The Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA) senior boys basketball defending champions Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins made light work of the C.C. Sweeting Cobras yesterday, winning 75-55 in game two of their best-of-three playoff series to wrap up the series two games to none, and set up a rematch of last year finals when they take on the C.I. Gibson Rattlers starting Monday.
Action took place at the A.F Adderley Gymnasium yesterday evening in a packed gym. The only team to force a game three in the four divisions of the GSSSA playoffs was the relentless C.V. Bethel Stingrays senior girls team as they took down the Anatol Rodgers Timberwolves, 41-32.
D’Shante Cooper led the way for the Stingrays with 11 points. Laverne Armbrister and Erin Williams had 10 points apiece for the Timberwolves.
They will play a decisive game three today at 4 p.m. The winner will play the defending champions, the C.I. Gibson Lady Rattlers, in the championship series.
In junior boys action, it was a nail-biter but in the end it was the Timberwolves who came away with a 44-43 overtime victory over the S.C. McPherson Sharks. The Timberwolves were able to get it going in the second half after scoring only nine points in the first half. Leading the way for them was Tario Nairn with 17 points. Solomon Smith scored a game-high 26 points in the loss for the Sharks. The Timberwolves will play the D.W. Davis Royals in the junior boys championship series.
The H.O Nash Lions junior girls smothered the Royals in a dominating 36-11 victory. Trinity Cartwright and Geraniqua Bethel led the way with 12 points apiece for the Lions. With that win, the Lions set up a matchup against the defending champions T.A. Thompson Scorpions in the junior girls championship series.
In the senior boys clincher for the Mystic Marlins yesterday, big man Richard Lowe was a key player for them as he poured in 21 points. He was unstoppable in the win. He scored 10 of those points in the fourth quarter.
Head Coach of the Mystic Marlins Denycko Bowles leaned on Lowe and junior national team player Joshua Burrows more in the fourth quarter and they came through for him. Burrows scored eight of his 11 points in the fourth quarter after being tied up defensively most of the game.
At the half, the Mystic Marlins led by six, 47-41.
The Cobras played some hard-nosed defense, matching the Mystic Marlins’ energy in the first half. Hayward Seymour led the way for the Cobras as he finished with a game-high 24 points. He had eight of those points in the fourth quarter as he tried to lead a comeback.
With 2:55 remaining in the game, Maleek Pierre was able to score a layup to put the Mystic Marlins up 70-50. That basically sealed the win for them.
The Cobras tried to close the gap in the fourth, getting to as close as six, 51-45, on two free shots from Seymour with six minutes remaining in the game, but Matthew Saunders buried a three-pointer to ignite a 9-0 scoring run for the Mystic Marlins.
With the championships less than a week away, the defending champions have some time to iron out a few kinks before they go against a very athletic and conditioned Rattlers team who will certainly be looking to dethrone them and get revenge for losing in last year’s finals.