Basketball: National League-Baya hand Heat second defeat, Hawks crush Drifters


The game of the weekend was surely the top-of-table clash between Baya and leaders Beau Vallon Heat at Victoria Gymnasium on Sunday.
Robert Léon (Beau Vallon Heat) and Timmy Adam (Baya) provided the early spark for their teams, scoring 9 and 8 points respectively in the first quarter during which Baya edged ahead 19-15.
Heat attempted to fight back in the second quarter and managed to cut their opponents’ lead to three points – 33-30 – at the end of 20 minutes of play.

Baya really showed their domination in the third and fourth quarters. They opened up a 16-point lead by the end of the third quarter – 58-42 – as they outscored the Heat 25-12. Coach Michel Malbrook’s players pressed harder on the accelerator in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Heat 30-15 for an 88-57 win as they handed the Heat their second defeat in four second-round matches.

Timmy Adam led all scores with 23 points for Baya while Liston Reginald added 22 points including six 3-pointers. Former Baya centre Robert Léon led Beau Vallon Heat with 17 points.

Defending champions PLS Hawks kept their hopes of retaining the title alive with a crushing 114-37 victory over a Drifters side who are yet to win in three matches in the second round.
The Hawks got off to a flying start in the first quarter, scoring 26 compared to a lowly 3 points for Drifters. 

They carried their dominance into the remaining quarters which they won 32-9, 28-13 and 28-12 to subsequently win the game 114-37.
Nigerian Alao Solomon had the hot hands for the Hawks scoring 35 points while Ervin Agathine scored 15 for Drifters.

On Saturday, Mont Fleuri Dawgz met MBU Rockers at Victoria Gym and Ron Estico led the scoring with 20 points to help the Dawgz to a 73-56 win.
Daniel Hoareau and Nigel Sinon got 11 points apiece for the Rockers.

Meanwhile in the women’s league, the mother-daughter duo of Simone and Jana Malbrook combined for 31 points to lead Anse Etoile Stars to a 76-32 win against HotShots to maintain their 100 percent record this season.

Simone contributed 17 points while Jana added 14 for the Stars.

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