EASY WINS FOR STRAKER NETS AND CLIPPERS BUT THE DEFENCE FORCE DISAPPOINTS

Straker Nets got their second straight win, as the Nets were too good for an impressive Morvant Oilbirds at the St Paul Street Multi-purpose facility. Sadiki Guerra again led the Straker Nets with 15 points and was assisted by Steve Williams who contributed 12 as Straker Nets won 76-52.

Straker got out of the blocks early, to lead the Morvant outfit 17-9 at the end of the first quarter. Oilbirds had a much better second quarter tying the quarter 22-22 as they went into the half 39-31, Straker Nets maintaining the 8-point lead.

Guerra scored 8 and Williams scored 7 in the third quarter as the Nets seized control, limiting the Oilbirds to just 7 points in that period, as the Nets went into the fourth quarter with a 60-38 lead.

Just like the second quarter, the Oilbirds made a strong effort in the 4th, but the Nets held on for a 76-52 win to go to the top of the Western Conference (2 wins, 1 loss, 5 points) ahead of Quarters (2 wins, 4 points).

Jaheem Job scored 14 points to lead the Oilbirds, who are now 0-3 in the first 3 starts of the Big Basketball League.

STRAKER NETS’ ANTON TRIM (LEFT) GIVES A THUMBS UP TO TEAMMATES IN 76-52 WIN

In the earlier game, it was perhaps Defence Force’s worst performance in the recent past as the Clippers, with just 8 players in Saturday’s roster defeated the Army-Coastguard-Airguard combination 77-44. Longstanding Clippers stalwart Akil Paynter led all scorers with 21 points (4 three-pointers), while Canadian-Trinidadian Mark Lue-Hue scored 17 points and Orlando Mapp (one of 4 Shak-Attack players) scored 16 points.

Defence Force, who recently won the North Zone title in 2017, looked like a shadow of themselves. While the ‘Army’ is going through a transition period ( Steven ‘Lighter’ Lewis retired and Lincoln Charles took over as Head Coach) you would still expect the Defence Force to be a force in local basketball with the likes of Keyon Joseph expected to fill the shoes left by ‘Lighter”. Jamille King led all Defence Force players with 14 points (3 threes) and Jonathan Donowa scored 13 in the disappointing loss.

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