Bulls favoured against Pistons at MSC tonight...LABA/ Hamid foundation under 23 Basketball…
February 17th, 2017
In-ranked Christianburg Pistons will make their second game entrance against the number one ranked Half Mile Bulls in the first game of tonight’s double header card which starts at 18:30h and the second at 20:30h is between the second and third ranked clubs Amelia’s Ward jets and Victory Valley Royals in the Linden Amateur Basketball Association (LABA) /Hamid Foundation Under 23 basketball championship at the Mackenzie Sports Club hard court.
The Bulls will again be armed with national shooting guard Terron Welch who nailed 31 points to open their defense of the championship which they last won in 2015 when it was last played. He was the Most Valuable Player on that occasion. Not showing any rust from that last outing Welch is expected to carry the heavy scoring load and with Keifer Tappin and Tahquille Johnson they could prove too strong for this Christianburg side. But the Pistons should put in a better performance even if it is against this strong Bulls side.
The second game is one that will help to determine the real ratings of this competition. The Royals were placed at second but the records who that they ended third in the last competition and should have not gained that nudge ahead of the Jets who lost in the final against the Bulls.
But the seeding did not impact on the group placing as they are rightly placed in Group B where Kwakwani has proved to be a huge factor in which teams will move to the semifinals after the round robin games.
The Royals lost their match against the Kwakwani 55-25 and must be at their best to beat the Jets who began with a good win against Bankers Trust Falcons 57-46. The Royals best shoots were Yannick Tappin with 11 points in that game but Daniel Lee who got six points and Oneil Gentle will have to step up to bring them victory.
The Jets are depending on Akini Wilson who hit in 24 points in that win over the Falcons and had solid support from Vibert Benjamin with 17 and Travis Archer got eight.
So this game could be one to help determine among the three stronger clubs in this group, which are likely to get into the final four. The Royals can ill afford another loss and the Jets could tighten their grip on moving forward with another win.
On Sunday the Kwakwani side is expected to continue their campaign when they face the Jets in the second game, but that will be preceded by the clash between Raiders and Flames.