Defending champions Bounty Colts will have a chance to retain their title after surging into the final alongside Ravens on Sunday evening when the semis of the Road to Mecca V National Club Championships was contested at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH).
This Saturday, April 28, former champions, Ravens, will be looking to dethrone Colts, who have their sights set on the ‘3-peat’.
When the semis of the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation-sanctioned event tipped off, Ravens used their experience to shut down an aggressive Kobras team 73-58 in the opening match, then Colts brushed aside Victory Valley Royals 84-70 in the feature.
This also means that Royals and Kobras play the tournament’s penultimate match, the third place showdown which carries a winning incentive of $200,000.
Colts made their way into the final in commanding fashion, securing the lead early against Royals and continuously keeping them at bay until the final whistle.
Shane Webster top-scored for the Colts with 23 points, while Shelroy Thomas sank 18 points on Colts’ way to victory.
After the win, Thomas said the match was Colts’ most challenging one yet, because the opposing team was very strong, but helped by experience, the Colts were able to pull through. Colts had defeated Royals to claim the Road to Mecca IV title in 2017. Meanwhile, in the night’s first match, Ravens led at the first quarter 17-11, but Kobras rebounded in the second, and piled on a ten-point lead to finish the half ahead 34-24. Ravens persevered in the third, and once the lead was gained, slowly shut the door on Kobras. At the end of the third quarter, Ravens led 50-44, and eventually secured the 15-point win. Ravens’ Anthony Moe turned in 25 points and nine rebounds, and was supported by Darcel Harris who had 16 points, while Travis Burnett led for the opposition with 24.