X-Men and Raptors last night won their first matches in the best-of-five series of the LIME National Basketball finals in front of a large crowd at Lindo Park.
Game 1 – The Raffoul Snipers and the Gloria Shillingford Raptors match turned out to be a great starter to the big game, after a delay of one hour to allow the court to dry after some early showers. The Raptors stunned the Paix Bouche Raffoul Snipers. The Snipers had no answer to national player Steve Hypolite of the Raptors who poured in a game-high 32 points, guiding the Raptors to victory – 72 points to Snipers 61 points. Top-coring for Raptors were Steve Hypolite 32 pts, Curtis Akiel 20 pts and Devon Barton 11 pts, while Lenin Paul had 20 pts and Hendricks Holsborough 26 pts. Raptors now lead the series 1 – 0 going into the second game which is scheduled for Friday evening at Lindo Park.
Game 2 – The series causing all the buzz in the LIME National League saw the much hype and confident Paix Bouche Eagles lose game one to the veteran team, Glam X-men. In a tightly contested game,h X-Men led the third quarter, but the Eagles made the expected push and took the lead by five points which lasted up to the last two minutes in the third quarter when star palyer Garth Joseph made some inside moves to take back the lead. The lead was never relinquished in the fourth quarter with some clutch shooting by veteran player Davidson Toulon and tenacious defense by X-Men.
And the determined play by Eagles star player Brad and last-minute heroics by Earl Mathew and Lynvor John could not overcome the 8-point lead. Final scores: Glam X-Men 80 points to Paix Bouche Eagles 72 points. Top-scoring for the X-Men were Davidson Toulon 32 points and Garth Joseph 18 points, while Andel “Brad” George 28 points, Lynvor John 19 points and Earl Matew 13 points top-scored for the Eagles.
The second game of the series for both Premier and Division 1 will continue on Friday at the Lindo Park from 7 pm.