Hawks in comfortable zone, main opponents go down
PLS Hawks are in a quite comfortable zone after garnering their 12th win in 13 games and watching their main opponents – Premium Cobras and Baya – go down with a giant thud inside the Victoria Gymnasium last weekend.
Captained by Indian Ocean Island Games (IOIG) gold medallist Bernard Bristol, men’s division one champions Hawks had it easy against Cascade Bullets with a 95-46 victory on the back of a game-high 38 points from Nigerian Alao Solomon.
Sandy Julienne got 10 points for the Bullets who are in seventh place with 18 points from five wins and eight losses, while the win helped bring leaders Hawks’ points tally to 25.
Angels had skipper Chabel Servina and Keiren Agathine scoring 22 points apiece last Saturday to give Dominic Françoise a winning debut in their 79-77 upset of star-studded Premium Cobras boasting three IOIG gold medallists – Dominic Pillay, Amadou Sylla and Darren Lesperance – and the Nigerian pair of Simon Pusam and Ugbaje Ajodoh.
Françoise, who joined from Drifters, contributed 15 points on his debut as Anse Boileau-based Angels made the difference with a 26-16 third-quarter win to open a five-point lead going into the fourth which they lost 24-27.
The win – their fifth in 14 games – has propelled coach/player Charles Sauzier’s Angels into fifth position on the 10-team standings with 19 points, while the Cobras, who got 23 points from Ajodoh and 22 from Sylla, are fourth with 21 points.
With coach Guy Hall absent from their bench for the third straight game, the Cobras have a win-lose record of 9-3.
Another IOIG gold medallist, player Nigel Sinon was on fire with five treys for 15 of his game-leading 31 points as MBU Rockers overcame a 17-point half-time deficit to outscore Baya 49-24 in the second half for an 82-74 win.
With fellow IOIG gold medallist Cyril Agrippine still absent on an overseas trip, Pascal Bibi stepped up his game to add 22 points and centre Keven Hoareau finished with 10 in the Rockers’ 10th win of the season for 23 points out of a possible 26.
The defeat is the fourth in 14 games for Baya who are currently second behind PLS Hawks on 24 points, but they have played a match more than both the leaders and the Rockers.
Jean-Paul ‘JP’ Camille finished with 23 points for Baya and Dave Roseline came off the bench to net 16.
Ronny Julius banked two 3-pointers to finish with 21 pointers, centre Emmanuel Larue added 16, Mike Jean 15 and Emmanuel Jupiter 10 as RC Dynamics celebrated only their fourth win in 13 matches and at the same time added salt to bottom team Razors’ wound with an 84-69 victory.
The Razors are finding the going tough in the top flight as they conceded their 11th defeat in as many matches despite captain Serge Radegonde and Alex Baron finishing with 14 points apiece.
In the women’s league, Anse Etoile Stars have extended their winning streak to seven games as they reached the century mark against inexperienced Cadettes in a 102-12 win.
Skipper Simone Malbrook led all scores with 24 points and five other Stars – Veena Panagary 16, Malagasy Miantratsiory Rakotomomoundindy 14, Jana Malbrook 13, Lucia Souffe 10 and Magdeline Julienne 10 – in double digits as coach Michel Malbrook’s team continue their march towards reclaiming the women’s title they lost to HotShots two years ago
Gina Estico got six points for Cadettes who are winless in seven games.
Mont Fleuri rebounded from defeat to amass their fifth win in eight games as Bernadette Songor led them with 16 points in their 57-42 victory over RA Sisters.
Veteran Williana Dubois added 12 points for the Mont Fleurians who are on 13 points, while RA Sisters’ duo of Tessa Mathiot and Rachel Labrosse finished with 12 points apiece in a lost cause.
Meanwhile, in the men’s division two league, Juniors inflicted a 60-42 defeat of visitors Praslin Warriors for their sixth win in seven games for 13 points.