THE Beausejour Indoor Practice Facility will come alive on Saturday evening with the staging of the Saint Lucia Basketball Federation 2018 Commercial Basketball League sponsored by Saint Lucia Sports Online and Real Foods Saint Lucia.
The showdown is expected to jump start from 6.00 p.m. as former champions the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force with Erwin Tertullien, Amil Octave, Olan Prescott, Kerlinus Augustin, Arnold Jules, Calious Dantes, Derocher Antoine, Peter Hunte, Ulric Joseph, Shervon Matthew and Imran Remy in its line up takes on Financial Services with Sharmoir Jn. Baptiste, Marlon Samuel, Rahim Auguste, Dilan Biscette just to name a few of the players who will showcase their talents on centre court.
From 8.00 p.m. defending champions Peter and Company Distribution (PCD) plays another former CBL champion, the Saint Lucia Fire Service in what is expected to be a keenly contested matchup.
The many supporters coming to take-in this encounter will see the likes of Hector Paul, Arthur Tisson, Ali Quinlan, Danzie Mathurin, Andre Louison, Troy Louison, Timothy Gabriel (PCD); Marlon Pamphile, Gabriel Inglis and Jean Michel Eloise (SLFS); by all indications this one will go down to the wire.
Meanwhile, on Friday evening in quarterfinal action, PCD/Goddard Group Saint Lucia defeated Sandals Resorts 75-68.
On centre court the battle between the two teams was scintillating throughout the game as the pendulum shifted from one side to the next, however; late in the 4th quarter with two back to back 3 pointers by Ali Quinlan (PCD), the tone of the game changed in favour of the defending champions as they went on to secure their third consecutive semifinal spot.
The KFC player of the game was Andre Louison (PCD) with 26 points 10 rebounds.
Despite losing, Sandals had three players averaging 16 points; however, it was not enough to stop the defending champs PCD.
In the fourth quarterfinal game, WASCO came up against Fire service. The KFC player of the game was Gabriel Inglis who led the SLFS with 21 points and 6 rebounds.
Final score was 74-52.
Zephtan Fontelio (WASCO) had 18 points, 17 rebounds in their loss.
In more quarterfinals news, this time on Thursday evening, at the halftime, Saint Lucia Teachers Union led the game by 3 points (34-31). By the end of the third quarter the scores were 50-46 in favour of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (Combined Forces), while at the end of regulation time SLTU fell short by 7 points. Final scores 65-58.
The KFC Player of the game was Shervon Matthew (RSLPF) with 17 points 8 rebounds. Amil Octave was the only other player for his team in double figures with 16 points.
For SLTU, there were three players with double figures Lanse Prospere 17 points, Simeon Hippolyte 15 and Kevin Mathurin 17.
In Game 2, Financial Services defeated CSA with a record high of 104 points, in this year’s tournament, to 67. Team Financial Services had 6 players in double figures averaging at least 12 points per player.
The KFC co-players of the game were Sharmoir Jn. Baptiste with 21 points and 6 rebounds and Marlon Samuel with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Rahim Auguste had 6 steals and 11 assists for team Financial Services.
Leading scorer for CSA was Ron Edward with 17 points and 6 assists; followed by Craig Duplessis and Benny Hippolyte with 11 points each.