan produced 24 points and guard Richard Guiseppi helped himself to 16.

In other matches, Barataria outplayed Gonzales of Point Fortin 82-52 to advance to meet La Romaine, That match was scheduled for yesterday at Lucky Street Basketball Court, La Romaine.

At Guayaguayare, Sangre Grande recorded a 71-62 win over the home team Guayaguayare to book their place in the next round of the competition.