What do they say about ‘saving the best for last?’
The opinion of the vociferous members of the sizeable crowd that gathered at the Grell Hull-Stevens Netball complex, on the evening of Saturday 22nd October, was that the best match of the entire series, had been left for the last.
It was the grand finals of the inaugural under 21 Basketball Parish league, sponsored by LEFCO equipment Rentals and hosted by the Nevis Amateur Basketball Association (NABA).
The two teams in focus, were: St. Paul’s and St. John’s.
The game was keenly contested throughout, except for the first quarter, when St. John’s got off to a shaky start and lost the first quarter by all of seven points.
After that it was Even-Stevens as both teams ended up winning two quarters each, with just two points separating the scores as a maximum in the other three quarters.
The two outstanding players for the two teams, were the stand out acts on either side of the court. Thabiti Abrams sunk 25 points and had 22 rebounds for the St. Paul’s team, while Kareem Parry had 22 points and 14 rebounds for the St. John’s team.
Their team mates generally supported well and the crowd was kept on edge right through to the final moments in the last quarter and at the final whistle, it was the St. Paul’s team celebrating.
St. Paul’s Parish 58 St. Johns Parish 54First quarter St. Paul’s 16 St. Johns 9
Second quarter St. Johns 15 St. Paul’s 13
Third quarter St. Paul’s 11 St. Johns 10
Fourth quarter St. Johns 20 St. Paul’s 18
Half time score 29 – 24 in favor of St. Paul’s Parish
St. Paul’s Parish 58 points
Thabiti Abrams 25poi 22reb 2ass 7ste 19turnovers 4 of 11 free throw made
Azaan Liburd 14poi 6reb 2ass 4ste 10turnovers 3 of 6 free throw made
Zakeese Smith 4poi 16reb 3ste 1b/s 11turnovers 0 of 2 free throw
Gene Amory 9poi 6reb 4ass 4stre 1turnover 3 of 4 free throw made
St. John’s Parish 54 points
Kareem Parry 22poi 14reb 3ste 3turnovers 9 of 11 free throw made
Sharma Caines 9poi 4reb 3ass 1b/s 3 turnovers
Rovelto Taveras 7poi 10reb 1ass 1ste 2turnovers 3 of 5 free throw made
Dicquane Gerald 9poi 4reb 3ste 1b/s 5turnovers 3 of 6 free throw made
St. Paul’s Parish is the Lefco Equipment Rental NABA U21 Parish League 2016.