The game which was played at Basketball City last evening (Sunday October 17) saw Cotton Ground Rebels starting the first quarter with an all offensive game plan which constantly drew fouls at the free throw line from their opponents. With seconds to go in the first quarter the Rebels lost the lead they had held all quarter and the scores were tied 11-all.
It was no surprise when Hitters most experienced player, Trevor ‘Marty’ Huggins hit a superb three pointer ‘from downtown’, to make it 14-11 in favour of the Hitters, at the whistle.
The second quarter was just as intriguing and ‘Marty’ threatened to take the wind out of the sails of the Cotton Ground Rebels with two more magnificent three pointers early in the quarter. The veteran who is about 45 years old was looking dangerous.
However, this did not deter Cotton Ground as they wrung the changes; missed a couple of telling shots from the free throw line but still managed to keep the Hitters in view. This is when the Cotton Ground magician, Everson ‘Ev’ Webbe took charge. He was all over the court, making some amazing plays and drawing regular applause from the crowd.
It eventually came down to 1 minute and 42 seconds on the electronic game clock and Hitters were in the lead with a score line of 78 to 76.
Rebels; Don Wilkinson just recalled to the court, sneaked through the Hitters defense and laid up a two point shot to tie the score at 78-78.
With 1 minute and 9 seconds on the clock, captain Royden Browne for the Cotton Ground plugged in another crucial 2 point shot to separate the scores, 80-78.
With five seconds on the clock, Hitters’ coach James ‘Barman’ Hanley called a time out. On return to the court, an attempted three pointer was missed.
With 5.3 seconds to go, ‘Barman’ called for another time out. Two time outs in less than 3 seconds proved useless for the Hitters as the final whistle was blown to give Cotton Ground Rebels a well deserved victory.
Game two will be played on Thursday 21st October, at Basketball City, Basseterre.