National League: Hawks repeat as mens champs - Sep 18, 2013
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There was no champagne bath for the players to celebrate the win, but PLS Hawks brought champagne basketball to Victoria Gymnasium on Saturday as they marched over Beau Vallon Heat who could not move mountains for a fairytale finish.
The Hawks reached the century mark in a 100-60 win in the decisive match to claim a fifth consecutive league division one title, but before that Praslin Warriors put the icing on the cake as they powered past Anse Etoile 95-52 to win the league division two title and promotion to the top flight. Beau Vallon Heat 60 ... PLS Hawks 100
What a pleasant way to end the mens division one league campaign champagne basketball played by the Hawks, with an appreciative crowd lapping it up in a party atmosphere as some spectators, including one sporting a blue wig, danced as drums and other instruments were being played.
Hawks were out on a mission: Stop Beau Vallon Heat from becoming the first team to win the championship title in only their first year in the top flight. Last years second division winners Heat had been boasting all season long that they have been moving mountains and no one could say the least as they ended the first round of the championship unbeaten in eight games, but struggled in the second when they suffered three defeats before Saturdays decider.
As for the Hawks, they had lost two games, including one against the Heat, in the first round, but had remained unbeaten in the second until Saturdays encounter. It all came down to one game Saturdays decider. A win for the Hawks would see them win the title with 30 points, but a win for the Heat would mean the two teams would finish the championship equal on points 29 and the Heat would win the title on the head-to-head rule.
The big crowd knew they were in for a treat when the Heat went head to head with the Hawks in the winner-takes-all game to determine the 2013 league champions. In the end it did not turn out to be a thriller like most of the basketball lovers thought as the Hawks, whose centre Rodney Loz was too much for the Heat defence with his game-leading 33-point performance, pummeled their opponents 100-60. Score by quarters: 22-8, 24-9, 28-15 and 26-28. With a poor bench, and their outside and free-throw shooting not falling, the Heat, whose cheerleaders tried to keep up the spirit behind the teams bench despite the big gap, had to accept defeat against a more experienced Hawks.
Speaking to Sports Nation, coach Guy Hall accepted that the Hawks were too strong for his team whom he said were 40 points from winning the championship in only their first season up with the big guns. Hawks overpowered us today (Saturday), but Im proud with my team who fought for the first division championship title only one year after winning the second division crown. This is a real achievement, but in the end I feel the nerves got to the players in their first title decider at this level. We accept defeat and understand that we have to work harder next year to close the gap. We also need to beef up our bench, said coach Hall who ran out of ammunition against the Hawks who were firing on all cylinders. In his element on Saturday, centre Loz, who scored his teams 100th point and even gifted the Heat two points as the final seconds ticked away, said they had prepared for the decider. We were predicting a big win and knew we would win by a huge margin. Its just amazing and now we will work on defending the SBF Cup and also on making a good impression at the Indian Ocean Club Championship tourney, said Loz who got help from Nigerian Alao Solomon with 20 points.
With their big men doing a good job in the paint, PLS Hawks claimed their fifth mens division one league title in a row, bringing their tally to nine in 14 years since the introduction of clubs in 1993. They have previously won the title in 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Despite not shooting well, Jean-Paul JP Camille led the Heat in scoring with 18 points, while Christopher Toto Camille (16) and centre Robert Lon (14) combined for 30 points.
Anse Etoile 52 Praslin Warriors 95
Jackson Auguste was instrumental for Praslin Warriors, scoring a game-high 30 points in a 95-52 win that guaranteed them first place in the mens second division league and promotion to the top flight next year. We are ready and looking forward to playing top flight basketball next season. Although its difficult for us to recruit players from Mah, we will try our best to play hard, said Auguste. Captain J. Souffe added 19 points for the Warriors who won the championship ahead of Cascade Bullets who were counting on Anse Etoile to do them a favour.
Meanwhile, womens champions Anse Etoile Stars finished the three-round league unbeaten and their ninth win came against Mont Fleuri on a 55-42 score on Saturday.
G. G. Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com
Entente Orleans 45 (ProA) added to their roster 25-year old Seychellois ex-international center Abdel Kader Sylla (205-90, agency: Comsport). He moved there from Pau-Lacq-Orthez (ProA) where he played this season. In 34 games he recorded 4.7ppg and 3.9rpg [read more]
Entente Orleans 45 (ProA) added to their roster 25-year old Seychellois ex-international center Abdel Kader Sylla (205-90, agency: Comsport). He moved there from Pau-Lacq-Orthez (ProA) where he played this season. In 34 games he recorded 4.7ppg and 3.9rpg. The last season Sylla played also at Pau-Lacq-Orthez. In 23 games he averaged just 2.7ppg and 2.2rpg. His team made it to the French La Semaine des AS Cup Final Four in 2012. Sylla was a member of Seychellois Senior National Team in 2011. He has played previously professionally in Seychelles (Cobras). On Sylla:
An hard worker, long armed, very athletic inside player. Has good moves around the basket, intimidates the opponents and can finish with thunderous dunks. Even after having done great improvements in last season, observers say he has yet a tremendous upside. Has dreams of getting drafted and playing in the NBA, maybe that they will come true.
