THE excitement continued this past weekend at the Beausejour Indoor Facility in the KFC-sponsored Commercial Basketball tournament.
Despite the friendly rivalry, however, there was one disappointment on Friday evening as Teachers Union failed to put a complete team together to play the Saint Lucia Fire Service. The match was called off with Saint Lucia Fire Service winning by default.
In the game played that evening, Financial Services took on WASCO in a completely one-sided matchup in which the former tightened the squeeze on their opponents, completely shutting off their supply by running away with an 84-54 victory. Financial Services led at every quarter: 14- 5, 33-19, 55-37 and 84-54.
Marlon Samuel had a game high of 37 points, 7 rebounds and 5 steals for Financial Services while Rahim Auguste assisted with a double double (11 points and 11 steals).
For WASCO, Craig Fontenelle led the way with a double double (21 points and 19 rebounds) while Tristan James had 11 points 8 rebounds and Joachim Hyacinth 11 points.
On Saturday evening, in the first of a double-header, Sandals defeated Lewis Industries 64-57 in an exciting encounter. Sandals had the upper hand in the first quarter to lead 18-14. However, Lewis mounted a recovery to seize the advantage as they ended the half 30-27.
The third quarter started with Sandals taking the fight to their opponents to outscore them 22-8 as they ended the third quarter comfortably on 49-35. The final quarter was a ding dong tussle with Lewis Industries outscoring Sandals 19-15. This was too little too late, though, for Lewis Industries.
For Sandals, Jim Medard had 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. He received strong support from Kairon Walcott (9 points, 15 rebounds) and Kyanni Edwin (9 points and 6 rebounds).
The main contributors for Lewis Industries were Denzil Louis (9 points and 8 rebounds), Darnvi Jones (9 points and 6 rebounds) and Marlon Aimable (9 points and 4 rebounds).
In the second game played on Saturday, Goddard Group of Companies maintained their unblemished record with a hard fought 60-55 victory over Digicel. They were made to fight all the way by a determined Digicel outfit who took the first quarter 18-11. However, the defending champions rallied with a 20-13 spurt to close the half 31-31.
The second half resumed with Digicel having the upper hand as they scored 15 points to their opponents’ 8 to end the third quarter 46-39.
The final quarter demonstrated why Goddard Group of Companies are the defending champions as they completed dominated with a 21-9 points run to close off the game.
For the victors, Troy Louison had 17 points, 15 rebounds, 8 steals and 4 assists, and Ali Quinlan 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals.
Digicel were led by Fabian Florton with a game high 20 points and 6 rebounds. He received good support from Yenie Montoute (15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 steals).
Meanwhile, matches continued last evening at the BIPF with Digicel taking on Financial Services.
Tomorrow, Media play CSA from 7:00 p.m. while Teachers Union — following their no show on centre court on Friday evening — will now meet the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force/Combined Forces at 9:00 p.m.