PRESS RELEASE – The excitement continued last weekend with the final group stage matchups and first quarterfinal games in the KFC Commercial Basketball League.
In the first of Friday’s games, Group B’s Sandals Highrisers and Le Sport faced off with Sandals coming out with the 69-47 victory.
For the Body Holiday, Joel Polius put up 27 points, 13 rebounds.
Neither team has qualified for the quarterfinal round.
In the final group matchup of the tournament, the SLTU took on the RSLPF Combined Forces in a game postponed from Wednesday September 28th due to the passage of Tropical Storm Matthew.
Both teams vying for the top seed in Group D resulted in a keenly contested and very physical matchup riddled with injuries.
The teachers held on to a lead throughout the first 3 quarters, ending the third with a 54-49 advantage, but a late 4th quarter surge sparked by Calious Dantes gave the Police a 74-68 victory at the end of regulation.
Dantes, (17 points 10 rebounds) hit a go ahead basket moments after receiving treatment for a head injury sustained in the 3rd.
Durocher Antoine, also instrumental in that 4th quarter run chipped in10 points, 8 rebounds, 7 steals.’
For Teachers, Kevin Antoine raked in 30 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals.
The quarterfinals went underway on Saturday October 1st.
In game one, Group B’s top seed Saint Luca Fire Service delivered a 97-43 thrashing to Group C’s second seeded IRD Husslers., clinching the first semifinal spot of the tournament.
KFC Player of the Game veteran Desmond “MacDyess” Vidal continued to put on a clinic in the CBL, leading four Fire Service players in double figures, with 34 points, 13 rebounds, 3 steals 1 block
Owen Cazaubon chipped in 18 points, 8 rebounds and Marcian Calderon 17 points, 11 rebounds.
For the IRD Husslers, Ron Dumerville had a game high 36 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals, 5 assists; Keegan Preville 20 points, 9 rebounds.
ECFH/BOSL clinched the second semifinal spot with a 74-69 victory over Digicel.
KFC Player of the Game Kurt Hyacinth raked in 24 points, 9 rebounds, Point guard Jean Michel Eloise also put up a commendable effort for BOSL with 14 points, 7 rebounds, 7 steals.
Johnson Mondesir logged 15 points, 19 rebounds for Digicel.
The two remaining quarterfinal matchups will take place on Friday October 7th
RSLPF takes on Media Ballers at 6:00pm while Teachers and Goddard Group/PCD square off at 8:00pm
The winners of these two matchups face each other in the semis On Saturday October 8th at 8:00pm.
Meanwhile, BOSL and the Saint Lucia Fire Service will have their semifinal battle at 6:00pm.