The 2018 Antigua and Barbuda Basketball Association (ABBA) Division two League champions, Ottos Coolers kept their playoffs hope alive on Sunday night at the JSC Sports Complex as they defeated Callaloo Cay Old Road Daggers, 64-61 in their Game two encounter.
The young and vibrant team who were in a win or go home scenario on Sunday, rose to the challenge to tie the best of three series at 1-1.
National junior player, Javon Simon was an unstoppable force, netting a game high 34 points, grabbing 14 rebounds and making five steals.
He was assisted by Lincoln Weekes who had 18 points and five assists with teammates; Daniel Perez and Shaquille Kelly chipped in with a combined 20 rebounds.
Old Road’s Kedar Clarke had 15 points and six rebounds while teammate, Kelvin “Shuggy” Simon contributed with 14 points and 15 rebounds.
National junior player, Ezekiel Francois grabbed 10 rebounds in a losing effort.
The deciding match-up will take place tonight at 8 p.m. at JSC.
LJ Northside Stingerz ended their regular season campaign on a high note despite the unexpected loss of key player, Coy Quinland.
Stingerz who needed to win the encounter by three or more points secured the second spot behind of league champions, F and G Trading Cuties Ovals Ojays after handing former champions, Flyers Basketball an 80-77 defeat.
Despite a 29-point,15 rebounds effort by titan, Adonis Humphreys and an 18-point, 10-rebound addition by CBA player, Torey Fassett, Flyers could not get over the hump.
James Barbee Jr. put his skills on full display, ending the match-up with 20 points, five rebounds and four steals for the victors.
Teammates, Keroi “Dragon” Lee and Leroy Percival both scored 16 points, with Lee grabbing an additional 11 rebounds to Percival’s six rebounds.
National player, Vivian “Boast” Destin chipped in with 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists.