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Nicholas Prescott racked up 27 points as
T&T earned the second automatic spot to
the semifinals of the ninth Caribbean Zonal
Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Junior
(Under-21) Men s Championship after a tense
23-25, 25-21, 24-26, 25-15, 15-12 win over
host Guadeloupe at the Paul Chonchon
Sports and Cultural Centre, Point-a-Pitre,
Guadeloupe, on Thursday night.
Prescott had 23 points and two blocks in
his tally and he was well supported by captain
Newton Grant, who had 13 kills in 14 points
and Maalik Springle with ten in the see-saw
affair which lasted two hours and 14 minutes.
With both teams entering the match with
1-0 records after wins over Bahamas (0-2),
the winner was certain to top the group and
earn the lone automatic semifinal spot, and
in the end, T&T was more aggressive on attack
and outscored its rival 46-36 on spikes.
However, Guadeloupe also played tough
and held the advantage on blocks, 10-9 and
service aces, 6-4 but was undone by its 53
errors as compared to T&T's 47.
For Guadeloupe, Malick Frederic had the
hot hands with 20 points, 13 of which came
off of kills, four on blocks and three on aces
while Damien Ebring added 11 (nine kills),
Yannis Biodore, ten and Nicolas Icheck, six.
With the win, T&T, which earlier in the
day got the better of Bahamas in three closely
fought sets, 25-22, 25-23, 25-23 ended with
a perfect 2-0 record in Pool B and top spot
with eight points.
Guadeloupe was second with a 1-1 record
and six points and faced Barbados, Pool B,
third placed team in one of last night's quar-
The Bahamians who ended with a 0-2
record and one point came up against Pool A
runner-up, US Virgin Islands in yesterday's
Curacao which won Pool A with six points
after all three teams ended with 1-1 records
is the other team with an automatic spot in
Speaking after the loss, Guadeloupe captain
Willy Corenthin said his team came up against
a superior team in T&T on the day and he
believes they have the potential to reach the
He added: "As for my team, we will regroup
for our quarterfinal against Barbados tomorrow
which should be another tough encounter and
hopefully we can get the win, because we
want to meet T&T again, maybe in the final
and get revenge."
T&T's skipper was quick to admit it was
a very difficult match for his team as it was
their second of the day as well as being as
tough as the first.
"The guys did well and now we have a
chance to get some rest and prepare for which
ever team we meet in the semifinals," said
Didier Mancel, coach of Guadeloupe while
crediting T&T for a game well played noted
his players made too many errors.
He said: "We now have to re-think our
strategies for our next match against Barbados
and see what happens after that."
David Camacho in his first year as coach
of T&T, said that playing two matches in one
day was very tough on his team and he was
very delighted that they came out on top in
both to win the group and advance to the
"The match was a very competitive one
and I wish Guadeloupe all the best in the next
match and hopefully as their coach said we
will meet again in the final."
USVI tops Barbados 3-1 to
hand Curacao semis spot
In Thursday's first match of the evening
session, Aseah Thomas had a tournament high
22 points to lead US Virgin Islands past Bar-
bados 14-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-7) in their final
Pool A round-robin match for a three-way
tie at the top of the table.
Thomas had 18 kills in his tournament high
match score while captain Nayib Gonzalez
added a valuable 13 points, ten of which were
kills and three blocks in the one hour and 49
The pair of Tahir Williams and Nosakhere
Williams also chipped in with six points each
for the winners, who had to overcome the last
minute injury to setter Carlos Rosa, just before
the first serve.
For the Barbadians, who just needed a win
to top the group and secure an automatic
semifinal spot, Jabarry Goodridge was once
again their main contributor with 14 points,
laced with 13 kills and captain Ammuniki
Wood, got nine.
Both teams were very even in attack, with
29 spikes each while the shorter USVI players
managed to get the edge on blocks, 13-8 and
dominated on serves, 10-1 while also limiting
its errors to 36, as compared to Barbados 38.
