May Madness day 3 report

Friday, May 24, 2019

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Campion College's May Madness 2019 basketball tournament continues today with the play-off rounds as Shottas face Team TreWay in the opening match at 3:30 pm for a place in the final.

An exhibition match between current basketball coaches and over-35 players will follow this game before the second semi-final game will have Real Lions taking on the Giants.

Semi-final matches have been increased to 12 minutes per half. The winner of both matches will play in the final next Friday.

This is not the end of the action for players on the eliminated teams. On the day of the final, each team (including eliminated teams) will send players for the three-point shoot-out and slam-dunk competition.

Meanwhile, the final round of regular season matches tipped off last Friday. The first match-up had the Sonics battling the Meadowbrook-based Action Jamaica All-Stars with each team looking for their first win in the competition.

The All-Stars were without fan favourite Serena Prendergast for that match and despite running out to an early lead could not handle the Sonics down the stretch. The Sonics would go on to win the match 33-24 on the back of a commanding performance from Mitchell Bailey from Kingston College, who had a 21-point return — a competition-high score so far to take him to second place in the scoring leaderboard.

The Ballers team was unable to take the court for the second game resulting in a forfeit and the points being awarded to Team TreWay.

Ballers' player Jevaughn Morrison passed away under very tragic circumstances on May 13. His team, school and the basketball community are still coming to grips with that loss and a minute of silence was observed during the scheduled match time and prayers of support were offered for his family, team, school and the nation.

The top-of-the-table clash in the West was full of pulsating action as Shottas were able to cut the Giants down to size in a close match which went down to the last minute. Shottas won by two possessions of the basketball with the final score being 28-24.

The final match saw the U14 stars — the Mid-Range Kings needing a win to have a chance to make it to the play-off round as they faced the Calabar-based Real Lions who were leading the conference. The Kings produced a gritty, battling performance but would eventually take the loss, as the Lions won the game 33-18, thus eliminating the Kings.

At the end of the regular season, the conference standings saw Shottas ahead of Giants, Sonics and All-Stars in the Western Conference, while Real Lions lead Team TreWay, Mid-Range Kings and Ballers in the Eastern Conference.

Marcus Higgs (38) remains on top of the scoring leaderboard ahead of Mitchell Bailey (32), Akeem Pinnock (29), Jordan Gillies (28) and Sashen Holma (25).

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