29 March 2012

LIBERIA : Sky Force End Oilers Unbeaten Run of 31 Matches in LBA National League

What an epic end it was at the Sports Commission on Broad Street on March 24?
The good or bad news, depending on who you are, was that Monrovia Sky Force ended LPRC Oilers’ unbeaten run of 31 matches in the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA) national league.
Who would have thought that the sensational Oil Boys, impressive from last season, would have fallen in such manner or form?
But Sky Force refreshed the Ecclesiastic verse of ‘there is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens’ by beating Oilers by 56-53 points in a first division pairing at a relatively packed gymnasium on Broad Street.

Oilers who dressed George Pennoh, the only change to the team that narrowly beat Mighty Barrolle, won the first quarter by 13-10 points.
Deputy coach Musa Kamara rejuvenated his Sky Force team to win the second and third quarters by 14 to 10 points and 15 to 12 points respectively.

Oilers, who appeared complacent and confident from the onset, knew time was running out but could do little to win the last quarter by 18-17 points and let go their 31-game unbeaten record.

Coach Kamara had promised to respect his opponents in a press match interview and this victory will go down memory lane in his coaching career. Earlier, Timberwolves whipped Supreme Brothers by 42 to 38 points while Harbel Pointers punished Sac-Base with a 59-57 victory.

On March 25, Uhuru Kings brightened their chances for the big eight by edging past Barrolle by 60 to 59 points in a competitive game in the first division.
The Kings lost the first quarter by 11 to 15 points but won the second quarter by 14 to 10 points.
They lost the third quarter by 10 to 15 points before bouncing back to win the last quarter by 25 to 19 points with a last dashed basket.

Before that thriller, Cardinals couldn’t withstand the heat of Flames, going down by 47- 52 points in another first division pairing.
Flames won the first, third and last quarters, which could have proven vital had it not been for the narrowest of margin.
Earlier, C-Deltas lost to rivals K-Deltas by 36-39 points in

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