UTech, NCU top basketball divisions
UNIVERSITY of Technology (UTech) and Northern Caribbean University (NCU) captured the 2013/2014 Inter-Collegiate Division One and Two Basketball League titles, respectively, in finals at the Leila Robinson Courts on Thursday night.
UTech registered an exciting 55-53 win over the University of the West Indies for the Division One title, while NCU overpowered Mico University College
The Division One League final was the match of the evening, with UWI taking a 16-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. UWI maintained their lead to go into the half-time break up 25-12 points.
Third-quarter action was evenly contested, with UTech challenging nicely before tying the scores at 29-29. The Richard Pollack-coached UTech went in front leading 39-34 points.
It was still close going between both teams until UTech raced into a 51-40 points lead with a little over three minutes remaining. However, UWI produced a late burst to push themselves once more into contention at 54-50 points.
With 20 seconds remaining on the clock, Omar Green of UWI scored a three-pointer to make it 54-53. UTech received two free throws at the line from a foul with 6.6 seconds, scored one before holding off UWI's spirited late challenge to come out with an exciting 55-53 victory.
Principal scorers for UTech were Lloyd Cruickshank with 19 points and Dave Blackwood with 10 points and eight rebounds, while for UWI, Omari Green had a game-high 22 points and nine rebounds, and Jervis Hamilton with nine points and nine rebounds.
Meanwhile, NCU and Mico also had a thrilling encounter with the winners leading 21-15 at the first quarter break. At half time, NCU led 35-25, but Mico rallied strongly in the third quarter to go up 46-45 points.
The NCU aggregation regained their composure and started to pull away from Mico in the fourth and final quarter to come out winners 69-56.