26 November 2007

SEYCHELLES : HotShots, Premium Cobras win games one of final series

THEY swept the final series last year and were closer to repeating the feat yesterday in games two after winning games one of the Seychelles basketball Federation (SBF) Cup
last Saturday at the Palais des Sports.

HotShots (women) and Premium Cobras (men) held on for important wins against tough opponents – Anse Etoile Stars and PLS Hawks.

Women’s defending champions HotShots lost their lead to the Stars but once they went back into command, they held their nerves to edge coach Michel Malbrook’s team 51-49.
HotShots got a game-high 13 points from centre and Seychelles international volleyballer Tina Agathine who was helped in attack by Seychelles forward Mrya Solin with 10 points.

With three treys for nine of her 11 points, veteran Simone Asba was Stars’ best scorer, while Dynah Louis made a 10-point contribution.

HotShots, who swept Mont Fleuri in last year’s final, needed to win yesterday’s game two to be crowned champions for a second year running. In the event of Anse Etoile getting a win yesterday, the decisive match will be played this afternoon at 5 p.m. at the Palais des Sports.

In the men’s final, Amadou Sylla did a good job of keeping Ugandan Stephen Omony silent for most of the match as Premium Cobras, who achieved a League and Cup double success last year – their fourth in nine years after achieving the feat in 1998, 1999 and 2004 – beat 2007 League champions PLS Hawks 72-68.

Tanzanian Abdallah ‘Dulla’ Ramadhan top-scored with 19 points for Premium Cobras who had captain Tony ‘Siro’ Moustache, Sylla and Nigerian Reuben Kolawole fouling out.

In fact, coach Guy Hall was to be without the Nigerian power forward in yesterday’s game two after he received a technical foul for indecent gesture. He is now serving a two-match ban and could miss game three tomorrow, if PLS Hawks were to tie the series yesterday.

Omony scored four consecutive free-throws and banked a trey late in the match to try and bring the Hawks back into the frey but his game-high 21 points went up in flames in the loss.

At the end of Saturday’s game, there was a lot of commotion and a fight almost broke out as Premium Cobras’ Kolawole, PLS Hawks’ coach Tony Juliette and his players exchanged harsh words. A lady from the stands also threw a water bottle at Kolawole.

G. G.

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