SANDY POINT, St. Kitts (4th June, 2016) Sandy Point PRIDE picked up right where they left off in the second installment of the SP derby with another hard fought victory over the Falcons.
Both teams opened the game with a frenetic pace, with Falcons managing to score repeatedly on second and third chance possessions. Poor rebounding, which appears to be the lion’s Achilles heal, made it difficult for PRIDE’s defense to hone in on the opponents main scorers in the opening quarter. In a scene that should be familiar to PRIDE fans, the lions were able to slice and dice their way back into the game in spite of a 22-10 opening quarter deficit.
Taslin ‘Mini-Wade’ Belboda scored 37 points 6 assists and 8 steals to lead all scorers in the 92-84 battle on Saturday night.
“We were a bit out of sync in the first half but I think we played the way we wanted to play following the break,” Coach Rameese said. “It started with our defense and rebounding, once again.”
In the second quarter, the Falcons would maintain their lead all the way into halftime (50-41) before PRIDE started to put their imprint on the game and began slowly chipping away. After 20 minutes of free-flowing basketball, the lions finally clamped down on defense. The physical play of Dejaan ‘Target’ Grant (7 points 5 rebounds) and Miguel ‘Sought Out’ Brown (11 points 3 rebounds) took away Falcon’s transition opportunities, and on the other end the PRIDE began to exploit the Falcons with quick passing and even quicker hitting baskets en route to cutting the lead to just 5 at the end of the 3rd (70-65).
Chavez ‘Beto’ Belboda finished with 20 points and 3 steals for PRIDE in addition to putting the clamps on the opposing guards, and Sheeno ‘Jeezy’ Liddie posted yet another double double with 10 points 21 rebounds.
“We didn’t come out with the right type of focus and the right amount of intensity on the defensive end at the start.” Taslin said. “We knew it was going to be an ugly game, but at the end of the day the ‘W’ is what’s important” continued the Co-captain
In the fourth quarter when the clock struck ‘WINNING TIME’, that was when the lions started roaming in the passing lanes, forcing mistakes or bad shots, and limiting the Falcons to one shot on every possession. Much like he did most of the second half, Melville ‘StudyItt’ Rawlins made rugged plays that helped to propel his band of lions to 11-0!
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