As the regular season for the Harold Lovell Basketball Classic invitational games comes closer to completion, the matches appear to be getting a little more intense since teams are trying to survive in order to make the playoffs.
And with the Antigua & Barbuda Basketball Association (ABBA) 2010 season just around the corner, the organisers for the Lovell Classic are making sure that these two events do not clash by giving the teams more games as they requested.
On Sunday night, Harold Lovell Rockersville took another beating but this time from Hankook Flyers in the first game of the scheduled doubleheader at the JSC Sports Complex, 78-67. The Flyers dominated that showdown and the veteran Merve Joseph showed up big for the Flyers.
Joseph dropped 33 smooth and simple points and it seems that he is getting back the feeling for the game since he was out for a while due to a knee injury.
The one time sky-walker stated that he is trying hard to get back into shape to play the game that he will always love with his new team.
Kavarie Francis bagged another double-double for Flyers although his team-mate Joseph was doing his thing. Francis had 10 points and 10 boards and Rafiq Henry chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds.
For Rockersville, Earl Lavishire and Nigel Joseph scored 15 and 13 points, respectively.
Big Banana Express clashed with Golden Eagles in the last game of the night. While the Eagles with less than a handful of players looked around the park for possibly a helping hand, Express got a proper team warmed up in preparation for this battle.
With Express’ Lindsey McDonald’s red hot shooting as of late, one could have already put this game in the bag. Express defeated Eagles by 19 points, 79-60.
Eagles didn’t come to play this match and got run over by their opponents. McDonald also played good defence and came up with six steals.
Three other Express players showed up big: George Francis had 16 points, Kareem Edwards 14 points and Eric Joseph banked eight points and grabbed nine boards.
Raymond Dickenson bagged a double-double for the losing team, with 15 points and 12 rebounds, but it was Gerard Gore who led the way with 16 points.
Shamari Southwell played a very good game contributing 13 points, nine rebounds and six blocks but ended up on the losing side.
At the Noel “Nyah” Roberts Basketball Court, Baba Trucking Hawks defeated Ottos Multi Tires, 83-75. Kevin Roberts and Rafique Edwards banked 18 and 14 points, respectively for Multi Tires, and got some assistance from team-mate Jamal Williams with nine boards and four blocks.
Kevin Francis scored a double-double for Hawks with 27 points and 11 boards. Jason London banked 14 points and dished six dimes and Humroy Wright and Coy Quinland chipped in 12 points apiece.