The West Grand Bahama Summer League Basketball post-season is currently underway and one of the championship series, set to begin this coming Tuesday, has been determined.
Each Division - Under 13, Under 15, and Open - have proven to serve up some high-octane basketball. The Under 13 Division, however, has been one of the most compelling divisions all summer.
The number one seeded G. Dental Cleaners had their hands full with the number four seeded G.B Credit Union Savers in their best of three series. This past Thursday night at the Fritz Forbes Community Park in Pinedale, Eight Mile Rock, that series came down to a decisive and heartbreaking game three.
In a down to the wire episode, the Cleaners held on narrowly to earn a spot in the Under 13 championship series. The Cleaners held on for a 17-15 victory to win the series 2-1. Shameco Albury paced the Cleaners with eight points in the win.
The Cleaners controlled the contest in the early portion of the first half. The Savers’ mustered little offense and as a result they trailed 11-5 going into halftime. However, the offense began to click for the Savers as they crept back into things early on in the second half and made it a 13-11 game in favor of the Cleaners. The score eventually stood at 15-13 in favor of the Cleaners with 4:54 left in the contest.
After a Cleaners’ time-out the Savers tied the game up at 15 apiece. The Cleaners, though, regained the lead moments later, 17-15.
The closing seconds of the the do-or-die battle took an intense turn. While the Cleaners attempted to play keep away, Ross Burrows Jr., came up with a huge steal to set up the Cleaners’ last second attempt. With time winding down Burrows Jr. had one last look from deep to win but the attempt rimmed out, which sent the Savers packing.
The following contest between the Candy’s Wolverines and CLC Tigers, however, was not as close. The Wolverines meant business and thanks to a 10-point outburst from LeBron Stuart, the Wolverines eclipsed the Tigers 21-11 and took that series 2-1.
The Tigers maintained a steady groove for the duration of the first half. They went into halftime with a 9-6 lead over the Wolverines.
But the Tigers fell flat to the start the second half. The Wolverines took advantage of the Tigers’ slow start to the second half to take an 11-9 lead. The Wolverines’ run continued as they eventually built a 16-9 lead with 4:09 left in regulation.
Nothing went the Tigers’ way as the second half went on. Thus, the Wolverines continued to shred the Tigers’ defense for the duration of the second half, which set up next Tuesday’s Under 13 championship date with the Cleaners.
The Subway Giants bounced back to even their best of three series with the GB Power Chargers, 1-1 in the Under 15 Division. The Giants had the Chargers reeling on their way to the 38-20 triumph. Jason Cooper led the way for the Giants with 14 points in the win.
The Giants held a 13-9 lead with 3:04 remaining in the first half and eventually paced their way to a 22-11 lead at the break. The Giants’ press defense proved too much for the Chargers to overcome in the second half.
The decisive game three took place yesterday evening, August 3, but the results of that game were not known up to press time. The winner of that series would be set to face the Busy Bubble Extractors this coming Tuesday in the championship series.
The Open Division semi-finals also got underway. P and F Car Rental out-lasted the Bert Control Rebels 31-26 to take game one. Delano Dean poured in 12 points in the victory.
The Russell Drillers escaped with a 31-30 edge over the Spartan Builders in game one. Regis Cooper turned in 14 points on the night. Both series continued yesterday evening. The winners of both series will face each other for the championship as all championship series are expected to tip off Tuesday, August 7.