Basseterre, St. Kitts (November 3, 2015) — Progress in the Harris Basketball League 2015 has been severely hampered by inclement weather, even as defending champions Strivers Basketball Club still maintain an unbeaten run after four appearances.
Both Ballaholics and Redemption Squad teams have been the most affected by the weather as they have only played one game each so far. A game supposed to have been played on Monday night (November 2) on the Molineux hard court between Ballaholics and Mantab was rained out.
Basketball fans that have thronging the newly refurbished hard court were equally disappointed last Saturday (October 31) when the two scheduled games for the evening, the first being Mantab Vs. Redemption Squad and the second one between Inner City Ballers and Ballaholics suffered the same fate.
On Saturday October 24 a game between Redemption Squad and Inner City Ballers was rained out, while the game due to have been played on Monday October 26 between Free Up and Ballaholics could not proceed as there was no current. The tussle on Tuesday October 27 between Strivers and Redemption Squad got rained out in the middle of the game.
The last time basketball fans saw action on the Molineux hard court was on Thursday October 29 when Inner City Ballers beat Fair Share 87-69. Interestingly, Fair Share led 18-12 at the end of the first quarter, but stumbled and trailed by ten points (31-41) at half time. Inner City with Leverette Taylor and Sylvester Whyte leading the attack led 67-51 at the end of the third quarter, and went on to easily take the game 87-69.
On Wednesday October 28, Ottleys Ballers led all the way to beat Mantab 78-63. At the end of the first quarter the team that boasts the likes of dunk scorer the lanky Joshio ‘Biggie’ Morton led 20-12, lost some ground by half time coming out with a narrow lead of 30-31, but later found their footing and were comfortably leading 56-47 at the end of the third quarter.
Fair Share’s George Gaton was not in a compromising mood on Thursday October 22 when his team humbled Ottleys Ballers 91-69. He scored a total of 29 points, while contributing 7 defensive rebounds, 6 offensive rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals. His other colleagues Ray Liddie and Shawn Forbes each scored 26 points. On the losing side, Joshio ‘Biggie’ Morton returned 23 points.
From four games played, Mantab have won only one and they did that on Wednesday October 21 when they played a hamstrung Free Up team which had only five players. They did not even do the much damage the enthused spectators would have anticipated, having trailed 11-18 at the end of the first quarter, and 28-31 at half time. They only found their footing after the five Free Up players got tired and so they led 49-47 at the end of the third quarter and finally took the game at 68-59.
League standing as at Monday November 2, defending champions Strivers would have played and won four games. Fair Share have played four, lost one; Inner City Ballers have played four and lost one; Mantab have played four and lost three; Ottleys Ballers have played four and lost three, Redemption Squad have played and won one game; Ballaholics have played and lost one game; while at the bottom of the table are Free Up who have played and lost three games.
Games are expected to continue on the Molineux hard court Tuesday evening (November 3) weather permitting.