In what was arguably the best match of the #SCBL2014 Playoffs so far #4 BBC defeated #1 Black Bay Basketball to steal the faster route to the Finals.
Black Bay Basketball was on fire in the first quarter, Ali Quinlan scoring 8 points, hitting 2 of the 3 treys made by his club in the quarter. BBC trailed 19-9 at the end of the 1st and the telltale body language of a team that was done-for could be seen across the bench, except on the face of forward Demin Dormant.
What sparked the comeback in the 2nd quarter could be anybodies guess, but Demin Dormant coming off the bench was the best return punch BBC could have devised.
The slim forward scored 8 points in the quarter, attacking the basket with a deftness that was hardly seen during the regular season. By halftime BBC still trailed, 30-24, but the tiny run ignited by the Dormant inspired the BBC crew to stand firm and fight.
The 3rd quarter was the tightest of the match, each club stalled by unyielding defense and scoring only 7 points. In the 4th, however, BBC went all out, crashing the boards at both ends, and guards like Prince Edwin attacking with reckless abandon.
Edwin scored two layups in traffic driving through the middle of the paint, part of a 9-2 run from the start of the 4th which gave them the lead for the first time, 40-39, with less than 6 minutes remaining.
Black Bay responded with 4 straight points, 3 by Derocher Antoine to regain the lead 43-40 with 3:31 remaining but, with Black Bay in penalty foul situation, BBC was sent to the charity stripe on two occasions scoring 2 of 4 to close within 1, 43-42.
A layup by Fergusson Jean put Black Bay up 3, 45-42, with 1:43 remaining. And after a failed trip by BBC, Shawn Auguste slipped behind the defense for an uncontested layup to increase the lead 47-42.
Then it happened. The “slim catalyst” got free on the right wing and launched an unlikely bomb from behind the arc that fell, BANG! BBC closed within 2, 47-45, off a Demin Dormant trey.
It seemed that bomb shook the soul of Black Bay Basketball because the subsequent imbound pass was stolen by BBC captain Kurt Raphael who was quickly fouled going to the hoop.
The BBC skipper went to the free throw line and was clutch, scoring 2 of 2 and tying scores at 47. Time-out Black Bay with less than 30 seconds remaining.
Another errant pass by Black Bay gave BBC possession with 10 secs remaining. BBC missed on 2 high percentage opportunities to win the game… Overtime!
After trailing in the first 3 minutes of overtime, BANG! A big trey by Craig Fontellio put BBC up 53-51. Fontellio continued to be productive in the clutch scoring 4 of 6 free throws as Black Bay continued to foul to stop the clock.
Still with 9 seconds remaining and down 59-56, Black Bay with ball possession had an opportunity to tie the game with a trey. Alas, the play went awry, stolen by BBC and scored by Raphael. BBC winning in emphatic fashion.
With this upset #4 BBC has stolen the easiest route to the Finals, needing just one more win on November 29th. The #1 seed, Black Bay Basketball, is now relegated to the loser’s bracket and will need 3 wins to make the Finals or be knocked out with a subsequent loss.
. Craig Fontellio 21 points, 15 rebounds
. Kurt Raphael 18 points, 14 rebounds
Black Bay Basketball
. Ali Quinlan 20 points, 15 rebounds, 6 steals and 3 assists
. Fergusson Jean 10 points, 12 rebounds