RCI St. Lucia
posted on May 19, 2015 06:47
Round 2 of the bout between heavyweights Courts Jets and the VBCC Warlords were one of seven games played in the KFC National Basketball League this past weekend.
First on Saturday in Soufriere, home team Soufriere Sulphur Stars continued to show their dominance at home with a rout of the Morne Gladiators 81 – 44 handing them their worst defeat in the KFC NBL 2015. Delirius Restaurant and Bar player of the game Tevin St. Jean had a game high 26pts and 6rebs. Linzel Alcee added a near triple double with 14pts, 9rebs and 8 steals. For Morne Gladiators, Mervin Augustin had a team high 11pts and 8rebs.
Gros Islet was buzzing with a double header also on Saturday with the marquee game being a second meeting between defending champions Courts Jets and VBCC Warlords. But first, Combined Schools used a combination of skill and youth to their advantage when they eased past Sandals High Risers 81 – 56. Delirius Restaurant and Bar player of the game Jean Michel Eloise was one dime shy of a triple double with 20pts, 11 steals and 9 assists for Combined Schools. Tristan James also contributed 12pts and 5rebs in the win. For Sandals, Orville Leo and Raide Hippolyte both had 13pts.
The arch rivals took center court in game 2 of the evening with VBCC looking to avenge an earlier season blowout loss to the Jets. Both fans of the two clubs were visibly up for this game and the players were just as much. VBCC looked good in the first quarter ending with a narrow 1-point lead 13 – 12. From then on it was all Jets even with a good fight from the Warlords who stayed close, down only 6-points 36 – 30 at the half. In the 2nd half, a good exhibition of basketball from both teams was displayed but VBCC was just never able to stop the offensive prowess of the splash brothers, Andre and Troy Louison. They combined to score 46 of Jets 79pts and were the telling difference in a 79 – 69 win for the current champions Courts Jets. Delirius Restaurant and Bar player of the game Andre Louison was 5/8 from 3-point range and led all scorers with 26pts and 11rebs. Troy Louison added 20pts, 6rebs and 4 assists in the win. VBCC’s Nigel Butcher fought had for his team high 23pts, 7rebs and 7steals in their loss.
On Sunday, the SALCC Court was the venue for another double header with Division 1 action starting first with BBC vs. Lions. It was an impressive comeback win for the BBC team storming back in the 2nd half after being down by 8 at the 1st half interval. They outscored Lions 51 – 39 in the 2nd half to win in a close one 77 – 73. Rahim Auguste with his 28pts and 7 steals was the Delirius Restaurant and Bar player of the game. Kurt Raphael added 18pts and 8rebs while Craig Fontelio also added 14pts and 11rebs for BBC. Fabian Florton continued his fantastic form in this year’s tournament with a career high 30pts and 10rebs in a loss for the Lions.
Game 2 of the evening was a clash between two former Commercial Basketball League champions Police vs. Fire Service. Fire Service got the better of their combined forces counterpart 58 – 49 behind Marcian Calderon’s monstrous figures of 26pts and 26rebs. Owen Cazaubon added 16pts, 8rebs and 7 steals. Amil Octave had 19pts for Police.
Games continue on Tuesday at the Morne in the KFC National Basketball League with Lions vs. Combined Schools and Courts Jets vs. Micoud in Gros Islet. Both games tip off at 7pm.