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Centre Dextroy Manswell came
good and in doing so, helped
Police force a game three in the
Men s Big-Four final of the
National Basketball Champi-
onships on Thursday night at the
Jean Pierre Complex in Mucu-
Manswell, who fouled out of the
opening 76-64 loss to Detour Shak
Attack on Sunday at the Maloney
Indoor Sports Arena, topscored
with 20 points in Game-2 to see
the policemen to a 97-75 victory
to level the series 1-1.
At the start of the clash, Shak
Attack looked set to make a clean
sweep, racing to a 23-16 lead at
the end of the first quarter. This
was due to Police allowing Shak
Attack too many second chances
at the basket which power forward
Andrew Ifill and guard Kurt
"Cotto" Christian, took full advan-
tage of just as they did in game
one. The duo led Shak Attack s
offence from the jump with guard
Orlando Mapp finding his range
from beyond the three-point arc
to the delight of the few supporters
that gathered to witness the event.
He connected on long-range
shots to finish with 11 points.
In the second quarter, Police
tidied up on both ends and started to attack down
low and reduced the number of turnovers which
plagued them in the first session.
"Our aim for this game was to cut down our
turnovers," said assistant coach Ashton Peters after
Manswell used his muscle, size and jumping ability
to manoeuvre through Shak Attack s defence and
helped his team make a comeback and tied the scores
on 42-42 with seconds remaining before the half.
However, Christian spoiled that moment by scoring
a layup on the buzzer.
On the resumption, it was Police edging out front
to earn a five-point (53-48) advantage midway through
the third period. That lead was shortlived as Ifill
dunked on Manswell twice to the crowd s delight,
and Wesley Vincent scored a jumpshot to bring Shak
Attack ahead by one (54-53) and both teams continued
to trade baskets until the scores ended tied at 57 to
close the third session.
Shak Attack coach Gordon "Dread" Felix threw in
a whole court press defence to start the fourth quarter.
Although Shak Attack was getting the turnovers,
they did not capitalise on turning their opportunities
into points and went into a drought.
When they did begin scoring again it was Police
taking the initiative through forward Fabrice Fisher,
who showed up for this game.
He connected on three three-pointers in getting
to his total of 18.
The lead changed from team to team, but it was
when power-forward Ifill departed the contest via
the foul-out route, a development that impacted
Shak Attack s game plan the most. He had scored
a mere 12 points.
"Ifill had scored most of Shak Attack s points in
the first game so we made adjustments to keep the
ball out of his hands and it worked for us," said Peters.
With Ifill, who had led with 31 points in the first
match, off the court, the post belonged to the police
officers and they exacted revenge on their counterparts.
Police had three other players scoring double-digits
including Vincent with a brilliant 18 and 12 each from
post player Don Wilkinson and guard Ronell Winter
as they ran away with the 16-point win.
"We are coming with same strategy in the final
match. Cut down on unforced errors and manage
our turnovers and also score our easy basket," said
Peters. The final game to decide the championships
is tomorrow evening at Jean Pierre Complex and
jump ball is 7 pm.
Detour Shak Attack
75 (Kurt Christian 15,
Andrew Ifill 12,
Orlando Mapp 11,
Virgil Fraser 10, Andy
Best 10) vs Police 91
(Dextroy Manswell 20,
Fabrice Fisher 18,
Wesley Vincent 18,
Don Wilkinson 12,
Ronell Winter 12).
23-16 (Shak Attack),
44-42 (Shak Attack),
Manswell turns table on
Shak Attack in Game-2
from behind to
of the best-in-
Big Four final
in the Men's
s at Jean
won 91-75 to
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