PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Fire Service earned the first finals birth in the #SCBL2015 playoffs by defeating Black Bay in a nail-biter at Micoud.
It took the entire 40 minutes of regulation to decide this highly contested and overly physical match-up. Big man Marcian Calderon was slow going in the paint as Black Bay’s rigid interior defense allowed him little ground early. For the rest of the game Calderon struggled, coming to blows at one point with the Black Bay defense which was quickly settled by the officials.
It was a tight matchup throughout with brief lead changes. Down by 2 points and with less than 2 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter Calderon was foulrd and scored 2 free throws for the tie. Teammate Carlos Solomon would score in transition and then Calderon made a hook shot in the paint to give the Fire Service the lead 58-54.
It was then the Andre Louison show as the small forward countered with back to back treys for Black Bay, being fouled on the second, And1. Black Bay lead 60-59 with 36 seconds remaining.
Louison would miss the free throw and Black Bay fouled Calderon at the other end on a move to the goal. Calderon was flawless at the foul line scoring 2 for 2 to give SLFS the lead 61-60, 24 seconds to go.
Black Bay’s final possession ended badly. Trapping in the deep right corner the Fire Srrvice were able to steal the ball leading to a foul that sent shooting guard Vachel Cherubin to the charity stripe. With just 3 seconds of regulation remaining it was a chance to pile on extra points to seal the victory.
Cherubin would miss both foul shots, but recovered the rebound, dribbling off to the final whistle.
Marcian Calderon 23 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal.
Glenn Antoine 11 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 1 block.
Omowale Jn Baptiste 10 points
Andre Louison 18 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists.
Ali Quinlan 15 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assist, 1 steal.
Durocher Antoine 12 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal.
Scoring Per Quarter
SLFS 20, 10, 15, 16
Black Bay 15, 18, 8, 19
#SCBL2015 Playoffs continue tomorrow
Finals Eliminator in Micoud at 7pm
#1 Run ‘N Gun All-stars vs #3