Flyers Claim Game Two, Hoping To Close Out Playoffs Finals In three

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Coach of the Flyers basketball team, George Hughes.
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By Neto Baptiste

Flyers Basketball are now two-nil up in their best of five Playoffs Finals series against multiple times champions Ovals Ojays after claiming game two of the Antigua and Barbuda Basketball Association (ABBA) competition.

Flyers outscored their rivals in three of four quarters to claim the 67-60 triumph at the JSC basketball complex and move within just one win of the coveted title. Flyers had taken game one by a 76-63 margin.

Flyers got off to a good start, outscoring Braves 18-12 before clinching the second quarter 17-15. Ovals rebounded to take the third quarter 15-12 before Flyers sealed the deal with a 20-18 triumph in the fourth and final quarter.

Adonis Humphreys led the way for Flyers with 22 points and nine rebounds. Xavier Meade assisted with 15 points, five rebounds and seven assists while David Hernandez contributed with 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Coach of the Flyers team, George Hughes said the goal is to close out the series in three games.

“A team like this, you don’t want to give them the ability to stat gleaming some kind of hope because they are a dangerous team and we respect them. They bring out the best in us but we just basically want to try and make the series as short as possible and hopefully we can do that tomorrow [Tuesday] night. Right now it’s a psychological race, it’s not about skills anymore, it’s about how you prepare them mentally,” he said.

Hughes, also coach of the senior men’s team, said that despite being in a favourable position, they cannot ignore the experience and determination of the Ovals squad.

“We’re playing a team that has championship pedigree, they have championship pride, they have championship pride and they have been through a multiplicity of scenarios that they can work out in their heads or recall from. Some of my players are just now being introduces to some of these things like the physicality and some of them still are not able to deal with it so we just have to try and play through all that and see if we can get a next win,” he said.

In a losing effort, Alexis Jackson top-scored for Ovals with 20 points while grabbing 13 rebounds. Joshua Minner contributed with 18 points while Mario Davis picked up 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Tuesday’s game three is slated to start at 7pm on Tuesday.

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