SKABA’s Ghetto Roots Draws First Blood

Ghetto Roots - Berlie Francis

Ghetto Roots – Berlie Francis

Photo Courtesy of SKABA

Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
St. Kitts Amateur Basketball Association
August 20, 2012

In what can only be described as “electric” the Digicel SKABA Final Four tipped off Sunday evening at basketball city with two highly anticipated match-ups.
Game 1 of the evening saw two former Champions in the multi time champs Horsford’s Ghetto Roots taking on the 2005 Champions the LIME Fig Tree Revelers.  Fig Tree got off to a flying start running circles around Ghetto Roots who seemed unprepared and surprised by the Fig Tree offense. The Revelers led by as much as 22 points in the first half and ended the half up 46-31.

Fig Tree continued the onslaught in the 3rd period however a determined Ghetto Roots clawed their way back into the game . By the end of the 3rd period Ghetto Roots came within 5 points as the quarter ended 65-60 to fig tree. Fig Tree again began the final quarter well with a series of plays and shots involving sharp-shooter Ray “Lomax” Liddie who shot well during the entire game and  the young energetic Graeme Browne  who kept the Revellers energized. However the Ghetto Roots held their composure and behind the steady hard-nosed play of Berlie Francis the team gained the lead for the first time in the game within the last 5 minutes of the final period. The 6′-7″ William Natta had a huge presence in the paint and Troy “Jasbo” Wattley as always was quite clinical in his steady scoring down low. Despite an injured knee Levi “By-By” Fyfeild led all scorers and Rymal “Bally” Browne’s  cool, calm play benefited the multi-time champs in the last minutes of the game.

The Game ended with  Ghetto Roots completing an impressive come from behind victory 81-77. Game 2 in the best of 3 series will take place on Thursday at 8pm at basketball city. It will be win or go home for Fig Tree on Thursday.

Fig Tree Dirt Revvelers Top Scorers Were:

  • Ray Liddie: 32 points, 6 steals, 1 block, 3 of 3 free throws made
  • Greamy Browne: 15 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals, 2 blocks,1 of 4 free throws made
  • George Gaiton: 11 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 of 1 free throws made

Ghetto Roots Top Scorers Were:

  • Levi Fyfield: 24 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists
  • Troy Wattley: 17 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 2 of 2 free throws made
  • Berlie Francis: 15 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 3 of 15 free throw made

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