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GTSC earns 4th consecutive CIBA men's basketball title - Jul 24, 2008


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Sebastian
Sachse
(Published by the Cayman News)

For four consecutive years George Town Sports Club (GTSC) has secured the championship in the Cayman Islands Basketball Association Mens Division One League. Sunday night (6 July) at the Digicel Court proved no different.

Perhaps the only change was that the victory wasnt a walk in the park as the finals against Shaolin went the entire three games - and all in front of a standing-room-only crowd.

The first night GTSC defeated Shaolin 90-80, then lost the next game 132-126. But that second game will go down in CIBA history as one of the most hotly contested finals on record, as it went into triple overtime before Shaolin emerged victorious. And by games end GTSC had only four players on the court as three of their stars - Antonio Thompson (-G) Mike Morgan (-C) and Lloyd Samuels got into foul trouble

While the final game on Sunday played out in regulation time, it was no less competitive, and as National Technical Basketball Director Victor Voot OGarro told the players: Both teams can be proud of their performance tonight and throughout the series we have a record attendance and you both played excellent ball.

Shaolin began the scoring with two points by Jerome Narcisse, and Collin Anglin (186-G-78) followed up with a three-pointer, making it Shaolin 5, GTSC 0. GTSCs Antonio Thompson nailed his first three-pointer, taking the score to 5-3 Shaolin. Lloyd Samuels followed with two points for GTSC, tying the score at 5-5, and so it went. Shaolin scored; GTSC answered back. In fact, the quarter ended at 26-26.

The fans were cheering and jeering, depending on who they were there to see. One thing was sure: none of the fans were bored. One was overheard to say, I love this game.

GTSC opened the scoring in the second quarter with three-pointers from Samuels and Thompson. Shaolin remained stuck on 26, and the clock was at 4:23 before the team penetrated GTSCs defence. The first points came from Sebastian Sachse (204-C-81), and Anglin followed, bringing the score to 32-38.

But then GTSC seemed to go into overdrive to make some breathing room and managed to leap to a 10-point lead, 39-49.

A three-pointer from Shaolins main guy, Anglin, followed by a neat dip and tuck from Sachse, allowed Shaolin to cut the lead to five points, 50-45. GTSC had the last word going into halftime when Jonathan Mitchell went to the basket for a lay-up but missed. Samuels snagged the rebound and tipped the ball in.

The score was 52-49 with Shaolin trailing. Collin Bodden equalised in the opening of the third quarter, 52-52, and the fans went wild. But Shaolins moment was short-lived as Mitchell took GTSC ahead by hitting a three-pointer that was all net. Both teams dialled up their game, and the score seesawed back and forth with Luigi Moxam (191-G) tying it up for Shaolin 58-58. Samuels scored two lay-ups in quick succession, and his team managed to stave off Shaolins scorers with a high-pressure defence.
The fourth quarter started at 71-65 with GTSC in the drivers seat.

While Shaolin obviously wanted the win, it was equally clear that GTSC wanted it more, and with their talent as well as athleticism Shaolin just was unable to mat  



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