By: Curtis Morton
It was billed to be an exciting game and the sizeable crowd at the Grell Hull-Stevens Netball Complex was indeed given a treat in terms of ball skills, as Old Skool faced off with Bronx Crisis in the NABA League.
This was the first match for Sunday 14th June.
During the final quarter, the score line was tied on a few occasions and neither team allowed the other to take a decisive lead.
The intensity mounted as the players on both sides defended stoutly and executed some vicious looking block shots.
The scoreline at the end of regulation time was Old Skool 61 and Bronx Crisis 61
The Old Skool team went to work immediately in the five minutes of extra time granted. With only seconds on the clock, a critical foul was awarded to Matthew Harding of Bronx Crisis, who went to the free throw line with the score delicately placed on 67 to 65 in favour of Old Skool.
To the chagrin of his team’s fan base, Harding missed both shots. The groans of the fans could have been heard all the way in down town Charlestown!
A few more fouls and some firm block shots, served to prolong the game but at the final whistle; it was the Old Skool team that was celebrating.
Final score: OLD SKOOL 69 BRONX CRISIS 65
During the game, there were a few push offs between opposing players as the intensity mounted. However, the referees kept things pretty much under control.
Disappointingly though, at the final whistle, two players of opposing teams, were seen going toe to toe, with fists flailing, not unlike Mayweather and Pacquiao.
NABA’S President, Wanda Parry indicated that the two players involved in the altercation will be suspended from the league for at least two matches.
Old Skool 69 Bronx crisis 65
First quarter Bronx crisis 14 old school 5
Second quarter old Skool 24 Bronx crisis 14
Third quarter Old Skool 17 Bronx crisis 17
Fourth quarter Bronx Crisis 16 Old Skool 15
Overtime Old Skool 8 Bronx Crisis 4
Halftime score 29 – 28 in favor of Old Skool
Old Skool 69
Robert Scott 24poi 17reb 6 of 9 free throw made
Santos Calderon 13 poi 8reb 9ass 3 of 6 free throw made
Vance Allen 17 poi 2reb 2ass 1ste 5 of 10 free throw made
Bronx Crisis 65 points
Justin Bell 18poi 10reb 1ass 2ste 2 of 4 free throw made
Matthew Harding 23poi 2reb 1ass 0 of 4 free throw made
Kelvin Bramble 8poi 14reb 2ass 2 of 5 free throw made
In the other game of the evening, CG Rebels even with a depleted bench for yet another night, won over Dynasty ballers.
Final score: CG Rebels 69 Dynasty Ballers 40
C G Rebels 59 Dynasty Ballers 40
First quarter C G Rebels 12 Dynasty Ballers 9
Second quarter C G Rebels 17 Dynasty Ballers 5
Third quarter C G Rebels 11 Dynasty Ballers 8
Fourth quarter C G Rebels 19
Dynasty Ballers 18
Halftime score 29-14 in favor of C G Rebels
C G Rebels 59 points
Justin Jeffers 21poi 31reb 5ass 1ste 7b/s 1 of 1 free throw made
Royden Browne 12poi 21reb 5ass 2ste 2b/s 1 of 1 free throw made
Donford Wilkinson 14poi 15reb 3ass
Jerry Jeffers 12poi 8reb 3ass 2ste
Dynasty Ballers 40 points
Julian Nisbett 7poi 14reb 1ass 2ste
Orion Jones 10poi 7reb 1ass 3ste 1b/s 0 of 1 free throw made
Dio Hendrickson 11poi 6reb 2ass 4ste
Next game is scheduled for Tuesday June 16th at 7pm when Central Starz and Students takes on Old Skool. The rained out game between C G Massives and High Voltage will be played at half time on that same day.