Slayers take 1-0 lead in SDF/NBL finals

Observer writer

Monday, June 04, 2018

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ST GEORGE'S Slayers defeated the University of the West Indies (UWI) Runnin' Rebels 77-66 in game one of the 2018 Sports Development Foundation (SDF)/JABA/National Integrity Action National Basketball League (NBL) best-of-three finals at the National Arena on Saturday night.

Game two is scheduled to be played on Wednesday starting at 7:45 pm.

Winning coach Rohan Robinson said it was a good win for his team, though they allowed their opponents to come back into the game, despite establishing a commanding lead.

He noted that the players got a little complacent when the team led 19-4 in the first quarter and allowed the Rebels to cut the lead to 24-19. “The team should have won by a much wider margin as we had them trailing throughout the game.

“We will be looking to wrap up the series in game two and will not be taking any chances as they are quite an experienced team. I know they will be coming very hard at us to win and push the series to the deciding third game,” he added.

Meanwhile, losing coach Pete Matthews said his players started a bit flat in their approach and allowed their opponents to take early control of the game.

“It was not a very good performance from the players as they had to make a run to avoid the Slayers from going away. Every time we cut the lead, the Slayers quickly increased their lead to 18 points, and that left a heavy burden on their shoulders,” said Matthews.

He added: “We will be — are coming strongly to win Game Two, but will have to look back on the mistakes and what really happened in game one. We must win game two to have a chance at the title and carry it to the deciding game three.”

The Slayers through the efforts of Anthony White, Michael Rogers, Aundre Rose, and Nick-Caro Golding quickly put pressure on the Rebels, and at the first-quarter break held a good 19-4 lead.

Led by Kimani Ffriend, along with Omari Green, Ramal Carbon, and Andre McLeod, the Rebels cut the lead to 24-19, before finishing the half 11 points behind at 43-32.

At the end of the third quarter, the Slayers held a 15-point lead at 60-45.

Rogers was the principal scorer for the Slayers with 24 points, White contributed 17 points and eight rebounds, Golding had 15 points, and Rose had 12 points and four rebounds. For the Rebels, Ffriend got 22 points and 11 rebounds, Green contributed nine points, McLeod had eight points, and Carbon also contributed eight points.

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