07 May 2013

SEYCHELLES : Hawks lose out, Heat keep up good start

Baya needed a big win to rebuild their confidence after a slow start to the season and on Sunday at Victoria Gymnasium they inflicted a rare defeat on the mighty PLS Hawks in the men’s division one league.
The defeat was the Hawks’ first in more than a year and most basketball fans could have sensed it coming after the defending champions were only winning games at the death lately when they had steamrollered their opponents last year.
Not only top flight teams have been making the headlines, Etoile’s captain Christian Toulon scored an impressive season-leading 47 points to lead his team past Wolf.
PLS Hawks 73 … 82 Baya
Baya’s Timmy Adam scored a game-high 25 points to help Baya bounce back to outscore PLS Hawks 82-73. After suffering defeat against Beau Vallon Heat the last time out, Baya came out strong to win against the Hawks who got 19 points from Rodney Sinon, though they weren’t enough to prevent a rare loss for coach Clifford Joubert’s team who made a clean sweep of all the titles in 2012 and had won the Curtain-raiser trophy early this year.
Baya won after the first two quarters 19-13 and 14-13 to lead by seven points – 33-26 – at half-time. Although the Hawks won the third quarter 24-22, Baya took the fourth 27-23 to run out victorious.

Beau Vallon Heat 99 … 63 RC Dynamics
Giovanni Laval and Robert Léon provided a scoring spectacle at Victoria gymnasium last Thursday evening as they recorded 29 and 35 points respectively to lead the Heat past RC Dynamics on a 99-63 score to continue their impressive start in the top division.
Dynamics, who got 17 points from James Joubert, lost all four quarters 17-23, 15-20, 13-26 and 17-30, and will be disappointed for not putting up more of a fight against their opponents.
MBU Rockers 68 … 53 RC Dynamics
Playing for the second time in four days against last year’s Seychelles Basketball Federation (SBF) Cup finalists MBU Rockers, RC Dynamics again lost 53-68.
Brian Morel led the scoring for the Rockers with 21 points, while M. Diallo scored 13 for Dynamics in a lost cause.
After losing the first two quarters 12-13 and 12-18, Dynamics looked like coming back into the game as they edged the Rockers 17-15 in the third. But a disappointing fourth quarter where they lost by 10 points –12-22 – ultimately saw them suffer another defeat.
Meanwhile, Anse Etoile, Razors and Cascade Bullets were the winners in three men’s second division league matches played.
Cascade Bullets won 57-48 against Praslin Warriors in a game where the two teams won two quarters apiece. Razors collected a 59-46 win against AAP Brothers, and Anse Etoile’s captain Christian Toulon scored an impressive 47 points to lead his team past Wolf on an 89-67 score.
S. N.

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