D-Fenders crowned 3×3 champs
By Taromane Martin
KING George Sixer’s basketball team player Godfrey Toramo has been named the high school player of the week for the second time.
Toramo who was named the player of the week a fortnight ago picked up the award last Sunday after helping Sixers defeat Mbua Valley Warriors 32-7 in their Honiara Basketball League high school match at the Multipurpose Hall.
The win propels King George into first position on the competition table with 31 points positive over last week’s leaders Saint Nicholas College Sentinels who dropped to second place with 30 points following their 20-8 win over Woodford International School.
Meanwhile there was a general bye round for the Open Women’s and Men’s Division as HBL hosted a 3X3 tournament at the Multipurpose Hall last Sunday.
The HBL Executive in a statement said the 3×3 tournament saw some hard fought matches from the eight men’s teams who registered, across the two pools.
While the men’s competition was action packed the organisers were left disappointed with the women’s 3×3 competition which saw only two teams registered on the day.
“The semi-final cross-overs saw Marist 1 emerge undefeated from Pool A, only to be overrun by D Fenders (second in Pool A) in overtime by a score of 15-13 in their semi-final,” the statement said.
“In the other semi-final, Pool B first place Cannons defeated Pool A second place Crusaders 8-4 to advance to the grand final.
“In the grand final, despite missing their star player Godfrey Toramo to injury, D Fenders were able to gain the ascendancy late in the game with some sharp outside shooting to run away 16-12 winners over Cannons.
“Organisers were disappointed with only two women’s teams nominating for the event, meaning only exhibition games were held for the women’s division, but overall were pleased with the competitive play and good sportsmanship in the men’s tournament,” the statement adds.
HBL says the next 3X3 tournament is scheduled for Sunday 21 October and more details will follow in the coming weeks.
Regular HBL league games resume next Sunday the Multipurpose Hall for all three divisions, High School Boys, Open Women and Open Men.