Basketball: National League-Businesslike attitude for Baya and Hawks


19-May-2009

While Baya and Hawks extended their win run over the weekend at the Palais des Sports, MBU Rockers dropped their first point, and former champions Premium Cobras saw their Baya’s Léon (no. 11) muscles past Hoareau for a shotseason grind to a halt much sooner than they expected.

Behind 25 points, including three treys from player of the year Jean-Paul ‘JP’ Camille, and 14 from centre Robert Léon, Baya clipped the Rockers’ wings with a 76-58 win.

Baya have now brought their winning streak to six games for a maximum 12 points, while the Rockers, who got 16 points from playmaker Nigel Sinon and 14 from centre Daniel Hoareau, are on 11 after their first loss in six outings.

Like Baya, PLS Hawks remain undefeated in the league in four matches, and centre Rodney Lozé played like a leader to finish with a game-leading 26 points in what proved to be a stroll for his team over the lifeless Cobras. They won by a 30-point margin – 82-52.

Hawks’ playmaker Christopher ‘Toto’ Camille added 16 points and centre Neddy ‘Oye’ Fanchette got 13 before fouling out.

Power forward and skipper Dominic Pillay was the only Cobra in double digits with 16 points, while Nigerian Alao Solomon, who led them in scoring last season, finished with a paltry seven points.

It will surely take a miracle for Premium Cobras to stay in the title hunt as they are on a rare three-game losing streak, which started with a 76-85 defeat against MBU Rockers followed by a 68-78 loss to Baya.

With three players – Jean-Paul Desaubin (20 points), James Joubert (15) and Kenneth Domingue (11 including three baskets from downtown) – scoring in doubles figures, RC Dynamics won the first half 41-21 in a 68-61 victory against Beau Vallon Heat.

Yasser Ismaël also finished with 20 points to lead two other Heat players – Marlon Marimba (12 points, all from beyond 3-point range) and Dave Sabadin (11) – in double figures.

Much-travelled Biko Biong, who is back with his old team Cascade Bullets, carried their scoring load with 21 points as they edged Praslin Warriors 68-67 for their third win in six games. Dan Côme was the Bullets’ second best scorer with 10 points.

Naddy Agathine connected from behind the 3-point arc four times to finish with 20 points for winless Warriors, who also got 18 points from captain Jackson Auguste.

In the women’s league, Anse Etoile Stars won all four quarters – 22-13, 17-8, 21-10 and 18-12 – on the way to a 78-43 victory over RA Sisters.

Centre Simone scored 24 points and playmaker Lindy Mathiot made a 20-point contribution in the Stars’ second victory in as many matches, while Catherina Morel finished with 12 points for RA Sisters.

Meanwhile, in two men’s division two matches, Anse Etoile beat AAP Brothers 67-54 and Razors earned an overtime 68-67 (normal time 62-62) win over Pointe Larue Falcons.

G. G.

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