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Laventille and Marabella, the reigning
champion and runner up in the Hoop of Life
Community Basketball League, respectively,
will clash in the two-matches Round-of-16
knockout stage tonight and on Wednesday.
The winner will advance to the quarter-final.
The first match is booked for St Barb s Bas-
ketball Court, Laventille from 7.30 pm.
Marabella defeated Diego Martin 86-77 at
River Estate, Diego Martin, on Saturday night
to disappoint the home fans for a second year
running. In the first edition, Diego Martin
was stunned by Bethel of Tobago at the same
venue in a sudden-death contest.
For Marabella, forward Ako Pascall scored
14 of his match-high 33 points in the final
quarter. He got support from centre Damian
Caton, who scored nine points but worked
tirelessly on the defence gathering many
For Diego Martin which trailed 21-26, 35-
41 and 54-64 after three sessions of play,
guards Sadiki Guerra and Richard Guiseppi
scored 17 and 10 points, respectively.
In Tobago, twenty-four hours after thrashing
Valencia 101-62, St Joseph suffered a reverse
fate when they were over-run by Canaan/Bon
Accord, 111-78, at the Canaan Basketball Court,
on Saturday night.
Players from both teams executed some
exquisite moves and scored some three-point
bombers that kept the fans chanting for more.
The highlight of the encounter was undoubt-
edly forward Jonathan Weeks powerful dunk
on Canaan/Bon Accord s Richard Alleyne.
The six-foot plus player who boasts great
ball-handling skills collected a rebound, went
coast-to-coast, and after negating traffic, rose
to put down a one-hand "tomahawk dunk"
on defender Alleyne, who contested the shot.
The home fans showed their appreciation by
screaming and celebrating.
Jonathan Potts played like a man possessed
as he challenged defenders to score difficult
and easy lay-ups and jump-shots. He also
was robust on defence coming up with many
defensive rebounds. Potts finished with a
match high 30 points.
He had good support from Randell Moore
with 25 points and Under-21 player, Valdez
Perez, who contributed 18 points.
Weekes led St Joseph s attack with 27 points,
Kendell Gill netted 15 and Calvert Spence 12.
St Joseph need to win by 34 points in the
return match is on tonight at Mt Hope Bas-
ketball Court. Jump-ball is 7.30 pm.
The local pairs of Simon Blake and
Daneil Williams, and Ayana Dyette and
Nancy Joseph will represent T&T at the
seventh Leg of the Norceca Beach Volley-
ball Circuit to be staged in Puerto Rico
from September 18 to 23.
This is after both teams won their respec-
tive one-day qualifying competitions hosted
by the T&T Volleyball Federation at the
Saith Park, Chaguanas Beach Volleyball
Courts on August 27.
In the men s final, Williams and Blake
dominated Fabien Whitfield and Colin
Bernard, 21-9, 22-20.
In the semifinals, Williams and Blake
swept past Malik Springle and Kadaine
Hope, and Whitfield paired with Bernard
to beat Jason Dennis and Kevin Rivers
Last year, Whitfield and Williams created
history by securing a first ever medal for
T&T on the tour, bronze on home soil in
front of their Toco fans, during the tenth
and final leg at Mission Beach.
The women s qualifier was contested on
a round-robin basis featuring four teams,
and in the decider, Dyette and Joseph, got
the better of their former playing partners,
Elki Phillip and Pauline Joseph, 21-11, 15-
21, 15-11 to end with a perfect 3-0 record.
In their other matches, Dyette and Joseph
who reached the semifinals of the tenth
and final leg of last year s tour on home
soil in Toco whipped Shenelle Gordon and
Aphia Glasgow 21-10, 21-13 and Kinesha
Marshall and Jenelle Mieux 21-7, 21-16,
while Woodroffe and Phillip defeated Gor-
don and Glasgow 21-10, 21-12; and Marshall
and Mieux 21-12, 21-5 in their two other
matches for second spot.
The runners-up of both events, Whitfield
and Bernard, and Phillip and Woodroffe
will still have their chance to represent T&T
on the Norceca tour, as a decision was taken
by the T&TVF to allow the teams to par-
ticipate in the sixth leg of the Norceca Cir-
cuit in Cuba from Wednesday until Mon-
This was due to the fact that T&T did
not field any teams for the fifth-leg of the
tour which was held in Cuba last month.
