18 November 2006

SEYCHELLES : HotShots take series lead

AFTER killing off League champions Anse Etoile Stars’ double hope, HotShots probably thought they were in for an easy ride against Cadettes in the best-of-three women’s semifinals of the Seychelles Basketball Federation (SBF) Cup.

On Tuesday at Victoria Gymnasium, HotShots nearly received a slap in the face as Cadettes, coached by the duo of Steve Hoareau and Patricia Samynadin, played one of their best ever matches.

Anse Boileau-based HotShots, who were playing without centre Tina Agathine, won 50-41 and they are a match away from reaching the final.

But Cadettes have vowed to make the series go the limit by winning game two on Monday November 20.

Today, Bel Air, who eliminated Juniors, play Mont Fleuri in game one of the other best-of-three semifinal series.

It is to note that a new women’s champions will be crowned this year as last year’s winner Stars lost to HotShots in the earlier round.

The last quarterfinalists of the men’s competition were to be known last night when Premium Cobras were to meet Pointe Larue Falcons. But sudden heavy rains flooded the court forcing the organisers to postpone the match to Saturday at 2 p.m. The winners of the rescheduled match will play RC Dynamics in the quarterfinal on Tuesday November 21.

The other three quarterfinal matches will be played this weekend. On Saturday at the Palais des Sports, PLS Hawks, 123-35 winners against Bel Air Blazers will play SMB Razorback at 3.45 p.m. and Baya, victors on a 120-51 score against Ex-Champs, will meet Cascade Bullets at 5.30 p.m.

In Sunday’s only match at 3 p.m. at the Palais des Sports. Angels will play MBU Rockers who eliminated Falcons Youth on an 86-41 score.

G. G.

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