Kobras, Guardians win as GABA knockout tourney commences

Kobras defeated Pacesetters in a second division encounter while Plaisance Guardians downed Sonics in an U23 matchup when the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Federation (GABA) knockout tournament commenced Monday.

Guardians prevailed over Pacesetters 59-52 at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, Homestretch Avenue. Amoniki John recorded a game-high 16 points in the hard-fought win.

He was assisted by the trident of Patrick John, Rondell Wilson and Selwyn McAllister, who contributed 11, 10 and nine points respectively.

For Pacesetters, Quincy DosSantos netted 15 points while Zion Gray, Kwesi Roberts and Stephen Peters supported with 10, eight and six points each.

The first period highlighted the cagey and competitive nature of the contest as Pacesetters secured a slim 13-12 advantage.

The Georgetown unit maintained their lead in the second quarter, outscoring their opponent 13-11 to enter the halftime interval ahead 26-23.

Action in the second division clash between Kobras and Pacesetters in the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Federation (GABA) knockout tournament at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, Homestretch Avenue, Monday.

However, the momentum changed in the third quarter with Kobras netting 14 points while restricting Pacesetters to 10 points for a one-point lead  37-36. The victory was then sealed in the final quarter as Kobras outhustled their opponent 22-16.

Meanwhile, Plaisance Guardians brushed aside Sonics 81-62.

Leading 21-17 at the end of the first quarter, Guardians commenced their domination in the second period, outscoring Sonics 19-8 to lead 40-25 at  halftime.

Part of the action between Plaisance Guardians and Sonics in the U23 division of the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Federation (GABA) Knockout Champion-ship at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, Homestretch Avenue on Monday.

Guardians maintained their control in an evenly contested third period, out-shooting their foe 20-19 to enter the final period leading 60-44  where the result was finalized with Guardians outscoring Sonics 22-18.

Anton Fileen top scored with 20 points with Nigel Bowen and Terrence Daniels adding 14 and 11 points respectively.

Chipping in with nine, six and five points respectively were Andrew Johnson, Jared Sears and Akeem Crandon.

For Sonics, Manasseh Murray and Lemuel Grant battled to 15 and 13 points each.

Supporting with eight, six and five points apiece were Shemon Sharples, Shemar Keiler and Jacques Vicente. The tournament continues today at the same venue with another round of matches.

Eagles will oppose Guardians at 18:30hrs in a second division match  while Kobras will match skills with the University of Guyana (UG) Trojans from 20:30hrs.

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