PRESS RELEASE – The last week in the 2015 KFC Commercial basketball league was white hot! Buzzer beaters, unbelievable comebacks, upsets, tremendous individual performances were all on the menu; and it appears that the action has just begun!
On Wednesday, the last of the regular season games was played between The Digicel 4G ballers and Goddard Group.
Digicel held firmly to the lead for most of the game but had a mental lapse at the worst opportune time! With 3 seconds left on the clock, with a tie game and on the line to shoot the second of 2 free throws.
The 4G ballers failed to box out and allowed Goddard’s Ali Quinlan to sneak in for an offensive rebound and a game winning basket with no time left on the clock! Final score 56-54.
The KFC player of the Game was Goddard’s Andre Louison who chipped in 23 pts, 11 rebounds and 7 steals. For Digicel, Carlos Solomon poured in 17pts in the loss.
And with that the quarter final stage was set for the weekend and from all indication, all teams were ready.
On Friday, the first game of the double header was the battle of the Hotels. Sandals High risers, came up against Le Sport. As was expected, the game was high energy, and ultra-competitive as both teams treated each possession as if it was their last. However Sandals balanced attack and tight zone defense neutralized Le Sports strong interior play. And so the high risers were the first to book their Semifinal spot with a victory over Le Sport 63-57.
The KFC player of the game was Simeon “Jim” Medard for Sandals with a strong all round game; 12 pts, 14 rebounds, 5 steals, 3 assists. For Le Sport Lanse Prospere poured in 25 pts and 4 steals in the loss.
Game 2 of the night picked up right where game 1 left off; with tremendous on-court energy and excitement matched by the supporters of both teams-it was game on! In this quarter final match-up; the high-powered IRD Hustlers were matched up against the formidable Media Ballers.
From the opening tip neither team wanted to give up any ground, but in the 3rd quarter the media mounted a furious offensive serge and going into the 4th quarter it all seemed to be over for the IRD Hustlers being down 9 points with 5 mins and 14 seconds left.
However, the Hustlers behind the heroics of National league standout Ron Dumurville who scored the game tying and game winning baskets; erasing the 9 point lead and sealing the game 63-60.
The KFC player of the Game was none other than Ron Dumurville who recorded 31 pts, 7 rebounds and 4 steals. His running mate Keegan Preville had a monster game with 23 pts, 21 rebounds, steals and 5 assists. For the Media Ballers Arthur Tisson recorded 17 pts and 10 rebounds in the loss.
On Saturday night the action continued with Goddard Group in action once again, coming up against the perineal CBL powerhouse- Combined Forces.
This time there were no last minute heroics needed, as the Goddard group took an early lead which they did not relinquish despite a strong 4 quarter attack from the lawmen. The KFC player of the game was Andre Louison with 26 pts, 15 rebounds and 6 assists. For the Combined forces Shane Vitalis poured in 10 pts and 10 rebounds in the loss.
In the second game of the night and last semifinal spot, the Teachers union came up against the Renwick Cosmos. Immediately, the Teachers jumped off to a quick 10-0 lead and never looked back. The Cosmos could not get in sync offensively and the teacher’s aggressive defensive style only compounded the situation.
In the end, the teachers defeated the Cosmos 50-43 behind the red hot play of KFC player of the game Glen Antoine who recorded 20 pts and pulled down 22 rebounds. In the loss the Cosmos Larry Shepherd pulled down 15 pts and 6 rebounds.
And with that the Semi-Finals are set with the following teams: Sandals High risers, Goddard Group, Teacher’s Union and IRD Hustlers.
Who will be the 2015 KFC CBL champions; The Final Four begins this coming Saturday the 10th at the Beausejour Indoor Facility form 6pm.