Waves wash away champs Horizon in Winter League
Tyran Walker of Waves (second right) tries to block Horizon's Nicholai Brown (right) during their Elite 1 Caribbean Basketball Winter League game at the National Arena on Saturday. Also pictured are Horizon's Anthony White (left) land Waves' Cameron Burhannon.

Waves overpowered defending champions Horizon to snap their winning streak and hand them their first loss of the Elite 1 Caribbean Basketball Winter League last Saturday at the National Arena, while Storm defeated Rivers who are yet to record a win in the league.

Horizon started out slowly while taking three minutes to score their first point ending the quarter 18 to Waves' 26. Waves outscored them in the second quarter as well and led by as many as 23 to close the quarter at 34-57. Horizon picked up the scoring in the third quarter, but were still behind (60/73) at the end.

Horizon continued to make inroads in the fourth quarter, but just could not get the win. The match went to Waves 88-83. Waves's Cameron Burhannon (37 points) was on fire throughout the game, while Bobby Gray (22), was the top scorer for Horizon.

Waves and Horizon now have four wins each from five matches each, while defeating each other once in the league. They will next meet in the play-off to decide the finalists.

Waves coach Rohan Robinson was pleased with the win.

"Well, it was a good one (match). We watched the game [the first game and saw the mistakes]. We went back to the drawing board and said that the guys have to live up to their responsibility and live up to role, and as a result of that, we gained a 26-point lead, then we had some issues with persons playing too much minutes," he said.

Horizon coach Cleon Morgan was gracious in defeat.

"We have lost tonight, but we have a four-match win streak which was pretty good for us. Losing at this point is good for the team as we can go back to the drawing board, look at our mistakes tonight and work on that so we can come back again and play how we are used to playing," he noted.

The second match of the night was eagerly awaited as everyone in the Arena willed Rivers to get their first win. They came close to doing so several times but faltered by the way after being in good positions with healthy leads but it was another night of disappointment for them.

Storm put on a show while winning every quarter — 21-15, 58-38, 78-62 and 102-79 — to take the match by 23 points. The top scorers in the match were Storm's Brandon Armstrong (23 points) and Rivers' Anthony Ottley (27).

The next set of matches are scheduled for Wednesday when Waves take on the Storm at the National Arena at 6:00 pm, while at 8:00 pm champions Horizon cross swords with Rivers who are still seeking their first win.

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