Brown's three-pointer sinks Legends
Leighton Brown drained a game-winning three-pointer to lead former champions St Georges Slayers to a nail-biting 60-59 victory over last year's runners-up, Majesty Gardens Legends, in the Flow/National Basketball League (NBL) at the National Stadium on Wednesday night.
In the opening game of a double-header, defending champions Tivoli Gardens Wizards recorded their second straight win of the season, a 69-65 margin over the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF).
Andy Smith (19) and Kwame Lawrence (11) were the main scorers for the Edward 'Ted' Marshall-coached Wizards.
Dermaine Foster (19) and Stephen Spence (17) were the leading scorers for the JDF, who slumped to their second straight loss of the season.
In the feature match the Slayers, which last won the title in 2006, had to overcome a five-point half-time deficit (32-27) on the way to their second consecutive win of the season. The Rohan Robinson-coached Slayers led 48-47 at the end of the third period.
After trailing the Legends 57-58 with less than 20 seconds remaining, Brown stole a pass off the Legends' Maurice Blackwood then ran the court to score the winning basket, much to the delight of their supporters.
The Legends' Ataina McLennon had a chance to win the match in the last five seconds of the game, but after being fouled in the act of shooting he failed to convert both free throws.
Howard Daley, who netted 12 points, was the leading scorer for the Slayers.
Despite his team's win, Robinson was not all satisfied.
"I am not pleased with our performance, but I understand the way we played because we haven't had a full practice session together with everyone so far this season," he said.
Havando Dunn top scored for the Legends with a game-high 21, while Kemar McLeish (12 points and nine assist) and Blackwood (11 points and nine rebounds) made decent contributions.