Sunday December 23, 2012
Nets squander chance for first Division I title
Ravens take a photo opportunity after beating the Republic Bank Nets for the Phillip George Legacy title Friday night at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall. The Republic Bank Nets squandered its opportunity to win its first Division 1 title Friday night in a spirited effort that they failed to sustain against Ravens at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in the final of the Phillip George Legacy Championship. Ravenâ€™s endured a late surge from Nets to win the first division final 60-57 in overtime after the regulation
period had yielded a 51-51 result. Ravens did not look like the favourites as they were predicted to be before the game. Ryan Stephaney was Most Valuable Player after scoring 15 points, while Ryan Gullen added 14 points for Ravens. Mortimer Williams had a game high 17 points for Nets while Fabian Johnson and Pelham Doris had 10 points each.
Nets came out firing in the first half, banging their bodies and working the ball inside to take the first half 28-22. After the halftime break, Gullen fired Ravens ahead with his jumpshooting that included sharp mid-range and outside jumpers. It was Gullen who rose to the occasion with his team down one point to sink a big jumper that gave the Ravens a one-point advantage with
Pacesetters won the third division title in the Phillip George Legacy Championship Friday night at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall. 14.7 seconds left in the game. However, poor free-throw shooting from the Nets sent the game into overtime. Ravens used their experienced to hold on to the 60-57 win. Meanwhile, the third division final saw Pacesetters basketball club cruising to an eight-point win over the Colts, who hosted the tournament in honour of its late coach
Phillip George. It was never really a close contest as the Colts never got closer than four points after the first quarter ended 8-12 in Pacesetters favour. Colts kept up their intensity throughout the game, but always trailed and eventually fell to the Pacesetters 59-67 at the end of regulation time. Jermaine Taylor who
copped the Most Valuable Player award scored 15 points for Pacesetters while Ruel Ritch had 10 points in the win. Evan Johnson did his best to keep Colts in the game with 17 points while Drexel Aaron contributed 13 points. The organisers of the tournament handed out the winning trophies and cash incentives after the game and thanked the sponsors.