Rebels triumphant in Trafalgar Basketball League’s semi-final playoffs

first_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img 22 Views   no discussions NewsSports Rebels triumphant in Trafalgar Basketball League’s semi-final playoffs by: – April 19, 2012 On Wednesday 19th, the Fond Canie Rebels defeated the Upper Village Hoosiers by a final score of 72-66 pts. The Hoosiers, who topped their zone in the regular season, secured a first round and came into this game, on one weeks rest, unlike that the rebels, who played a gruesome, 3 game quarterfinal series against the Laudat Spartans, the previous week. Both teams came into this semi-final grudge match, high on confidence, and looking to get the best of each other. The Hoosiers were considered as the underdogs, and will continue to be, for this series, as the Rebels possess a much stronger and deeper squad both on paper, and on the actual court.Both teams were without one key player, as Daryl Thomas & Nick Nicholas were missing for the Rebels & Hoosiers respectively. The referees were Bernard Mills & “Peggy”.From the opening tip, the Hoosiers were in full control of the game. It was being dominated both defensively, and especially offensively, by the team. The name, “underdogs”, had gone completely out the window, with the way they had opened & dominated. No one expected it, or saw it coming, not even the Hoosiers players themselves. The crowd was in complete shock as to what was going on. They Rebels were held to only 6 points, in the opening quarter, as it ended 21-6 in favor of the Hoosiers.The only thing going for the Rebels, were some vital defensive stops, namely, blocked shots; otherwise, the lead would have even been bigger. With this opening, confidence was huge on the Hoosiers bench, and opened the 2nd quarter in the same high tempo fashion as the first. They continued to dominate and keep the lead. But, with about 5 minutes to go in the quarter, the rebels began to settle into the game, and come to terms with them. Baskets were now being traded on both ends of the floor, and the game had now begun to change. The half ended, with the Hoosiers still leading, now, only by a minimal 8 pts. They allowed the Rebels to score 26 pts, in the quarter, compared to the 1st quarter, of allowing only 6. Nevertheless, the 1st half belonged to the Hoosiers; a surprise to all players and fans as well.By the 3rd quarter, the tables had now completely turned with the Rebels now starting to show their worth. The dominance of offence & defence had now belonged to them. The solid bodies of Peter Ricketts, Ronlad Bruno & Stevie Ettienne, were difficult to contain, as well as the back court, belonging to Joel Mc’Intyre & Shayne Guiste. The game was still in the balance, with Ramal Carbon, Edgar George & Joseph “Boone” Jno. Baptiste, along with Orlando George & Curtist Joseph still working hard. The 3rd quarter had ended, this time, with theRrebels on top, 50-47 pts, leading by only 3, but this was a huge difference, compared to being down by as many as 20 pts, in the opening half. By the 4th quarter, it had gotten even more difficult, with key big man, Ramal Carbon, in foul trouble. The Rebels greatly used it to the advantage, as bodies were thrown at him, anywhere & everywhere he played, and the easy buckets were being converted, as he could not commit, as he was needed offensively. There was a bit of a comeback by the Hoosiers to tie the game at 62 all, with about 5 minutes to go, but that was the end of that, as the Rebels took control once more, and never looked backed, finishing the game with the final score or 72-66 pts. During the final minutes of the game, players from the Hoosiers team felt that referees were against them, as they were not getting the calls that the needed to win the game. All in all, it was an impressive performance by the Hoosiers, that no one saw coming. Rebels lead best of 3 series, 1-0, with crucial game 2 on Friday night at 7: 30 p.m. at the Trafalgar Basketball arena.Top performers for Hoosiers were; Edgar George – 20 pts, 4 asts, Ramal Carbon – 16 pts, 9 reb, Joseph “Boone” Jno Baptiste – 12 pts, 7 reb, 5 asts.Top performers for Rebels were; Joel Mc’Intyre – 19 pts, 9 asts, Ronald Bruno – 15 pts, 7 reb, 4 asts, Peter Ricketts – 14 pts, 6 reb, 2 blks, Heskeith “Bulldog” Winston – 12 pts, 2 asts, 2 reb and Shane Guiste – 10 pts, 8 asts.Next scheduled games are as follows; – Thursday night – 7:30 – Elvis Welding Services Road Stars vs. Lily Valley Sharks – Friday night – 7:30 – Upper Village Hoosiers vs. Fond Canie RebelsBy: Edgar Georgelast_img

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