NSBF tournament … Plaisance Academy down defending champions Kwakwani 47-30

first_imgBy Daniel HaynesON a day when the U-16 quarter-finals got underway, blowouts, upsets and walkovers were the trend as the Youth Basketball Guyana (YBG), National Schools Basketball Festival closed out its second weekend. The first game of the day ended as a walkover for Bishops’ High School girls after Berbice High School failed to show up for their rematch. The walkover continued into the first quarterfinal of the day with St. Rose’s High being awarded their game after Bladen Hall only had three players at the start of play.The second quarterfinal of the day featured Mackenzie High having a dominating performance over St Joseph High. The game finished 78-17 with 8 of Mackenzie’s players scoring.Leading their charge was Yannick Tappin who turned in a double-double with 16 points and 11 steals. Assisting him were Odiame Reece, Denzil Roberts and Rasheed Liverpool, with Reece scoring 8 and Roberts and Liverpool finishing with 6 apiece. For St Joseph Tahir Meusa turned in 6 points for his side.Marian Academy pulled through to a shaky 4-point win against North Georgetown Secondary in a game ending 16-12. North Georgetown, newcomers to the tournament, were able to hold Marian to 5 points at the half while scoring 2 of their own. The second half, however, saw many missed chances and missed calls by the referees.However, Marian was able to pull through, led by Jahleel Young’s 10 points. The national centre stated after the game, “It was a wake-up call. We need to improve and get better as we advance in the tournament.”For North Georgetown Jamol Shepherd scored 8 points in the losing effort, with Raymond Glen adding the remaining 4 points.In the final game of the night, Plaisance Academy sent home defending champions Kwakwani Secondary in an upset blowout game 47-30. From the tip, Plaisance came out with defensive intensity, coupled with good looks at the basket for point conversions.Kwakwani looked out of sync offensively, failing to convert on most of their shots. The height and size of the Plaisance players proved to be the determining factor in the game as Andrew Johnson poured in 20 points in the effort. He was supported by Shamar Payne and Ismail Chapman who scored 11 and 10 points respectively.For Kwakwani Secondary, Isaiah David, Isaiah Hintzen finished with 6 points apiece with Kadeem Dover scored 5.Action continues in the tournament on Friday evening at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.The organisers hope there will be no 2-hour delay at the start like the one experienced on Sunday, due to University of Guyana’s basketball practice.The tournament is sponsored by Digicel, Banks DIH Limited and Beharry Group of Companies.last_img

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