Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Lavas Haas scored a team-high 20 points to lead Aqua 'A' to an exciting 70-62 victory over Norman Gardens in the Hi-Lyte/Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Southern Conference Division One Basketball competition on Tuesday at the Tivoli Gardens courts.
The unbeaten Aqua 'A', favourites to win this year's trophy, were registering their eighth consecutive victory this season.
Haas, who also grabbed 12 rebounds, received solid support from Anthony Richards, who netted 17 points and pulled down 12 rebounds.
Aqua 'A'began the match slowly as sloppy defending and a number of turnovers were some of the factors which saw them trailing the Knights 35-30 at half-time.
However, the Howard McCarthy-coached Aqua stepped up their game in the third stanza, as they outscored Norman Gardens 19-14 to tie the game 49-49 at the end of the quarter.
Aqua 'A' played with a lot guts and determination in the final quarter, as they outmuscled their opponents at both ends of the court and in the process outscored Norman Gardens 21-13 to come away with the victory. Kaunda Marks with 28 points, and Sheldon McGrower, 22 points, were the leading scorers for Norman Gardens.
In the day's other games, Nannyville Youths registered a 54-51 victory over Ebony Volcanoes. Martin Henry with 14 points, and Jermaine Hamilton, 13, were the main scorers for Nannyville Youths. Marvin Lennon was the leading scorer for the Volcanoes with 18 points.
In another game, North Street Heats thrashed Aqua 'B' 103-65. Michael Rogers led the way for the Heats with a game-high 19 points. He received good support from Ashley Marshall, 17 points. Andre Moore, who netted 15 points, was the main scorer for Aqua 'B'.
MegaMart Magics defeated Blazing Panthers 47-43.
Meanwhile, the competition continues today at the same venue with Denham Town Warriors opposing Pembroke Hall, starting at 7:30 p.m.