A carnival atmosphere graced the indoor facility with loud cheers and support from a large group of in-camp Windward Islands Schools players, serving as an added boost for their Combined Schools team.
Combined Schools won the game 3 decider in exciting and nail-biting fashion, forcing overtime with clutch-down-the-stretch shooting from Lance Louis and great poise exhibited from Troy Louison, converting two late free throws with two seconds left in regulation. He finished 13/19 from the free-throw line.
In the overtime, both teams lost key players through foul trouble: Rawlstan Mitchell for ISE and Pakel Gumbs for Schools.
Baskets were exchanged early in the overtime before Combined Schools, spurred on by their fans, gave one last surge to seal the win and the Division 1 title. A still unhealthy Gabriel McFarlane activated himself into the lineup for the decider and was a big boost for his team, but proved not enough as Combined Schools defeats ISE and crowned champions of Division 1 Basketball with a 67-65 final score.
For ISE Academy, Gabriel McFarlane top scored with 24pts and 8rebs. Combined Schools were led by the eventual MVP of the Division 1 Finals, Troy Louison, with 21pts, 8rebs, 7 steals and 5 assists.
Congratulations to Combined Schools and their organization for their first championship of any kind in local basketball.
Meanwhile, the curtains came down on a successful 2013 National Basketball League with the individual awards ceremony and trophies presentation immediately after the Division One finals on Saturday.
The list is as follows:
Division One League Individual Winners
Most Points Linzel Alcee from Soufriere
Most Rebounds Pakel Gumbs from Combined Schools
Most Assists Rawlstan Mitchell from ISE Academy
Most Blocks Arthur Tisson from Bois D’Orange Lions
Most Steals Troy Louison from Combined Schools
Sixth Man of the Year – Tevin St. Jean from Soufriere
MVP of the Finals –Troy Louison from Combined Schools
MVP of the Tournament is Linzel Alcee from Soufriere. He was 1st in most points, 2nd most rebs, 3rd in most assists, 5th in most steals and 9th in blocks.
Premier League Division Leaders
Most Points Tie between Marcian Calderon from VBCC Warlords and Desmond Vidal from Dennery
Most Rebounds Marcian Calderon of the VBCC Warlords
Most Assists Leonard Emmanuel Babonneau Dynasty
Most Blocks Marcian Calderon from the VBCC Warlords
Most Steals Keegan Preville from Courts Jets
Sixth Man of the Year Andre Louison from Courts Jets
MVP of the Finals is Ron Dumurville of Courts Jets
MVP of the Tournament is Marcian Calderon who was tied for most points, 1st in most rebs, 1st in most blocks, 5th in most steals.
The St. Lucia Basketball Federation (SLBF) would like to take this opportunity to thank all stakeholders for making this, yet again a successful 2013 National Men’s Basketball League including the media, affiliates, referees and officials committee and teams.
Special thanks go to all the sponsors who made this year’s event possible and have continued to stand with the SLBF in all its initiatives and developmental plans for the sport on island.