PRESS RELEASE – On Saturday October 17th the finale of the 2015 Commercial League basketball Tournament was set ahead of a raucous and excited crowd.
Available parking was limited and spare seating was non-existent as fans and supported came to support their favorite teams. Game 1 was the third place game between the Teachers Unions and IRD Hustlers, but judging from the intensity of the players and frenzied energy of the crowd,one would think it was game 7 an NBA final.
From the opening tip, the IRD Hustlers dominated the teachers with an aggressive up-tempo style, which enabled them to jump to 22 to 10 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back.
The dynamic duo of Ron Dumurville and Keegan Preville were just too potent of a combination for the teachers and cruised to a comfortable win 60-44. The KFC player of the game was again Ron Dumurville who poured in 21 pts, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals.
His running mate Keegan Preville chipped in with 18 pts, 21 rebounds, 6 assist and 6 steals. For the Teachers, Glen Antoine contributed 10 points and 13 rebounds in the loss.
It was now time for the game everyone was waiting for-the finals between Sandals High-risers and Goddard Group. At this point it was all but pandemonium at the BIF as fans from both team could not contain their excitement.
Ahead of the game, an unofficial poll conducted among fans indicated that Sandals would prevail over last year’s runner up Goddard Group. It was now time to see if the predictions were accurate!
As if aware of the poll results, the Goddard group pounced on the Sandals Highrisers and at the end of the 1st quarter 24-4. The Goddard faithful were drunk with excitement whilst both Sandals players and fans seemed shocked and unprepared for Goddard furious onslaught led by Ali Quinlan who finished with 21 pts, 4 rebounds, 4 steals! It appeared that the 2015 CBL championship would be a blowout and the concern on the face of the SLBF executive members could not be masked!
However, like any good team In Basketball Sandals weathered the storm and mounted a furious comeback-out scoring Goddard in the 2nd and 3rd quarter! Going in the 4th quarter Goddard was clinging onto a 3 point lead.
National league standout, Andre Louison then decided to put the team on his shoulders in the final stretch and sealed Sandals fate-pulling away to a 66-53 win!
KFC player of the game Andre Louison finished with 31 pts, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. For the gritty Sandals high-risers Ricardo ‘Bubba’ Sayers chipped in 10pts, 5 rebounds and 5 steals in the loss.
Below are the Individual and team winners at the 2015 KFC CBL:
Most Points: Ron Dumurville( IRD Hustlers)
Most Rebonds: Keegan Preville( IRD Hustlers)
Most Steals: Andre Louison( Goddard Group)
Most Assists: Keegan Preville (IRD Hustlers)
MVP Regular Season: Keegan Preville( IRD Hustlers)
MVP Finals: Andre Louison
Most Supportive Commercial House: IRD Hustlers
Third Place: IRD Hustlers
Second Place: Sandals High Risers
2015 KFC CBL Champions: Goddard Group
On behalf the SLBF we would to congratulate the Goddard Group- The new 2015 KFC CBL Champions; our partner St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce, all the teams who competed at a very high level, fans, the hard working referee and officials team, and of course our Sponsors: KFC, Supreme bleach, Bengay, AIM, Exelsign, 123 Digital, and Crown Jugglers.