Big hoops for local Basket Ball
September 17, 2004
Big hoops for local Basket Ball

Action in the Vinlec National basketball championship is expected to continue this weekend. The opening September 4 saw defending champ DAC Calliaqua giving every indication that they intend to retain the trophy.
After a slow start, the defending champion overcame a prestigious all star Vincy outfit 75: 68. But it was not a forgone conclusion. {{more}}The All Star Unit, fortified by Orlando Fergusson, was off to a flying start and led 16: 12 at the end of the first ten minute quarter. At the half way mark, All Stars progressed to 34, but DAC Calliaqua was warming to the task with 20 points taking them to 32.
By the end of the third quarter, the defending champion had asserted control and led 54: 49.
The final session was a formality even though the All-Star team tried to make a game of it. Fergusson 27 points, the top led the All Star scoring with Sigmond Fraser 10 following.
Lezlo McKenzie was the top marksman for DAC Calliaqua also with 27 and another national player Randolph ‘Sticky ‘ Williams kept the Calliaqua machine oiled with 18 points.
McKenzie executed some decent play and showed good fitness and versatility running from deep defence to score at regular breaks.
Ferguson for his part, admitted that he had to step up on his training schedule in order to maintain his match readiness.
He spoke of his five-year training stint in Canada, and of efforts to raise money to pursue further studies.
But he has not shelved his interest in the sport by any stretch of the imagination. He has organised a squad called Players of which he is captain and coach. But Ferguson is hoping for a full time sponsor to come and help to harness the talents he has been nurturing.
The DAC Calliaqua United team was: Dwight Clouden, Isharma McCree, Brenon Samuel, Irvin Trumpet, Randolph Williams, Dexter McCree, Seirano Thomas, Buford Thomas, and Lezlo McKenzie.
The All Star Unit was Orlando Ferguson, Mandy Samuel, Lance Peters, Lemon Miller, Joel Garraway, Asberth Joseph, Kesrick McKenzie, Sigmond Fraser, Algennon Peters, and Kamron Beache.