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Last season’s champion Defence Force
could not replicate its past success, but
instead finished a creditable third in
this year’s Mackeson Super 10 Basket-
ball League following a one-sided 92-
56 play-off win over Caledonia Clippers,
on Sunday night.
The sudden-death match was played
at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo.
Preceding that match was the Power-
ade/Toyota Boys Under-15 Championship
game which saw Caledonia Clippers
defeat Maloney Pacers.
In the first match, Maloney Pacers and
Off Limits contested the Boys Under-21
Defence Force, which was soundly
beaten, 3-0, by Valencia Heat in the
Men’s Big-Four (best-in-five) semi-final
play-off series, dominated Caledonia
froms tart to finish.
The army/coastguard combination
opened with a 27-9 lead at the end of
the first period, and remained with
momentum on its side throughout, cruis-
ing to 47-23 and 68-35 advantages after
the second and third sessions.
Derrick Boxill and Kevin Bacquain were
instrumental for Defence Force scoring
18 and 13 points, respectively, while
Steven Lewis provided support with 12
Defence Force takes third in Super 10
The only player, however, to score a double-
double for the winning team was Reon Wilson
who bagged 12 points and caught 14 rebounds.
Also contributing to the team effort was Jamille
King, who closed on 11 points and six rebounds.
Shawn Lawrence had the best figures on the
evening with 20 points and 16 rebounds, but
could not prevent Clippers’ heavy loss, while his
teammates, Akil Paynter (15 points and six
rebounds) and Kerry McMillan (ten points and
five rebounds), both forwards, also had decent
Meanwhile, Game-1 in the title series brings
together Petro Jazz and Valencia Heat in an 8.30
pm clash tonight at the Southern Indoor Sports
Arena, Pleasantville, San Fernando. Jazz defeated
Caledonia Clippers 3-1 to reach their third con-
secutive finals, while Valencia Heat outplayed
defending champions Defence Force 3-0 in their
five-match semi-finals to secure their first cham-
In the first match, Police and Quarter United
will square-off in the game-one of the Women’s
finals from 6:30 pm.
Police lost the 2012 finals to Brian Chase Acad-
emy which it defeated in the semi-final 2-0,
while Quarters register similar success against
Colours in their semi-final match to remain unde-
feated in both the League and play-offs to date.
Caledonia Clippers win Under-15 title
In the opening match, Romel Ash scored a
match-high 17 points, which included the winning
basket with six seconds remaining, to confirm
Clippers as the champion of the Powerade/Toyota
Boys Under-15 division. Clippers edged Maloney
With just 10.1 seconds left on the clock, Ash’s
teammate Hans Coker missed an easy lay-up
before the ball was tapped out of play. Rick Singh,
coach of the Caledonia outfit called a quick time-
out, which may have made all the difference, as
Ash subsequently delivered to secure the win.
The fans of Caledonia and surrounding commu-
nities went up in a celebration frenzy.
The first quarter ended 17-17. Then, when the
first half was completed, Caledonia held the edge,
29-28. After three quarters of play, Clippers
remained ahead by a single point, making it every-
thing to play for in the final 10 minutes of the
Ash got strong support from his captain Tyrik
Singh, the son of the coach, who scored 12 points.
He was later named the match MVP and was
presented with a special award from Courts—a
portable CD/MP3 player. Fidel Iwueke also sup-
ported the team’s cause with ten points.
For Maloney Pacers which lost for the first
time in the division, centre Isiah Brathwaite led
all scorers with 18 well deserved points and was
followed by centre Josiah Best, who added 13.
Maloney Pacers cop third place in Under-21
Pacers dropped Off Limits 88-60 in the Boys
Under-21 play-off for Third place in the first
match of a triple-header.
Coached by former national women’s coach
Christopher Jackson Charles, Maloney was fired
up early into the fixture and led 20-12 after the
The lead inflated to 40-22 at half-time, before
Pacers took an unassailable lead (69-44) by the
end of the third period.
Pacers was led by centre Joel Theodore who
scored a season-best 31 points. For Off Limits
Kushiaih King connected on 22 points and Michael
Gonzales added 14.
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