By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
When all the talking was done, Desert Storm had nothing to say in the Hon. Julian Fraser Save The Seed Basketball League on Sunday night.
Talk Done overcame a 12 points halftime deficit then held Desert Storm scoreless over the final 1:25 for an eight point 75-67.
“We had a rough start with a good bit of turnovers because we weren’t taking our time passing the ball,” noted Talk Done’s Coach Marshall Thomas.
Talk Done trailed 44-32 at half time then used a 34-16 third quarter run to pull within 60-56 at the end of the period. They tied the game at 60-60 with 7:47 left in the fourth quarter then went ahead 61-60 when Bodean Samuel—who finished with 17 points to go with 8 rebounds and four assists—converted one of two free throws and never relinquished the lead en route to the victory.
Kevon Lettsome followed up with 14 points. He also had five rebounds and four assists for Talk Done who improved to 2-1.
Tarique Wattley and J’Kwon Frett had 19 points respectively for Desert Storm who evened their record at 2-2.
“Even though we were behind I was still confident that we would have won the game because I saw some strengths where we had down in the bottom,” Thomas explained. “I tried to keep my guys in the game, play man on man defense to put pressure because we were behind and catch back up and we took our time and did just that.”
Desert Storm’s coach Kareem Thomas declined to comment on his team’s second half meltdown.
In other games, Kishawn Fahie recorded a 21 points and 11 rebounds double double to lead four players in double figures as defending champs Ruff House whipped the Warrias, 111-95. Jomori Dagou chipped in 19 points and eight rebounds. Sean “Chino” Woods and Roger Farrington added 18 and 14 points respectively.
Shakeem Blackmore had a game high 27 points and pulled 15 boards to lead the Warrias. Eric Casey dropped in 20 and Kaheem Clarence poured in 18 to the tally.
Led by Ray Victor’s 24 points, Da 3rd beat Run It Red 85-77. Dion Blyden and Dominic Ward followed up with 22 and 18 points respectively. Tavon Phillip led Run It Red with a game high 32 points and 11 rebounds. Nigel Carey dropped in another 19.
Avengers toppled Games Boys 68-57. Kevin Issac finished with 13 points for the winners and Michael Benjamin had 12 to lead Game Boys.
Sandy Nadal had a game high 25 points in leading Bayside Blazers past West Gunners, 92-59. Kemuel Jackson was West Gunners leading scorer with 12.
In Jr. Division play, K’Andre Clarke dropped in 15 points in helping Swaggas to 37-24 triumph over Young Starz Jr. Shaahiem Cupid was Young Starz Jrs. leading scorer with 10 points.
Ajai Frett led Jr. West Gunners past YEP, 33-26. Frett had 13 points to go with seven rebounds, seven steals and five assists. Raheem Hodge contributed another 10 points.
Gershon Bowers was YEP’s top scorer with 10 points.