Gsssa Basketball Title Games Set In All Four Divisions


Tribune Sports Reporter


THE GSSSA Championship matchups are set in all four divisions setting the stage for next week's final series to decide division champions for the 2017-18 season.

The final set of game threes took place Tuesday night at the AF Adderley Gymnasium featuring everything from blowouts to a thrilling finish at the end of regulation to close out the night. The Anatol Rodgers Timberwolves recovered from a 0-1 series deficit to complete the backdoor sweep with a 53-50 win over the top seeded CI Gibson Rattlers.

Tied at 50, the T'Wolves inbounded the ball to Andre Calvert who drilled a three pointer from the left wing to advance to the championship for the second consecutive year.

The Rattlers led 15-11 at the end of the first quarter and went on a 10-0 run to start the second. They built as much as a 14-point lead in the second on a Tyrell Butler layup for a 25-11 before Jayson McHardy ended the drought for the T'Wolves.

The Rattlers maintained a 28-18 lead at the half and led 39-30 headed into the fourth quarter.

The CI Gibson lead was 13 with just under four minutes left to play. The T'Wolves trailed 50-37 when Kirklyn Farrington scored and sparked a run and the T'Wolves closed the game on a 16-0 run. Anatol Rodgers responded with a 74-73 win in game two.

On the other side of the bracket, the CC Sweeting Cobras advanced as they completed the two-game sweep with a 71-56 win over the Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins. The Cobras took game one of the series 57-47. In Senior Girls play, a tough afternoon continued for the CI Gibson Rattlers as their programme suffered elimination along with the Senior Boys.

The CV Bethel Stingrays emerged 47-39 to complete the sweep after their 39-36 win in game one.

The game continued after a delay Monday night due to a power outage yesterday. CI Gibson led the game 12-9 with 3:03 remaining in the second quarter at the time of the outage.

On the other side of the bracket, the defending champion Mystic Marlins breezed to the final with a 44-21 over the RM Bailey Pacers.

In the Junior Boys division, the CH Reeves Raptors completed a two-game sweep over the SC McPherson Sharks, they will advance to face the defending champion DW Davis Royals.

In Junior Girls play, the TA Thompson Scorpions advanced to take on the perennial champion HO Nash Lions who defeated the CH Reeves Raptors in a two-game sweep.


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