23 September 2008

SEYCHELLES : Whose championship title it is?

ARE Baya championship material? The question will be answered this coming Saturday at the Palais des Sports when they meet PLS Hawks in their second-round match-up.
Baya’s ‘JP’ (dribbling) has been on fire lately but the real test will come against Bernard Bristol’s PLS Hawks this coming Saturday
In a purple patch since the end of the first round, Baya brushed aside MBU Rockers’ challenge on Sunday, prompting many to believe that 2008 could be their year.
Also this weekend in the Men’s Division One league, PLS Hawks and Premium Cobras collected victories to keep pace with the leaders. In the Men’s Division Two, Mont Fleuri Dawgz moved a step closer to winning the title, while HotShots extended their winning run to eight games in the Women’s League.

Baya 92 … MBU Rockers 62

The Rockers had surprised Baya in the first-round match-up, winning 83-75. But coach Michel Malbrook’s Baya had just one thing on their agenda on Sunday: a win in the return match. And they showed championship credentials with a 30-point difference win.
Baya came out looking for the win early as Jean-Paul ‘JP’ Camille fired on all cylinders, getting 16 of his game-high 36 points in the first quarter which they won 30-14.
In fact, coach Michel Malbrook’s Baya won all four quarters in an intense match played in a rather friendly atmosphere.
Despite the 30-point defeat, the Rockers never dropped their guard as they added their fair share to the excitement on the court. Playmaker Nigel Sinon used his dribbling skills to penetrate the Baya defence and score 23 points, while Robert Francis came off the bench to score eight points during his team’s 13-5 third-quarter run. As for swingman Cyril Agrippine, he played his first match since breaking his nose in his team’s first-round win against Beau Vallon Heat. Agrippine was caught by an elbow right in the nose and needed surgery to repair the damage. He wore a yellow face mask at the start of Sunday’s game, but pulled it off at the end of the first quarter.
Captain-of-the-day Robert Léon scored 24 points for Baya, who also got 16 points from playmaker Giovanni Laval.
Baya have 30 points after 14 wins and two defeats and their supporters will know if they are championship material when they play defending champions PLS Hawks this coming Saturday at the Palais des Sports. A win for Baya will put them on the road to a first Men’s Division One league title.

RC Dynamics 56 … PLS Hawks 79

With Ugandan all-rounder Stephen Omony rested, Seychelles centre Rodney Lozé carried the scoring load for PLS Hawks with 24 points in a 79-56 win against RC Dynamics.
Bernard Bristol was the second best scorer with 11 points for the Hawks, who have been invited to compete in the 23rd Africa Champions Cup in Tunisia from December 12-21.
With a match in hand on Baya, the Hawks have 29 points after 14 wins and a loss, and this coming weekend’s match-up between the two is crucial for the defending champions who have to win and then beat Premium Cobras by a four-point difference to retain the title.
In the absence of centre Emmanuel Larue, Jean-Paul Desaubin came off the bench to score 21 points for RC Dynamics, who have 22 points following seven victories and eight defeats.

Beau Vallon Heat 43 … Premium Cobras 97

Nigerian Alao Solomon again had the hot hands for Premium Cobras with 43 points, including four 3-pointers, and he got help from power forward Dominic Pillay, who netted 28 in the 97-43 defeat of Beau Vallon Heat.
The win was Premium Cobras’ 13 in 15 games and they have 28 points, while the Heat, who got 14 points from M. Marimba, boast 17 points after two wins and 13 defeats.

Praslin Warriors 97 … Razors 66

Skipper Jackson Auguste led all scores with 32 points as home team Praslin Warriors collected their third win on the trot, their latest victims being tailenders Razors. The final score was 97-66 (55-27 at half-time).
Christopher Valmont top scored with 20 points for the Razors, who have 15 points. Praslin Warriors are on 22 points after six wins and 10 losses.

Pointe Larue Falcons 59 … Mont Fleuri Dawgz 81

The Falcons looked like upsetting the Dawgz as they won the first quarter 20-11 but they failed to maintain the momentum with Kevin Sinon in foul trouble early.
The Dawgz outscored their opponents 26-15, 24-11 and 20-13 in the remaining three quarters for an 81-59 win, bringing their points tally to 33 in 17 games played (16 wins and one loss).
With 20 points including four treys, Christopher Dugasse led the Dawgz in scoring, while skipper Reggie Ah-kong (15 points), Jim Créa (12) and Stefan Romain (10) were the team’s three other players in double figures.
The Falcons were led in scoring by Sam Gabriel with 20 points which went to waste in the team’s third defeat in 14 games.
The Dawgz have three matches left to play before they are sure of being crowned 2008 Men’s Division Two champions to play top flight basketball next year.

HotShots 70 … Mont Fleuri 58

A 70-58 win over Mont Fleuri gave HotShots their eighth consecutive win as they stay top of the six-team Women’s League standings with a maximum 18 points.
Anse Boileau-based HotShots will know if they could be crowned champions this year when they play defending champs Anse Etoile Stars this coming Saturday.
HotShots have the advantage over the Stars after they took care of their opponents with an 11-point margin victory (57-46) in the first round.
The Stars need to win by a difference of at least 12 points to have a hope of retaining their title.
from nation.sc

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