Powerade/Rainforest Water/Malta Supreme/GABA U-23 Tourney…Eagles continue winning ways against UG Trojans; Nets get past Guardians
Jul 15, 2017 , http://www.kaieteurnewsonline....-get-past-guardians/
When play continued on Thursday night at Burnham Court, night four of the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Tournament 1st, 2nd and Under-23 tourney, Eagles went two from two in the second division tournament. In their 1st they humiliated Sonics 101-22. On Thursday night, Eagles flew past University of Guyana Trojans since the first quarter of the game which finished 25-12 and never gave up the lead as the match finished 85-74. As in the Eagles’ previous game, Travis Belgrave (22 points) was the main man with a game high 22 points. Belgrave, who plays for the national junior and senior basketball teams, was supported ably by Kevin Higgins (13 points), Kwesi Thompson (11 points), while Devon Murray chipped in with a valuable 10 points.
UG Trojans were outplayed throughout but Kadeem Peterkin (14 points) and Shaquille Adonis tried to put some respite in the margin of defeat.
Denzil Ross and Jonathan Browne both scored 9 points each for the Trojans in the losing effort.
Eagles have played three games in the tournament so far winning all; two in the 2nd division and one in the Under-23.
Kwesi Thompson, who plays for eagles in both the under-23 and 2nd division category and notched up 10 points in the match, expressed that his side has more depth and that they will be gunning for both the Under-23 and 2nd division titles. “We won’t be competing in the first division category, but we are confident with our crop of players and we will be looking to capitalize on our good start to the tournament,” Thompson added.
The second match began, which was scheduled to begin at 8:30 pm, but got underway at 10 pm due to the late start of the Eagles Vs Trojans match. That second match was a first division encounter between Plaisance Guardians and Nets. Nets overcame the favoured Guardians 59-63 despite trailing throughout the first three quarters.
The first quarter of that game was a poor display of basketball with only 14 points being scored in the 10 minute period. It finished 9-5. The second quarter was more eventful with the Guardians extending their lead to 14 points as the period ended 31-17. When the third quarter finished 45-34, still in favour of Plaisance, the supporters at the Burnham court were expecting the game to finish in favour of the leaders as was the case in the previous game of the evening, but an extra push to the end allowed Nets, who were hungrier for the win, to come out victorious.
National senior player, Nikolai Smith’s 21 points wasn’t enough to prevent his team, Guardians being upset by the nets, as they star player Antwon Austin eclipsed him with a game high 22 points.
Matches continue today with three matches at the same venue, Burnham Court form 5:30 pm and on Sunday evening with three more matches also from 5:30 pm.