Legs' Ronnie 'Gola' Simmonds right, tries to get past All Ah We's
Relston 'Rellie' Farrington during Saturday night's second game at
the Old Recreation Grounds temporary court
force deciding games in Hoops Xplosion Tournament
BY DEAN GREENAWAY
When the best of three Hoops Xplosion Tournament Championships
series opened a week ago Friday at the Old Recreation Grounds
basketball court, assistant tournament coordinator Lindell
‘Eraser’ DeFretias thought the series would end by Saturday.
DeFrietas said in the
opening games, there was an indication there would be sweeps of the
respective series. “But the following night was a different
story,” he noted. “The other teams came out really hard and
evened the series.”
Both A and B division
championships were decided late Wednesday night after rains
interrupted Sunday’s finale. No results were available as of press
Underdogs All Ah We
opened Saturday night’s second game in the best of three series by
reeling off 19 straight points, after losing Friday night’s opener
to defending champs Young Legs 78-68. Young Legs who opened the
tournament 0-2 came were flat and out of synch from the onset. They
blew scoring opportunities and contributed numerous turnovers before
finally scoring with 7.3 seconds left in the first quarter, on a lay
up by Ronnie ‘Gola’ Simmonds. They trailed 19-2 at the end of
the first quarter.
Young Legs outscored All Ah We 22-14 and pulled within 35-24 at
halftime, as Simmonds scored 13 of his game high 27 points in the
second quarter during their only run of the evening. All Ah We
racked up a second half 40-25 scoring edge for a 75-49 victory.
Chaurbin Smith led All Ah We with 21 points. Avery Percival
added a 14 point 10 rebound double. Terry Turnbull added another 10
Simmonds scored 24
points and dished out 12 assists in the opening 78-68 victory over
All Ah We, who got 23 points from Jahmal Rabsatt.
In the ‘B’ division series, Run It Red got 19 points from
Reynaldo ‘Crossover’ Smith and Jamal Todman respectively, to
beat Dutty Dawgs 61-50 victory to even the series after losing the
opener 71-65 in overtime. Marlon Meyers finished with 10 points 0
rebound double double.
Mckenzie Baltimore who led Dutty Dawgs in the first game with 19
points, carried the load in the second game with 13 points.
Nathaniel Malone added another 12 points.
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