LABA tourney resumes tonight …

first_imgRaiders face Falcons in attempt to regain form; Jets hope to topple unbeaten BullsBy Joe ChapmanTWO crucial match-ups are on tonight, as Retrieve Raiders try to regain some footing after suffering two early losses against Bankers Trust Falcons. Unbeaten Half Mile Bulls, who have won their two matches played so far, are seeking to remain unbeaten against the Amelia’s Ward Jets side who have won twice and lost once, as the Mackenzie Sports Club Open basketball championship organised by the Linden Amateur Basketball Association (LABA) resumes at the MSC hard court.The Raiders entered this championship, which will decide the official senior basketball club champions as the number one seed, but have stuttered along the way with losses to second-ranked Bulls and fourth seed Jets and now have to regain some form if they wish to reach the semifinals of this seven-club competition.The Raiders have looked lethargic so far and their energies surround the likes of guard Keon Cameron, Shamar Chapman, Coel Winter and Travis Sutton as the future players in this experienced lineup, who still depend somewhat on Neil Marks and Abdulla Hamid.Falcons, on the other hand, with two losses are looking to record their first win like their opponents. Both are on two points. Their best players have been Akeel Primo, Quincy Richmond and Devon Thompson.The Bulls versus Jets encounter should be very interesting. It brings together two leading clubs. The Bulls have four points after two wins and the Jets have two wins and one loss for five points.The Jets are dependent on the Webster brothers Allister, Adrian and Joel. Young Akini Wilson has added his name on the score sheets as well as Donnel Benjamin and Emmanuel Archibald, but they would hope their best shooter Orin Rose can find his form now.The Bulls are a strong unit but Terron Welch their potent scorer is still to be at his best and their addition of Vibert Benjamin should be a plus. Without the inside presence of Travin Dryden however, they may struggle and hope that Jason Blair, Joebie Easton and Keifer Tappin come to the party.These games tonight could give an indication of what one can expect eventually as the tournament gains momentum.last_img

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