With the four sets win, US Virgin Islands
ended with five points and a (1-1) record, one
point behind Curacao which also ended with
a 1-1 mark while Barbados, the other team in
the group tallied four points and a 1-1 record
This meant that Curacao, the defending
champions advanced straight to today's semi-
finals as group winner based on points while
USVI and Barbados, second and third in the
group, respectively, played in yesterday's (Fri-
day) quarterfinal ahead of the semifinal today
and final playoffs for fifth, third and gold
Ten communities will con-
vene for a day of fun and stiff
competition, when Team-Up
Entertainment hosts its inau-
gural Youth Sports Day, at
Brighton Sports Club, St
Patrick, La Brea, on August 25.
The event, which has received
the support of the Ministry of
Community Development, will
open with a parade of teams
from 9 am, and will be followed
by track and field events, before
the start of the traditional family
day activities, such as the "sack
Participants and spectators,
which comprise particularly reg-
istered youth clubs from the ten
communities, will be treated to
special acts, such as the Police
A Health Fair is also scheduled
to run simultaneously at the
Among the specially invited
guests who are expected to
attend are, the MP for La Brea
Fitzgerald Jeffrey, Mayor of Point
Fortin Clyde Paul and Winston
"Gypsy" Peters, Minister of
The event is sponsored by
Petrotrin, Atlantic LNG, SM
Jaleel, Holiday Snacks, Pepsi and
Prescott rallies T&T past
Guadeloupe in five sets
Team Up Entertainment to host first sports day
T&T captain Newton Grant (#4), left, spikes for a point against Guadeloupe's Damien Ebring
and captain Willy Corenthin Frederick in their final Pool B round-robin match at the Ninth
Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Junior (Under-21) Men's Championship at the
Paul Chonchon Sports and Cultural Centre, Point-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe on Thursday night.
Diego Martin centre Atiba La Roche,
with a top score of 23 points, led his team
to a 107-90 victory away to Cocorite,
when action continued in the Hoop of
Life Community Basketball League at
Cocorite Basketball Court, on Wednesday
The first quarter of play resembled a
hustle, as the ball went from one end of
the court to the other.
However, neither team was able to fully
capitalise to their many attempts at the
target, with the first quarter finishing 16-
9 in favour of Diego Martin, much to the
frustration of Cocorite fans. The second
quarter saw Diego Martin maintain its lead
over Cocorite ending the quarter on 39-
26.Very little changed with the start of the
second half, as Diego Martin continued to
outscore its opponents on the scoreboard.
It was clear that the visitors and their fans
could feel the victory nearing as the support
could be heard from the pavilion.
Chants echoed through the surrounding
apartment buildings as Cocorite supporters
never gave up on the team. La Roche dom-
inated the contest early for the visitors
scoring 12 points in the first half. With five
minutes remaining in the fourth quarter,
the match was clearly leaning toward a win
for Diego Martin, but it did not prevent
the home team from fighting until the end.
Forward Kerron Williams led the fight
for the host with 31 points and was sup-
ported by Gerald Toney (25 points) and
Shemuel Bartholomew with 14 points.
For the winning team, La Roche was fol-
lowed by Sadiki Guerra with 19 points,
Micheal James with 16 points, and Richard
Guiseppi with 13 points.
Two other matches were played in the
league on Wednesday night. Point Fortin
dropped Fanny Village 58-46, while Toco
pipped Valencia 67-64. Marabella was the
night's biggest winner with a 100-62
thrashing of San Fernando.
Four women s teams and six youth
teams will challenge the inaugural T&T
Rugby Football Union (TTRFU) under-
17 and women s ten-a-side "Ruggerama"
Championship, a one-day event, which
will take place from midday today at
the Queen s Park Savannah, Port-of-
The last match of the day, the final
between the winner of the two U-17 groups,
will kick off at 3.45 pm.
Both the Harvard and the Enthusiasts
grounds, at the QPS will be used.
Each team will play the two other teams
from its group, and will vie for the top spot,
after which the team will challenge the top
team in the other group. Similarly, the two
runners-up will play each other for third
place, while the two teams which finish
third in their group will play for fifth and
Group A consists of Southern Exile, Roy-
alians and Stag Trinidad Northern, while
Group B features Caribs, Harvard and
The women's tournament will be played
in a round-robin format.
The four women's teams are, Royalians,
Police, Caribs and Aranguez Romans.
La Roche leads
Diego to victory
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