Finals set in local basketball

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Finals set in local basketball

The Saint Lucia Basketball Federation (SLBF) after a two-week break is all set to resume with the finals of both divisions of its 2013 National Men’s Basketball League.

The best-of-three series begins on Sunday, June 23 at the Beausejour Gymnasium with a doubleheader starting in the Division 1 finals at 6 pm followed by the Premier League finals at 8 pm.

The Division 1 finals is a match-up between two first-time finalists, the very improved Combined Schools team versus ISE Academy, who were almost perfect through the regular and post season.

Combined Schools has impressed this year in the Division One league and has certainly deserved their place in Sunday’s finals behind strong performances from notable names such as Kraigg Brooks, Troy Louison and Parkel Gumbs, among others.

ISE Academy has been led throughout this year’s tournament behind the influential play of team captain Gabriel McFarlane and good all-round support from their other role players, Rawlstan Mitchell and Johnson Mondesir. ISE has gotten the best over Combined Schools so far in the regular season with two victories and will know two more wins will see them secure their first and this year’s Division One Championship.

In Game 2 of the night’s doubleheader, it’s a more familiar look when two clubs that know each other very well takes the spotlight for the main event as they clash to see who will reign supreme for this year’s Premier League Championship. No love is lost when the VBCC Warlords faces their arch rivals, three-time defending champions Courts Jets in the finals, and it is expected to be a great series.

VBCC Warlords went the distance in their best-of-three series victory over Dennery Dolphins, winning 2-1 in their semifinal encounter. Courts Jets made easy work of Babonneau Dynasty with a 2-0 series sweep to get to the finals, and are looking to secure their fourth successive championship.

For VBCC it’s a case of getting over the hump after always being so close but always falling short. Courts Jets this year has had great contributions to assist the ever-threatening Ron DuMurville in the likes of Andre Louison, who has put on some stellar performances so far in their title chase, aided by high-flying Keegan Preville.

Marcian Calderon and Nigel Butcher are the stand-out players for VBCC and will likely be the key players for them alongside their supporting cast.

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  1. It's amazing to see that Courts Jets and VBCC are still going strong; played for Roots Alley ballers against them in '89.

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