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Ardenne, St George's shoot for Corporate Area titles

Published:Monday | February 1, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

Defending champions Ardenne High will be seeking to wrap up their best-of-three series against St George's College in game two of the finals of the ISSA/KFC basketball competition, at the National Stadium Courts today, starting at 5 p.m.

Ardenne lead the series 1-0, following their 72-56 win over St George's last Friday at the same venue and Basil Barrett, the coach of Ardenne, is confident his team can close out the series today.


"We are definitely going to win the game because we are a much better team than St George's," said Barrett. "We also have to make sure that we stick to our game plan and not turn over the ball too much.

"However, I think that we still have some more work to do on our defence and once we can do this then we should win the game," Barrett added.

Ardenne will rest their hopes in the hands of Dimitri Gage, who scored a game-high 22 points in Friday's win, along with Justin Fletcher and Mario Williams.

More aggressive

Meanwhile, St George's coach Cliff Brown is very optimistic his team can rebound from their game one defeat.

"We have to come out a lot more aggressive because our backs are against the wall and we can only go forward," he said. "If we lose we are out and so we just have to go out and play hard to win."

Brown added: "We will have to mark their shooters a lot closer and we also have to play better defensively."

St George's will rest their hopes on leading scorer Stefano Leslie, along with Kemar Cummings and Patrick Dillon.

In the curtain raiser, game two of the Under-16 final, starting at 3 p.m., St George's would be looking to close out their series against Ardenne. St George's lead the series 1-0, following their 47-45 win over Ardenne in game one.