Horizon, Waves secure wins ahead of Saturday’s playoffs at P.H.A.S.E 1 Elite 1 Caribbean Basketball League

By August 18, 2022
Horizon, Waves secure wins ahead of Saturday’s playoffs at P.H.A.S.E 1 Elite 1 Caribbean Basketball League 876 Stream

Elite 1 Horizon and Elite 1 Waves both secured wins on day three of the P.H.A.S.E 1 Elite 1 Caribbean Basketball League at the National Arena in Kingston on Wednesday.

In the first game, the Waves got past the Elite 1 Rivers by a score of 91-75 to close the preliminary round with a 1-2 record and confirm a winless preliminary round for their opponents.

Forward Xander Bowers was named man-of-the-match after leading the way for the Waves with 21 points, four steals, three assists and three blocks. Gemaal Davis also contributed 20 points for the winners.

“Just playing at our pace,” was Bowers’ response when asked what the key to victory was for his team.

“Our coach has been preaching playing at our pace, staying patient and taking care of the ball,” he added.

When asked about his own performance, he felt he could’ve been even better.

“I thought I did okay. I could’ve been a little more aggressive in the second and third quarters. I feel like I started off well and I ended well.”

The same two teams will square off in the third-place playoff on Saturday and Bowers says more of the same should result in a win for the Waves.

“We have the confidence and we know we can beat them now. The key is going to be playing at our pace and being able to take care of the ball and get good shots,” he said.

The second game of the day was a preview of Saturday’s championship game between the unbeaten Horizon and Elite 1 Storm.

What was expected to be a tight encounter proved to be anything but as the Horizon produced a suffocating defensive display to send a message to the Storm ahead of Saturday with a comprehensive 106-84 victory.

Forward Anton Ivey was man-of-the-match with 23 points and eight rebounds while guard Bobby Gray also chipped in with 19 points, 11 assists and six rebounds.

Ivey credited his team’s defense as the catalyst for this statement-making win.

“Our gameplan was defense and we picked it up in the second half,” he said.

He then made no secret of the plan going into Saturday’s finale.

“Same gameplan, defense. We have to do the same things but execute better in the first half,” Ivey said.

The Horizon finished the preliminary round with a perfect 3-0 record while this loss means the Storm finish 2-1.

 

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