Four exciting match-ups capped off the second week of the 2017 KFC Commercial Basketball League.The first game on Friday September 8th saw a battle of the Public Service with the CSA taking on the Saint Lucia Teachers Union.The SLTU was gunning for its first win of the tournament after blowing a 15 point lead last weekend with a 1 point loss to the Media.But Simeon Hippolyte’s 22 and Kevin Mathurin’s 27 points were not enough for the teachers to get passed a stacked CSA Team.The CSA delivered a 83-69 beating led by KFC co-players of the Game Ron Du Murville and Keegan Preville.Du Murville ended the game with 29 points, 10 rebounds, 7 steals. Preville contributed 24 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 assists.
Friday’s second game saw a Financial Services coming out with a 68-58 victory over Sandals.Keiron Walcott and Simeon “Jim” Medard were Sandals’ top scorers with 14 apiece.Walcott also put up an impressive performance on the glass with 16 rebounds.KFC Player of the Game Rahim Auguste led Financial Services with 21 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals.Marlon Samuel also chipped in 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Defending Champions PCD/Goddard Group on Saturday continued their undefeated streak from the 2016 tournament with a convincing 68-49 win over WASCO.Ali Quinlan earned KFC Player of the Game honours, leading PCD with 22 points and 4 steals.Triston James contributed 22 poitns and 10 rebounds in WASCO’s losing effort.
The weekend was capped off with a nail-biting encounter between the Media Ballers and 2016 runners-up, the Saint Lucia Fire Service.The shorthanded Media team, fielding only 6 players, set the pace from the opening tip resulting in a 38-26 lead at the half.Foul trouble kept Media’s Power Forward Paul Hippolyte out for a large portion of the 3rd quarter.The Fire Service outscored a fatigued Media team 39 to 19 in the second half, taking their first lead of the game with less than three minutes left in regulation and never looked back.The Final score was 66-57 in favour of the SLFS.Owen Cazaubon was the KFC Player of the Game with some key baskets and rebounds in the waning minutes to give the SLFS the edge.Cazaubon finished with 15 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals.Marcian Calderon contributed 15 points, 12 rebounds and Jean-Michel Eloise chipped in 16 points as well for the firemen.Paul Hippolyte led the Media with 24 points and 10 rebounds.
Matchups in the 2017 KFC Commercial Basketball League continue on Wednesday September 13 at the Beausejour Indoor Facility with the CSA taking on the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force at 7:00pm.