The first of the night featured a battle of youth squads, Combined Schools versus Soufriere Sulphur Stars.
With the series squared at one apiece, it was a case of win or go home for both teams. It looked clearly like playoff basketball during the encounter with a low-scoring output from both teams.
At the half the score was 22-20 in favor of Soufriere. A low six-point third quarter saw Soufriere go into the fourth quarter down three points and Combined Schools in front 31-28.
Combined Schools held on for the win in the end despite a late spurt by Soufriere to book their way into the finals with a 40-39 victory over Soufriere.
Linzel Alcee led the way for Soufriere, scoring 20 and grabbing 10 rebounds and 5 steals. Combined Schools were led by Troy Louison with 11 points, 8 rebounds, and big Parkel Gumbs with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Game two of the evening saw a comfortable win for ISE Academy over Bois D’Orange Lions, 77-62, to join Combined Schools as the other finalists in Division One basketball.
ISE was ably led again by Gabriel McFarlane with 32 points, 10 rebounds and 7 steals. He was supported by Rawlstan Mitchell with 17 points and 4 steals.
With defending champions Courts Jets already booking their place in the Premier League finals after a 2-0 series win over Babonneau Dynasty, it was the turn of VBCC Warlords and Dennery Dolphins to decide who would meet them when they clashed at the Beausejour Indoor Facility on Sunday, June 2 with that series tied at one apiece.
And it was a clash indeed with neither team willing to give up the edge with some aggressive and less than inspiring play from both teams. In the end, VBCC Warlords proved too much for Dennery Dolphins, getting passed them with a 58-51 score margin and book their place in the finals to face Courts Jets.
For the Warlords, Marcian Calderon led with 16 points and a huge 22 rebounds. Desmond Vidal added 19 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks for Dennery but proved inadequate to put his team into the finals.
So the finals are set in both Divisions, with action set to get underway Sunday, June 23 from 6 pm:
Division One: Combined Schools vs. ISE Academy
Premier League: VBCC Warlords vs. Courts Jets
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