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Malaki A. Smith powers Pelican Gate to BD Basketball final

Pelican Gate/IMPS earned the right to face Seventh-day Adventist School in the final of the 6th Annual BD Basketball Championship, with a hard fought 39-35 victory over Enis Adams Primary School on Saturday February 27, 2016 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Road Town. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Racing into a first period nine point lead, Pelican Gate /IMPS were slowly pegged back in the second stanza to be just up by 5, 21-16, at the half time break and then each team scored ten points in the third to set up a thrilling final six minutes. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Racing into a first period nine point lead, Pelican Gate /IMPS were slowly pegged back in the second stanza to be just up by 5, 21-16, at the half time break and then each team scored ten points in the third to set up a thrilling final six minutes. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Pelican Gate/IMPS earned the right to face Seventh-day Adventist School in the final of the 6th Annual BD Basketball Championship, with a hard fought 39-35 victory over Enis Adams Primary School on Saturday February 27, 2016 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Road Town.

Racing into a first period nine point lead, Pelican Gate /IMPS were slowly pegged back in the second stanza to be just up by 5, 21-16, at the half time break and then each team scored ten points in the third to set up a thrilling final six minutes.

Holding firm defensively and looking to hit their opponents on fast transitions, Pelican Gate/IMPS were able to stem the flow of points conceded and although being outscored in the dramatic closing minutes did enough to book their place in the final.

EAPS will face St George’s Primary in the match for 3rd/4th place.

Malaki A. Smith top scored for Pelican Gate with 25 points, adding 14 rebounds and 4 steals, whilst Jahleel Smith, Jaden Augustine, who also notched 3 steals, and Kael Chalwell all scored 4 points.

EAPS were led by 21 points from Dimitri Sprauve, who also claimed 3 rebounds and 2 steals. James Williams contributed 6 points with 3 rebounds and Niel Niles 4 points and 3 steals.

Ivan Dawson Primary beat ASPS

In other classification games, Ivan Dawson Primary used 5 points from Kwesi Smith and 4 from D’Relle Clyne to beat Althea Scatliffe, 18-15, to finish in 5th. Sha' El Lavacia top scored for ASPS with 6 points.

Francis Lettsome finished 7th with a 27-26 “derby” win over Willard Wheatley, thanks to 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals from Frankeisha Brown and 8 points from Jehshani Farrington.

J’hkoi Smith played a lone hand offensively for WWPS, notching 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals, whilst Chris Dwarke added 4 points and 6 rebounds.

The Championship Game is scheduled for Thursday March 3, 2016 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex.

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