Pitbulls win second straight

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The Antigua & Barbuda Pitbulls won a second straight game in the Leeward Islands Basketball Association (LIBA) Under-20 Championships on Thursday, beating Anguilla 64-54 here at the JSC basketball complex on Old Parham Road.
Javon Simon led the way for the Pitbulls with 18 points and nine rebounds while Lincoln Weekes had 14 points and five rebounds.
Coach of the Antigua & Barbuda team, Mahijah Davis, said the margin should have been wider but believes his players became overconfident after building a considerable lead in the opening stage of the game.
“We came out the gates sharp because we actually had a 21 points lead so I would have to disagree that we came out flat-footed. The problem is because we thought it was going to be a pretty competitive game and that we would have been challenged. But after the guys saw that we broke out such a big margin and it was [not] as competitive as we thought … they got complacent and just thought they had already won the game and were going through the motions,” he said. 
The former national player, however, went on to add that his team underperformed in other areas.
“We shot the ball from the field in the first half pretty well but in the second half we didn’t do a really good job at it and at the free throw line we weren’t really good. I don’t know if it was just one of those nights because in our first game we shot a very high percentage at the free throw line but these things do happen sometimes,” Davis said.
The coach went on to thank the public for their support thus far.
“We’re loving it actually and I think that is what’s actually motivating us to want to be more aggressive on our defense and want to actually execute because whatever we do and our fans like it,  they go wild and they go crazy and it helps to boost us as the home team,” he said.
In other matches played Thursday St. Maarten defeated Montserrat 115-75 while St. Kitts defeated Nevis 55-32.

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