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Government league basketball set for ‘exciting’ semifinals

  • LOOKING FOR OFFENSE: Defence Force Marines’ guard Delvonne Duncombe looks for an open teammate during their regular season game against the Police Royals. They are matched up against the Royals in the semifinals of the Bahamas Government Departmental Basketball Association.

Guardian Sports Reporter

Published: Sep 10, 2013

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The semifinals in the Bahamas Government Departmental Basketball Association (BGDBA) are set. The pennant-winning Defence Force Marines will take on the Police Royals, and the Tronicquest Cybots will battle the Police Crimestoppers.

It’s been an exciting season thus far, and with the league now into the semifinals things are expected to heat up. The semifinals got underway last night at the D.W. Davis Gym, but the results of the two games played were unavailable up to press time.

The pennant-winning Marines is the favorite this year. The Cybots is the runner-up in the pennant race, closing the regular season with an 11-1 win/loss record. The Crimestoppers’ win/loss record was 9-3 and the Police Royals finished at 8-4. The regular season statistics had the Cybots’ duo of Adorn Charlow and Eugene Bain as the best rebounders. Mark Hanna is listed as the top scorer. Hanna and his team, the Bahamas Union of Teachers (BUT), were eliminated in the first round of play by the Marines. Sitting in second in the points division this year was Patrick Brice who plays with the Prison Challengers. Bain finished third in scoring, and Dion McPhee from the Police Royals was fourth. Vernon Stubbs, from the Crimestoppers, was fifth.

“I know the Cybots is a running team, they like to run so we will have to come prepared for that,” said the head coach for the Crimestoppers, Anthony ‘Cops’ Rolle as they prepared for their semifinal series. “We match up evenly with them so we aren’t worried. It should be exciting. They have their game plan and we have ours. The time will come to see who executes their plan properly.

“I have faith in my team and I know what they are capable of doing. My point guard ‘Slugger’ (Freddie Lightbourne), he does an excellent job controlling the tempo and we have persons like Vernon and others who contribute. I only need my big man Kenny to stay healthy and you will see a game. This is definitely one series you want to watch because the Crimestoppers are playing to go to the championship. We usually turn up our game around this time.”

Lightbourne led the league in assists this year, averaging about seven assists per game. Brian Bain, who plays for the Cybots, was second with 6.2 assists per game. The best percentage from the free throw line was 93.3 percent, an average posted by the Cybots’ Georgio Walkes.

Walkes also led the league in three-point percentage. Trailing him in that division was Dario Seymour from the Crimestoppers and Delvonne Duncombe from the Marines, in that order. McPhee had the most steals this season, picking off more than 40 passes.

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