Baya clinch second league title in dominant fashion - 3 Years ago
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The 2014 mens division one league title will settle in Bel Air this year as Baya managed to wrestle the league championship from challengers Mont Fleuri Dawgz. Baya title winning game took place at Victoria Gymnasium on Saturday evening where they faced the task of defeating an MBU Rockers side who had already defeated them in the first round. As this was a high profile match, the Seychelles Basketball Federation (SBF) took every necessary precaution as they deployed police officers aroun... [read more]
The 2014 mens division one league title will settle in Bel Air this year as Baya managed to wrestle the league championship from challengers Mont Fleuri Dawgz. Baya title winning game took place at Victoria Gymnasium on Saturday evening where they faced the task of defeating an MBU Rockers side who had already defeated them in the first round. As this was a high profile match, the Seychelles Basketball Federation (SBF) took every necessary precaution as they deployed police officers around the grounds to ensure order among the passionate fans. Baya showed their intention from the start as they opened up a 10-point lead at the end of the first quarter much to the delight of the large crowd inside the gymnasium. It ended 26-16 on favour of coach Michel Malbrook s side. The second quarter continued much like the first as Baya kept on scoring to increase the gap to 13 points to take the scores to 42-29 at the end of the first half. By then the Baya fans had already began celebrating as although not impossible, on this day it would prove difficult for MBU Rockers to get back in the game. By the third quarter, the game picked up in intensity with very neat passing and finishing taking place on the court, which delighted the fans. Again it was Baya who had the edge in this quarter as they put the result beyond any doubt, taking the score to 65-44 and within minutes of the league championship. The final quarter saw the Rockers playing for pride, as this day belonged to the hard working Baya side, who despite already putting the game to bed, continued to give the fans some good displays. Timmy Adam was again the star man as he put the fans and his own players to their feet with two one-handed dunks in a row. He finished as the games highest scorer with 25 points. With time winding down, Baya were in possession when the final buzzer rang to send the fans and players into raptures as they claimed a second league title to cement their position as the best basketball team in the country. The final score was 92-64. I am extremely happy right now. We knew what we had to do before the game and we came out and achieved it, said Baya coach Michel Malbrook . When we defeated Mont Fleuri Dawgz last week, I said that we will not look back now and that is what we did today.This is Bayas second league title after winning it for the very first time in the 2008 season and will now hope to add the knockout title to their collection and of course, they will be hoping not to have to wait as long to taste another league success. As for MBU Rockers, they have been ever-improving over the years and will hope that they can challenge for the league title next year. In the other first division match played last weekend, Ervin Agathine scored 31 points to lead Drifters to an 87-79 win over Beau Vallon Heat. Courtesy of: basket-in-africa.blogspot.com
Dawgz keep title charge, Stars title defence in tatters - 3 Years ago
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Mont Fleuri Dawgz kept their hopes of a first ever league title alive as they won their ninth game of the season, while Anse Etoile Stars suffered another defeat, making their title defence all the more difficult. Mont Fleuri Dawgz was victorious over RC Dynamics, a side that has yet to record a win this season. A win against a much improved Dawgz side was always going to be a tough task and the boys from Mont Fleuri showed their superiority as early as the first quarter where they scored... [read more]
Mont Fleuri Dawgz kept their hopes of a first ever league title alive as they won their ninth game of the season, while Anse Etoile Stars suffered another defeat, making their title defence all the more difficult. Mont Fleuri Dawgz was victorious over RC Dynamics, a side that has yet to record a win this season. A win against a much improved Dawgz side was always going to be a tough task and the boys from Mont Fleuri showed their superiority as early as the first quarter where they scored 15 points compared to 4 for their opponents. The game continued with the same momentum, with the match ending in a big 92-34 score which put the Dawgz at the top of the standings. Ron Estico was the games leading scorer as he managed a contribution of 28 points including three successive three-pointers for his Dawgz side, who will next play Praslin Warriors. Third placed MBU Rockers suffered a major blow to their own title challenge, after they lost to Anse Boileau based Drifters. The match remained tight throughout, but in the end it was Drifters who ran out victorious with a 75-68 win. Drifters Arnaud Arissol led the scoring for his team with 17 points, with Keven Morel of MBU also contributing the same to his side. PLS Hawks, whose hope of defending their league crown looks bleak, were in action against last years surprise package Beau Vallon Heat and they managed to grab a big win. The game remained close, up until the final quarter where the Hawks increased their lead by 15 points, to win the contest on an 84-66 score. Captain Jean-Paul Desaubin led the scoring for his team, getting 21 points. Heats Jean-Paul Camille scored a game-high 23 point, but it was not enough to prevent defeat. The ladies division two saw defending league champions Anse Etoile Stars up against the defending knockout champions Mont Fleuri. Bernadette Songor led Mont Fleuri to a 67-43 win over the Stars who now find their bid to keep hold of the league title slip of their hands. Mont Fleuri and unbeaten Hotshots are now the two teams challenging for the title. In the mens division two, Grand Anse Wolves recorded an easy 67-38 win over Anse Etoile, while Cascade Bullets managed a 58-48 win over Juniors. Courtesy of: nation.sc
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