Avant Garde BC beat HSC Blacks (83-69) to consolidate their supremacy in the ongoing Carlton Cup Basketball Championship men’s division one Super Eight tournament when the two teams met at the Henry Pedris courts yesterday. Avants lifted to top of the points table obtaining 11 points out of six matches (five wins and a defeat).
It has been a tough game from the beginning, but HSC Blacks scored 16 points in contrast to 14 points from Avants in the initial quarter. The ding dong battle continued and both teams stood equally strong as the score board read 34 all at half time.
The fate of the game changed in favour of strong Avants during the third quarter as they played with a superb teamwork to add 24 more points while restricting opponents to just 11 points. Even though Blacks tried hard to maintain a level play, trailing by just a one point (24-25) in the final quarter, Avants sealed their victory by the virtue of their third quarter lead.
Avants were prospected by their Serbian player Phillip Buko’s top points contribution (34 points) and Mohamed Hazan’s 20 points while Lithuanian Evaldas Tviraga (19 points) and Terrance Neydorss (16 points) being the best scorers for HSC Blacks.
The other Super Eight match of the day saw HSC Blues cruising to a comfortable win over Air Force, beating Airmen by 81 points to 44 after leading 30-13 midway. Blues dominated the game from the beginning and scored 14 points while restricting Airmen for just four points in the first quarter. The best point contribution for Blues came out of their Serbian player Marko Latinovic (30 points) while Mithila Abeysekara added them 25 points.
Nigerian player Dennis Etimowel top scored for Air Force (13 points) while captain Ravi Dodangoda and Gavi Cooray scored eight points each for the losers.
Navy will take on Old Bens while Otters will battle with Colombo BC in today’s Super Eight matches at Henry Pedris courts.
Colombo and Navy collected nine points out of five matches to share the second place with HSC Blacks who played six matches to score nine points.
HSC Blues has so far collected eight points out of five games (three wins and two defeats) to share the third place with Old Bens who got their eight points out of six matches (two wins and four defeats).