18 June 2007
SEYCHELLES : Game One loss for men’s pre-selection
The second game is tomorrow at 4 p.m. at Victoria Gymnasium and it is expected that the boys of coach Alix Allisop will be all out to show local basketball fans their true worth as they prepare for the forthcoming Seventh Indian Ocean Islands Games (IOIG) in Madagascar from August 9 to 19.
The mixed team, boasting quality players in the calibre of Abdallah ‘Dulla’ Ramadhan, Stephen Omony, Reuben Kolawole and Alberto ‘Dydis’ Edwards as well as local players who have not been called to train with the pre-selection, snatched the first quarter 15-8 and then outscored the local pre-selection by five points – 18-13 – in the second to go for the break with a commanding 12-point - 33-21 – lead.
It was during the third quarter that players on the Seychelles pre-selection got their acts together to win 25-18 and they also took the fourth 20-17. But it was too little too late as the damage had already been done in the first 20-minute spell.
Centre Rodney Lozé led the pre-selection in scoring with 18 points, while the mixed selection, who were under the guidance of Grégoire Scholastique and Pascal Fostel, were paced by Daniel Dodin and Omony who got 16 points apiece.
Coach Allisop and his assistant Clifford Joubert will surely be plotting a win for the Seychelles pre-selection in the second match tomorrow at 4 p.m. at Victoria Gymnasium. Entrance is free of charge.
Meanwhile, the first match between the women’s pre-selection and the women’s mixed selection was not played on Tuesday as players not selected to train with the pre-selection failed to turn up. The second match scheduled for tomorrow has been cancelled.