By Carlena Knight
Ottos Coolers remain undefeated in division 3 of the Antigua Barbuda Basketball Association league as they defeated another undefeated team, F and G Trading Cuties Ovals Ojays 3, 60-49 on Wednesday night at the Cage formally known as Ovals basketball court.
The Cage was electrified as both stands were packed with supporters for Coolers and Ojays.
The highly anticipated matchup saw Coolers take an early advantage of the home team in the first half.
It was in the third quarter however that Ovals came alive and cut the deficit to a one point lead going into the final quarter.
Javon Simon was an unstoppable force for Coolers as he pushed his team over the hump in the fourth to pick up the victory.
Simon ended the match with 15 points, 16 rebounds and 5 steals but the leading scorer however was the spanish sensation, Maikol Florian who had 18 points and 8 rebounds.
Teammates, Adriel Ramirez and Alexis Jackson grabbed 17 and 10 rebounds respectively.
Michael Barton of Ovals 3 had 13 points and 14 rebounds while Delornje Jules had 12 points and 7 rebounds.
Cairon Davis chipped in with 8 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks in a losing effort.
In the other match up that night, Old Road Daggers trumped Police Vertex, 77-59.
Kevin Cornwall had 29 points and Ezekiel Francois 23 points and 20 rebounds for the victors.
Stefan Smith and Tash Harris also of Daggers had 7 and 6 assists.
Dale Gore of Vertex had 24 points while Alfred Telemaque, Eugene Remo and Roosevelt Browne had 8 points respectively.
Division 2 action also took place that night, this time up at the JSC Sports complex.
F and G Trading Cuties Ovals Ojays 2 followed in the footsteps of their younger team as they were also defeated by Antigua Home and Office Depot Rebels, 52-48.
Gabriel Perez had 18 points and 6 rebounds while Curtis Daniel, Tindal Telemaque and Toriano Matthew all grabbed 18, 10 and 6 rebounds to pick up their second straight win.
Percy Adams and Kevorn Cornwall had 11 points for Ojays 2 with assistance from Troy Robertson with 9 points.
Global Hawks edged out Flyers 2, 62-61 in the feature match up.
Buel Henry led his team with 22 points and 8 rebounds with assistance from Kamalie Swift with 12 points and 12 rebounds and C. Goodman with 10 points and 4 assists.
Flyers 2’s Mico Scotland had 14 points and 8 rebounds. He was assisted by Kellony Tonge with 12 points and Shaquille Kelly with 11 points and 9 rebounds.
Nickon McGregor also of Flyers grabbed 13 rebounds in a losing effort.