Despite its last quarter rush, the best efforts of many times champions, Hitters proved inadequate for the steady and determined approach of the Ghaut Bucs team that appeared far hungrier for the title this year than their tough opponents, who have won 19 titles in the past.
The large crowd on hand was not disappointed with the spirit of play and the excellent skills displayed by both teams, but in the end Bucs printed kits name in the pages of basketball history by securing their first title win, defeating Hitters in the best of five finals, 86-80.
After losing game 4 most basketball pundits declared that Ghuat Bucs will have a very difficult task winning Game 5 against the much more experienced Hitters. However the Bucs proved all the pundits wrong when they came out and outplayed and out-scored the Hitters in almost every quarter.
Bucs led at the end of the 1st quarter 22-17 then again at the half 42-34. The 3rd quarter saw Bucs increase their lead to a fairly comfortable 65-48 advantage. The Bucs entered the 4th quarter brimming with confidence after building an impressive 17 point lead. However Hitters showed true mettle and resilience when they clawed themselves back to within striking distance of Bucs, when they trimmed the lead from 17 to 5 with less than 2 minutes remaining in the game.
Ghaut Bucs handled the Hitters run at the basket and was able to keep their composure and stave off the Hitters late 4th quarter onslaught. Despite key players Dwight “Mac 11” Jacobs and Tamboura “Tambie” Caines fouling out late in the 4th quarter, the Bucs were still able to resist the Hitters and win the game much to the delight of the hundreds of Ghaut Bucs and basketball fans that jammed Basketball City.
The final score saw Ghuat Bucs beating the defending champions Rams Hitters by six points.
Ghuat Bucs top scorer Tamboura “Tambie” Caines was named Finals and Regular season MVP.
Top Performers in the SKABA 2011 Finals Game 5 included:
– Kimo Liburd 21 pts 13 rebs
– Tamboura “Tambie” Caines 17 pts, 5 assts. 3 stls
– Sherwin Allen 13 points
– Dwight “Mac 11” Jacons 10 points 4 rebs
– Jermain Benjamin 10 pts 5 assists
– Marlon “Jah Love” Powell 24 pts 6 rebs 5 assists
– Ansel “ Bonzi” Revan 16 pts, 5 rebs, 2 assists
– David Dowell 12 pts 10 rebs 2 stls
– Marvin “Skywalker” Davis 14 pts, 10 rebs, 5 assists, 3 stls
– Anthony “Jabal” Joseph 10 pts, 10 rebs
Minister of Sports and SKABA Legend Glen ‘Ghost” Phillip was on hand and gave a few words congratulating the Ghaut Bucs on behalf of the government and himself. Also present were Constituency #2 representative Hon. Marcella Liburd, Director of Sports Dave Connor and former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sports Lloyd Lazaar all of whom congratulated the Ghaut Bucs on their exciting and spectacular victory.