So far this season on the Norceca Circuit,
Blake and Williams had to settle for fifth
in the third leg at Campo Marte Park,
Guatemala City, Guatemala back in April;
while they were 11th out of 16 men s teams
in the opening tournament of the season,
the fifth edition of the Cayman Islands
Beach Volleyball Tournament in March
Among the women, T&T s Elki Phillip
and Apphia Glasgow were 12th in their first
tournament of the season while LasTeisha
Joseph and Kinesha Marshall were winless
in Guatemala after no T&T women s team
participated in the first two events in Cay-
man Islands and Dominican Republic.
The remainder of the tour for the 2013
season will feature stops in San Diego, USA
(October 2 to 7), St Lucia (October 9 to 14),
Costa Rica (October 30 to November 4)
and T&T, from November 13 to 18.
A converted last-minute try from Kelson
Figaro saw Royalians exact revenge on Stag
Trinidad Northern, a team it lost to in the
opening round, when the former team
walked away with a 22-15 win. Action took
place in the second round of the T&T Rugby
Football Union s (TTRFU) Toyota Champi-
onship Division, which kicked off at the
Queen s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, on
With both teams locked at 15-15 in the final
moments, Royalians surged forward to take
the win in a tremendous rearguard effort as
it rebounded well from its 39-22 loss to Caribs
in league action last month. Northern, which
started the season well, was left to consider
its ability to challenge for the title after losing
two straight matches. The last loss, 26-10,
came against a GNC/Gatorage Harvard team
which sits top of the standings with four con-
secutive wins, and three bonus points. Har-
vard, the reigning league champion was on
a bye for the weekend.
The other Championship Division match
saw Caribs thrash rock bottom Rainbow 94-
5. Rainbow, which could not field a full team
has lost all of its matches this season.
The famous Royalians win at Enthusiasts
Pitch, QPS, was played simultanously with
Caribs victory, at Caribs Pitch, QPS.
Royalians was on the back foot from early
into the contest, as both Ade Inniss-King and
Jaime Ablack scored unconverted tries to give
the St Ann s-based club a 10-0 lead. Royalians
responded with a penalty from Felician Guerra
just before half time to spur the team for the
At the start of the second half, Royalians
was awarded a penalty but Guerra could not
replicate his firsrt-half kick. However, Patrick
Roberts subsequently scored a try which was
converted by Guerra to level the encounter.
James Phillip continued Royalians surge to
give the teams its first lead with a try of his
own. Northern once again levelled the score,
15-15, to when Cubison Thorne touched
beyond the try line, but it too went uncon-
verted. The match was seemingly heading for
Northern s second draw of the season and
Royalians first, but with seconds left in the
fixture Figaro found a breakthrough and Guerra
then scored the conversion to see Royalians
through to victory.
With Caribs easing its way to victory over
Rainbow in the field adjacent, the results
changed little in the standings as all teams
retained their positions in which they started
the weekend in.
Caribs, however, inched to within three
points of Harvard, the latter of which remains
with a match in hand.
Next weekend, Caribs will meet a clearly
buoyed Royalians, while Northern hosts Har-
vard in St Ann s. The first leg fixtures ended
in favour of Harvard (26-10) and Caribs (39-
Harvard. . . .4. .4. .0. .0. .139. . .36. .3.19
Caribs. . . . . .5. .3. .1. .1. .224. . .60. .4.16
Northern. . .5. .2. .1. .2. .143. . .94. .2.12
Royalians. . .5. .2. .0. .3. . .111. .176. .1. .9
Rainbow. . .5. .0. .0. .5. . .59. .285. .0. .0
in Hoop of Life action
Kelson FIgaro of Royalians dives toward his match-winning try against Stag Trinidad
Northern, when action continued in the TTRFU Toyota Championship Division, at the Queen's
Park Savannah, on Saturday. Figaro's try, which was converted by Felician Guerra, saw
Royalians to a famous 22-15 victory. PHOTO: ROBERTO COLDALLO
Northern in Toyota series
Caledonia def San Juan, 77-65
La Horquetta def Rio Claro, 76-55
St Joseph def Valencia, 101-62
Marabella def Diego Martin, 86-77
Maloney def Cocorite by default
Guayaguayare def Penal, 74-66
Canaan/Bon Accord def St Joseph, 111-78
La Brea v Maloney, La Brea, 7.30 pm
Laventille v Marabella, St Barb's,
Laventille, 7.30 pm
La Horquetta v Mason Hall, La Horquetta,
Caledonia v Sangre Grande, Paradise
Heights, 7.30 pm
Santa Flora v CapdeVille, Bennette
Village, 7.30 pm
La Romaine v Guayaguayare, Lucky St,
La Brea v Maloney, La Brea, 7.30 pm
Marabella v Laventille, Marabella, 7.30 pm
Guayaguayare v La Romaine, Newland,
Guayaguayare, 7.30 pm
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