Pan American Life Insurance Warrens are one win away from lifting their second consecutive Barbados Amateur Basketball Association first division knockout trophy.
Whether Police Sports Club have what it takes to deny them that honour will be another story when the two teams meet in the final scheduled for this Sunday, September 24, at the Barbados Community College.
Warrens came up against Lakers Sports Club and pulled off a comfortable 65-53 victory during last night’s semifinal match at the Wildey Gymnasium.
Lakers commanded the first two stanzas at 14-10 and 26-21 before Warrens bounced back in the third quarter to lock the scores and then take a one-point lead 36-35. Lakers were ahead by two points 35-33 when forward Kevin Austin produced the basket and foul to give his team a one-point lead.
Warrens men playing in red really settled down and took charge in the fourth and decisive period dominating the play at both the defensive and offensive ends until the final whistle sounded, to earn their place in yet another final.
Former national captain, Zahir Motara led Warrens’ attack with a top score of 19 points, Kevin Austin had 11 along with seven each from Peter Alleyne and Kevin Austin.
Motara with a mere two points in the second quarter took some time to get warm but began finding form in the final quarter as he dropped the International Basketball Federation approved Molten ball through the basket for 17 points.
That energy from Motara combined with contributions made by Alleyne and company was the right blend to take the momentum away from Lakers who initially appeared on course to dethrone Warrens. But veteran Derek Browne with a game-high 21 points and Dario Bourne, 16, on the night, will need to wait another year to do so.
The other semifinal matchup was a bigger blowout as Police got the better of Bato Laba Bears who were unable to escape a 69-35 trouncing in the first semis played yesterday. Police dominated 15-4, 32-10 and 54-19 after the first three-quarters.
The main scorers for Police were Nicholai Williams with 14, Andre Stoute, 13, Dario Leacock 12, and Shawn Clarke seven. Meanwhile for Bears Antonio Sealy was the lone spark with 14 points as no one else managed double figures with the next best scores being nine and seven by Ramon Bridgeman and Shakiel Rock respectively.