Colts crowned Road to Mecca champs for the third time

Three-time Road to Mecca champions Colts

A dynasty of sorts was solidified Saturday night when  Colts clinched their third consecutive Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) ‘Road to Mecca’ Club Championships humbling 2014 titlist Ravens 86-66 at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, Homestretch Avenue.

Rising star Stanton Rose recorded 25 points in the win, hitting seven out of 10 three pointers in the process to complement his eight rebounds.

He was assisted by fellow marksman Shelroy Thomas who scored 20 points littered with four three point daggers.

Overall Most Valuable Player (MVP) Shane Webster tallied 15 points and pulled in as many rebounds, while Sheldon Thomas added eight points.

For Ravens, recent recruit Anthony Moe accumulated 27 points, 10 rebounds, seven blocks and five steals while ith Dominic Vicente was the only other scorer in double figures with 16 points.

Veteran guard Ryan Stephney had a night to forget with seven points and 10 rebounds.

Colts collected $600,000 and a trophy, while the runners-up copped $400,000 and a trophy also.

The final, which was short on quality, rarely threatened to be competitive, as Colts galloped into the lead from the opening whistle and never trailed for the entirety of the clash.

Such was the struggle of the challengers that they recorded their first points with 6:30 on the clock to trail 2-8, as Colts eventually took the first period 25-19.

This advantage was maintained in a cagey second quarter with Colts outscoring Ravens unit 17-15 to enter the halftime interval at 42-34.

Colts grew their lead to double digits in a low-scoring third stanza, netting 15 points while restricting Ravens to a meagre eight points to enter the final quarter ahead 57-42.

Firmly in control, Colts exploded in the fourth period, recording an impressive 29 points to their foe’s 19 points to complete the lopsided final.

In the third place playoff, Victory Valley Royals crushed Kobras 83-57. Trevor Profit led the rout with 18 points, while Harold Adams recorded 17 points.

Orlan Glasgow registered a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds, while Linnel Warden contributed 14 points and four steals.

For the losers, Drexel Aaron tallied 14 points, while Carlos Edwards notched 11 points and seven points and Travis Burnett scored 11 points.

Chipping in with nine points and five rebounds was Mark Richards. With the result, Victory Valley Royals walked away with $300,000 and the corresponding accolade.

On the individual side, Webster copped $200,000 for securing the MVP accolade. He also walked away with $100,000 each for securing the Most Points and Most Rebounds titles.

His team-mate Domair Gladstone pocketed $100,000 for clinching the Most Improved Player award.

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